About Daniel Adkinson

The Rev. Daniel Adkinson serves as the founding rector of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Athens, GA. Prior to moving to Athens to plant St. Thomas, he served for almost a decade at Christ Church in Plano, TX. He is married to Holly and they have two children. Daniel and Holly met while in college at the University of Georgia. So, they love being back in the Classic City!

The Next Normal? Not So Fast (COVID-19 Final Resource Roundup)

Early on in the midst of this global pandemic, Ed Stetzer told us to think about the next few months like an accordion. He predicted multiple phases of expanding and contracting in terms of our ability to gather in-person. We are beginning to see this accordion effect. The U. S. News & World Report ran an article Monday morning about [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:28:51-05:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Regaining Rhythm? (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

The last few months have been incredibly disruptive. We have all been navigating a global pandemic. Now, we are navigating phases of COVID-19 recovery (and possible resurgences) alongside renewed conversations about race and justice amidst social unrest. As we move into the Summer, many congregations are regaining some sort of rhythm as they begin regathering. We have also noticed a [...]

By |2020-06-23T10:07:39-05:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Beginning to Regather for Worship (COVID–19 Resource Roundup)

Our COVID–19 Resource Roundup Focus This Week This week, we want to highlight several different areas. First, the national conversation is focused on race, justice, and social unrest. There is a robust conversation taking place and we are seeing different responses from church leaders. Anglican Compass published "A Letter to Fellow ACNA Clergy" and hosted a Roundtable Discussion Webinar on [...]

By |2020-06-16T06:07:31-05:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

An Outside-the-Church Approach to Regathering: “Simple Services” at St. Thomas Anglican Church

St. Thomas Anglican Church is a "maturing church plant" in the Anglican Diocese of the South. Like many church plants, we are completely mobile and rent the facility we use for worship on Sundays. Normally, we gather in the Day Chapel located in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, which is managed by the University of Georgia. Over the last [...]

By |2020-06-18T15:41:49-05:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |2 Comments

Increasing Complexity for Ministry and Mission (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Expanding Our COVID-19 Resource Roundup Focus Last month it felt like many of our churches and leaders were finding their legs again. They had pivoted to various creative ministry avenues during the COVID-19 lockdowns. (Pivot and unprecedented are probably in the running for the word of the year.) Everyone was making plans for post-COVID-19 recovery and phased regathering. How would [...]

By |2020-06-08T15:44:31-05:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Remember COVID-19? (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Whiplash! Remember COVID-19? Last week, we witnessed the tragic death of George Floyd. His murder released new waves of social conversation, violence, prayerful reflection, and a wide variety of responses within our communities. Amazingly, within a few days, the national focus on COVID-19 and COVID-19 recovery shifted. The COVID-19 crisis seems like it is 'so last week'...except that it is [...]

By |2020-06-02T07:29:19-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How Churches Are Helping (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

We need your help. We are assembling the best resources for ministry in the church relative to the COVID crisis. This is the ninth edition of the round-up. Thank you all for your support and for your readership. We want to turn our attention to how churches are dealing with the IMPACT and EFFECT of the Pandemic on the people [...]

By |2020-05-26T15:18:42-05:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Accordion and the Pendulum (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

After several months of ministry in the midst of a pandemic, things are slowly beginning to shift. Some states have begun re-opening. Most states and churches are announcing and exploring phased stages of regathering. Communities are thinking about recovery and what the "next normal" will look like. By the way, there are two helpful images we have been hearing to [...]

By |2020-05-22T07:43:51-05:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Church Regathering Guidelines (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

We are two months into ministering during a pandemic. Some ACNA congregations have now regathered on Sundays for a few weeks. Others anticipate regathering over the summer or even waiting until the fall. The novelty of digital ministry has worn off, but we also see ongoing opportunities. Looking back at the past week, there were a number of ACNA webinars, [...]

By |2020-05-12T08:52:23-05:00May 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

How to Lead in Uncharted Territory: A Review of “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger came highly recommended. Last year, I received a copy of the book from Archbishop Foley Beach. He had read it and found it so helpful that he sent each rector in our Diocese (ADOTS) a copy of the book. The premise of the book focuses on Christian leadership in [...]

By |2020-05-08T06:44:53-05:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

Regathering Church? (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Are we at the beginning of the end?  The end of the beginning? What is the new normal? Or, as Mark Cuban mentioned a few weeks ago, what is the 'new abnormal'? It is time for churches to come back together for worship? How? When? What is at stake? The primary conversation right now for church leaders is about the [...]

By |2020-05-05T07:33:06-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Discerning Digital Fruitfulness in a Pandemic

Ministry Dashboard Pastors operate with a default dashboard. In fact, the measurements on the dashboard will tell you a lot about the values of the church. Classic metrics were the so-called ABC's of attendance, buildings, and cash. Newer missional metrics might include adult baptisms, participation in groups, or service hours in our community. Right now, pastors feel like they are [...]

By |2020-04-30T10:11:32-05:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Does Adaptive Leadership Look Like in a Pandemic? (COVID–19 Resource Roundup)

(Spoiler Alert: There are a few videos in this update [see below]. Watch them all on The Evergreen Project YouTube channel.) Last year, long before this COVID-19 pandemic, Archbishop Foley Beach sent every rector in ADOTS a recommended book. The book was Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger. We plan on offering a full review [...]

By |2020-04-28T07:42:47-05:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Looking Ahead Together (COVID–19 Resource Roundup)

We have come through Easter Week. Most churches and leaders are catching their breath and beginning to look ahead. Our resources this week focus on the Church Sustainable and encouraging stories from the field. Since our last resource roundup, it was announced that funding for the Payroll Protection Program of the CARES Act has run out of funds. Many feel [...]

By |2020-04-27T16:45:53-05:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Taking the Long View (COVID–19 Resource Roundup)

This is the third "COVID–19 Resource Roundup" (click here to view them all), collections of resources that are encouraging to the Body of Christ. Behind the scenes of worry and terror, our clergy are stepping up and doing new things in a new age. Their creative energy and passion are making these days effective for the Lord. Go to the [...]

By |2020-04-27T16:47:10-05:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ministry in a Pandemic: Resource Roundup (2020-04-07)

The Evergreen Project is broadening its scope. Archbishop Foley Beach and Canon Alan Hawkins have tasked Canon David Roseberry and the Evergreen Project along with Canon Phil Ashey and the American Anglican Council to collect, create, and curate resources from around the Anglican church to help all of our congregations in the Anglican Church in North America through this time. [...]

By |2020-04-27T16:40:48-05:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |3 Comments

Ministry in a Pandemic: Resource Roundup (2020-03-31)

Note from David Roseberry: There are so many leaders, churches, and ministries that are facing the challenge of our day with passion, purpose, and creativity. The bad news is that this pandemic is upon us all.  The good news is that leaders are working in their own context to strengthen gospel ministry. It is impressive to see! Read this post [...]

By |2020-04-27T16:40:48-05:00March 31st, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ministry in a Pandemic: Resource Roundup (2020-03-26)

The Evergreen Project, led by Canon David Roseberry, is broadening its scope. Our job has been Creating, Collecting, and Curating Resources for a Thriving Church. In the midst of the current pandemic, and at the invitation of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America, we want to help our parishes thrive specifically in the midst of this challenging, [...]

Let John Chrysostom Preach His Nativity Sermon the Sunday after Christmas

Several years ago, I served as the Assistant Rector at a large Anglican Church. This meant, of course, that I had the wonderful opportunity of preaching cultural holiday weekends when attendance would be predictably low ... i.e. Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, etc. One of the key weekends that I always got to preach was the First Sunday of [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:55-06:00December 13th, 2019|Categories: Church Year, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: , , |2 Comments