Connecting the Church Library with the Church: Connecting with the Ministries of the Church

Connecting the Church Library with the Church Family



  • READ/CONFERENCE: Read pages 11-15 in the Church Library Ministry Information Service and the following three articles AND/OR participate in a conference on connecting church library ministry with other ministries of the church.

              a.  “Develop A ‘Simple Church’ Library to Focus on Disciple-Making”

              b.  “One Church Library Making a Different World”

              c.  “What Help Can Your Church Library Offer Caregivers”

  • INTERVIEW at least two ministry leaders in your church including Bible study/Sunday School, Discipleship Ministry, mission organizations, etc. Click here for assistance with your interviews: How to Interview Ministry Leaders in Your Church.
  • DEVELOP strategies for connecting with a minimum of two ministries in your church.
  • IMPLEMENT your plans.
  • EVALUATE the strategies after 2-3 months of implementation by talking with the ministry leaders. When you complete the evaluation and make the necessary revisions in the strategies, request your "CLM Connecting with the Ministries of the Church Family" certificate. Click here for the application.


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Comment by Morlee Maynard on August 15, 2012 at 8:22am

Hi Carolyn!! Great to hear about what you are doing!! EQUIP is a great place to learn how to do church library ministry. I also suggest you post your question on the Q&A here at the CLN. You will get lots of ideas for expanding your collection. And for weeding. Very likely you have titles that have not been checked out in a very long time. I suggest you go to the Collection Development courses here on EQUIP. There are links there to articles on weeding and other things that will help you get started. And there are training events that may be near you. I am going to email you the roster. THANKS!

Comment by Carolyn Powdrill on August 14, 2012 at 7:03pm

I have been a volunteer at the public library off and on for several years. I am familiar with library work. I have just been elected Church Librarian. The previous librarian has it in her blood--Jr High lib for 30 years and church librarian  for at least 10 years. She has passed on a wealth of knowledge to me but our non-fiction section is outdated but it is the only material we have on some subjects--foundation of the church, missions, and others. I would like to get some new materials but we are bursting at the seams.

Also, I would like to expand my knowledge with continuiing education. Can you suggest anything for this?                   Carolyn

Comment by Jenn Burwell on September 13, 2011 at 3:30pm
Thank you very much, Morlee!  Please have a great and wonderfully blessed rest of the day!
Comment by Morlee Maynard on September 13, 2011 at 2:13pm
This course is now linked to all the new articles on the new Thank you for your patience!
Comment by Morlee Maynard on September 12, 2011 at 6:13pm
Thanks for the offer. I'll keep that in mind.
Comment by Jenn Burwell on August 1, 2011 at 11:54am

I did this with our Senior Pastor and one of our co-leaders of the Children's Ministries.


With our Senior Pastor, I kept this meeting short and sweet.  He is a busy man and I didn't want to take up too much of his time.  He surprised me by wanting to talk longer. He likes history, especially WWII. I asked what we could do be a good resource for him and what he would like is for us to form a godly team who can place materials in the library that will help disciples grow closer to the LORD.  We are working on that.  I also had a kit (set of books and other material) come to my attention repeatedly over a few months. I finally got God's hint and requested some time with Pastor Ray.  He listened attentively and asked some questions. We left that day with him reviewing what I had brought.  Next time I saw him, he told me he had given the material to the Sunday School director for review. And now, the whole church will be doing a program that is based on this kit! Please talk with your pastors about the work you can do form them!


With the co-leader of the Children's Ministries, it was her asking me. I had been sending out questionaires (inside our bulletins) to get a better understanding of what our congregation wanted to find in their library.  One lady who taught 2nd grade SS, gathered the data for her entire class.  She then asked Christy (the co-leader) how about having the kids in the library! So at the next council meeting, Christy took me aside and asked if I could do that for the kids.  I said sure! Be happy to! So I broke it up into 2 times (one for the younger (1-3 grade) and one for the older (3-5th grade).  It worked out well for the first group. I have the second group in 2 days.


I am also going to ask my team to do this. Not sure how many will since all are volunteers but am going to ask!  Thank you for having a education program that can also be a teambuilding program!

Thirsty for God,

Jenn Burwell

Forest Hills Baptist

Wilson, NC

Comment by Morlee Maynard on April 6, 2011 at 3:30pm
Tell us about your interviews and the plans you are implementing with leaders of your ministries.

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