Congregations and Community Engagement

Congregations and Community Engagement

This resource list was developed to supplement the workshop, Congregations and Community Engagement, led by national speaker and consultant Joy Skjegstad.

McNeal, Reggie. Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, 2009.This is a key resource in helping congregational leaders change their thinking about how to relate to their communities. It includes material on making “Missional Shifts” within the church—shifting from a single congregation view to a Kingdom of God view, for example, and changing the “scorecard” for church to include ministries focused on the community.

Perkins, John. Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1995.
This book is the classic text on the asset-based community development approach advocated by the Christian Community Development Association. This approach focuses on relocation (into the target community), redistribution and reconciliation.  A variety of practitioners have written chapters for the book.    

Rusaw, Rick and Eric Swanson. The Externally Focused Church. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2004.
This book features tools to help congregations turn from an internal focus on church programs only to an external focus on the community.  Helpful Scripture references are included—these could be used in Bible studies or sermons.  A number of church case studies are also included.  

Skjegstad, Joy. 7 Creative Models for Community Ministry. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2013.
Skjegstad provides an overview of seven ways that congregations can implement community ministry including mobilizing volunteers, partnering with another organization, and starting a program or a non-profit at the church. The book includes chapters on implementing a “Meet the Neighbors” process with church members and also on community ministry in the small church.