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 Race, Justice, and Social Unrest. There has been pushback to this approach, such as a recent article in First Things by Gerald McDermott.
One of our goals in these resource round-ups is to curate content for busy pastors. In that vein, here are two resources we would recommend.
- The first is a video from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC from several years ago featuring Tim Keller and Bryan Stevenson (author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption).
- The second is a recent video from Bishop N. T. Wright (you can read the full text of his talk here).
These are part of the pastoral context for ministry right now. Following these videos, we want to highlight some stories of churches begin to re-gather during COVID-19 Recovery and other COVID-19 specific resources.
Stories from the Field as Churches Regather
- Historic Church Re-opens for Worship – Historic St. Michael’s Church in Charleston, SC re-gathered for worship this past Sunday with a unique “Sermon Duet.” Anglican Compass has published the story.
- Young Church Plant takes a Unique Approach – The church I pastor, St. Thomas Anglican Church in Athens, GA has taken an “Outside the Church” approach to meeting back together. Here is what we are trying.
- Revisiting this Webinar – In early May we hosted a webinar with Ed Stetzer on re-gathering that is still really helpful. Note that Ed predicted June 15 (2020) was when we will have clearer information about COVID-19. In many ways, that has been derailed by the new developments of the mass gatherings for public protests and diminished focus on COVID-19.
- From Fellow Pastors – The Barna Group has an article about regathering and an audio podcast from pastors of what it has been like to welcome congregants back for in-person worship.
- Improving Digital Ministry Now – As you regather, we recommend a hybrid approach. Do not abandon digital ministry too quickly. Anglican Compass has recently released an article and a free e-book on How to Thrive in a Digital Exile: 9 Tips for Churches.
COVID–19 Ministry & Leadership Resources
- Dashboard Summary – We want to keep the US News & World Report Information Hub on your radar. It tracks national and global statistics regarding infections, death, and unemployment.
- Legal Issues – Christianity Today has an article on Religious Freedom Lessons from COVID-19 that is helpful now and anticipates some things we may need to navigate if there is another pandemic spike.
- What Now? – The Coronavirus and the Church website is preparing to release a Post-COVID Playbook that may be helpful. There is a video introducing the material. Praxis Labs also has a great collection of COVID-19 Resources.
- Loan Forgiveness – Did your church apply for a PPP loan through the SBA? Guidelines are coming out to apply for loan forgiveness of those funds. Church Law & Tax has a simple article on beginning the loan forgiveness process.
- Kids Ministry – How are you thinking about Next Generation ministry? Barna Group has a special feature on the future of Kids Ministry.
This is the twelfth COVID-19 Resource Roundup from the Evergreen Project Team. Each is intended as a stand-alone collection of resources to encourage the Body of Christ and equip Anglican leaders.
The Evergreen Project is an ACNA effort led by Canon David Roseberry of LeaderWorks. Archbishop Foley Beach and Canon Alan Hawkins have tasked the team along with Canon Phil Ashey and the American Anglican Council to collect, create, and curate resources to help ACNA congregations in this unique time. We want to help by pointing busy pastors and ministry leaders to things we are finding helpful amidst the vast amount of content being produced and published right now.
Do you have a resource or story to share?
Our point of contact for each week’s Resource Roundup is the Rev. Daniel Adkinson – danieladkinson [AT] me.com.