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 |2020-07-07T16:06:42-05:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

When and How to Regather Your Church? Ed Stetzer Webinar Recording and Takeaways

I was glad to have our friend Ed Stetzer join us and provide some insight and clarity for the decision that many people in the church (Rectors, Bishops, and members of the Vestry) are going to have to make. The video replay is here (on The Evergreen Project Youtube Channel). It should be watched and replayed for all Vestry members [...]

By |2020-05-07T10:28:18-05:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Not So Normal: 10+ Areas to Consider as Your Church Moves Forward Through the Pandemic

Some days I sit in my armchair, wrapped in a blanket and catch myself dreaming––when we’re back… when things are normal… when… But then I do something wild and crazy like venture out of my house to get groceries, and it all comes flooding back. Normal is over. So what happens next as we move forward into some place we’ve [...]

By |2020-05-07T09:22:29-05:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

How Can Anglican Churches Help Those Who Grieve? Interview with a Grief Counselor

During the stay-at-home-order, I was able to interview my wife Victoria, who is a grief counselor and who continues to provide support to clients during this crisis. Victoria Goebel, LMSW, is a Bereavement Counselor at Crossroads Hospice of Atlanta. She is a graduate of the Masters in Social Work program at the University of Georgia.  What is grief? Grief is [...]

By |2020-05-05T05:53:13-05:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Should You Preach a Mother’s Day Sermon? (UPDATED for COVID–19)

For reasons that only the Google gods know, the blog post I wrote last year on preaching a Mother’s Day sermon was a hit. However, it was written before the days of the new "abnormal," and now needs to be updated. But the question is still valid. “Should you preach a Mother’s Day sermon?” In a word, yes. This year, [...]

By |2020-05-05T08:06:29-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: |2 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

Wondering When & How to Reopen Your Church? Join Us for a Webinar with Ed Stetzer!

The decision about reopening churches for public worship is not an easy one. There are so many things to pray through and discuss with leaders and members. As the country begins to open up, what are the things that leaders and congregations should consider? How can we balance the desire to return to worship life as we knew it with [...]

By |2020-05-04T11:36:01-05:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

3 Ways Pastors Can Provide Theological Leadership During COVID-19

It is now Eastertide and the quarantine orders have not been lifted nor has the spread and toll of COVID-19 been fully exacted: we are still living in the time of the virus. Some among us may have hoped that, by Doubting Thomas Sunday at least, we might have some clearer picture of “when we can return to normal,” but [...]

By |2020-05-01T17:26:23-05:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |2 Comments

Consider Saving Lives: 3 Problems to Consider Before Live-Streaming Worship

I previously wrote a post with some advice about how to move forward with video in this strange time. For several reasons, I decided to leave out the most controversial of my suggestions. I have seen others, including those on this website, suggesting that the ideal way of approaching the task ahead of us is by utilizing live video. I [...]

By |2020-05-01T10:32:47-05:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |2 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

Mass via Media: Suggestions for Using Video Technology to Transmit Anglican Worship

I grew up Southern Baptist and met my wife while working as a videographer at a summer camp run by Lifeway. My first real job was making videos and short films for worship at a large Bible church in Arkansas. When it became clear that Anglicanism was going to become my ecclesial home, I assumed that my love and passion [...]

By |2020-04-27T10:31:32-05:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |2 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

Let’s Make the Church Sustainable

It is easy to see why some would worry today about the durability of the Church in these days of coronavirus. Most every church is living through a perfect storm of problems, obstacles, and fear. First, the members of our congregations are besieged by bad news on the economic front. Twenty-two million (and more) people have been laid off in [...]

By |2020-04-19T15:33:54-05:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |1 Comment

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

Online Worship Ideas for Holy Week & Easter (Webinar Recording)

Earlier this week, the Evergreen Project hosted a panel of Rectors from Anglican churches in the US and Canada to talk about how they are navigating online worship and plans for this coming Holy Week & Easter. The webinar began with greetings from Archbishop Foley Beach who prayed for our Rectors and joined us for the entire presentation. He even [...]

By |2020-04-04T07:38:29-05:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Burial Rite of The Book of Common Prayer 2019 Explained

Quite a few new priests have never officiated a funeral. We have had many requests for a simple overview, and we reached out to Fr. Lee Nelson for such a post. We also include a funeral planning guide that can be used to work with individuals and families in planning. This post assumes the ability to hold a public funeral [...]

By |2020-03-29T20:35:34-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Church is Not Closed

Churches all over the world are not holding public gatherings, and are moving their ministries to online or one-on-one ministry. They do this as an act of love, not out of fear. But we are not closed; we are more active than ever. Fear is understandable, and we should take this virus seriously. But we are not suspending public worship [...]

By |2020-04-01T09:14:28-05:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |1 Comment

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, [...]

How to Develop Sacred Space through Online Streaming

Most of us are trying to get our feet under us as we figure out how to hold services online during this time. There’s no shortage of advice on what programs to use and what equipment you need. But in the midst of this scramble for information, we must take a moment to consider what we hope to create in [...]

By |2020-03-25T07:53:04-05:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |3 Comments

Stewardship in an Age of Coronavirus

My role as curator and guide for The Evergreen Project compels me to write a few thoughts and ideas for the benefit of all of our leaders in the Anglican Church in North America. Whether or not these ideas and suggestions, and the thinking behind them, make their way beyond our newly formed denomination, I cannot tell. But my perceived [...]

By |2020-03-24T20:17:56-05:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: |1 Comment

Read “The Rector and the Vestry,” A Guide for Rectors, Wardens, and Vestry Members

It took about three months to finish this one phone call. When I was done, I had a book called The Rector and the Vestry. It is now available on Amazon. In November of 2019, I was speaking with a friend and colleague in ministry. He is the Rector of a small but growing church that he planted about seven [...]

By |2020-03-24T20:43:16-05:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments
Go to Top