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 that more funds will be released. So, our advice remains the same. Talk to your financial leaders and your bank about what makes the most sense for you. But, be proactive on the local level as you think about stewardship and generosity.
Is Your Church Sustainable?
- The Evergreen Project Team and the American Anglican Council Team presented a webinar together last week on the Church Sustainable. The recording of the webinar is now available here on Anglican Compass. Also, we have included the slides from the webinar presentation, an updated article on Stewardship in an Age of Coronavirus, and other follow up resources. Many of our viewers expressed to us that the webinar was very helpful as they think through the ways and methods of making their own congregation sustainable.
Every member of any Vestry or church governing board should watch this hour-long presentation.Here is a quick summary of what you will find in the webinar.
- Giving trends from Giving USA that will show that your church will probably come back. Giving usually does.
- Five Facts about your Church (You will want to know them.)
- Five Fictions about your Church (Also, very instructive.)
- Three Areas for Sustainability: Ministry. Personal. Financial. (For personal sustainability, we suggest both parish coaching and personal clergy covenant groups. These are facilitated by the American Anglican Council. Please be in touch with Mark or Phil at their office.
- Old School Letters. I went a bit ‘old school’ near the end of the webinar and spoke about writing and sending pastoral letters. Real, stamped letters. It is true that your church members do not read the email sent to them as carefully as the sender thinks. You will find the actual text of a sample pastoral letter in the updated downloadable resource.
- We mentioned David Roseberry’s book, The Rector and the Vestry as a valuable resource too. Most churches know that they must make some very important changes in the way they do their ministry. But how? Who is the decider? How can a Rector and a Vestry work together with harmony? The book is available as a Kindle version now. Check it out on Amazon here.
- Similarly, here is a great set of questions each congregation should be answering as we look ahead together from Ken Braddy of Lifeway Christian Resources. Of course, you may need to translate it for our context, but the inventory is a great list as you think about the Church Sustainable and what is next for you and your congregation.
- Here on Anglican Compass, W. David O. Taylor has written about the tension of Eastertide in the Time of Coronatide.
- The American Anglican Council (AAC) is hosting a webinar for pastors on April 29, 2020 on Clarity in Crisis from veteran Anglican leaders.
- Also, the AAC has recommended a webinar later today from the FOCUS Group on fund-raising for pastors through the non-profit lens.
- Resources are emerging from within our ACNA congregations and partner ministries about how to minister to college students right now. Check out Pastoring College Students in a Pandemic and some best practices from InterVarsity.
News / Stories from Dioceses
- Our dioceses are doing great work right now. For this week, check out how the Anglican Diocese of Christ our Hope and the Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic are providing encouragement and doing a great job highlighting creative ministry.
- Did you know that Bishop Todd Hunter of the Diocese of C4SO is going to stream a sermon into all of the churches within the Diocese? I think that is a great idea.
- Bishop Steve Wood (Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas) is doing much better. Thanks be to God! Furthermore, here is an article from the local newspaper.
- Bishop Julian Dobbs (Anglican Diocese of the Living Word) hosted a podcast conversation with Governor John Kasich.
- Finally, some of our congregations and parishes have also worked closely with the Redeemer City to City Network. With that in mind, check out these resources on Church in Outbreak from their team.
Thanks for reading!
This is the fourth “COVID–19 Resource Roundup” (click here to view them all), resources that are encouraging to the Body of Christ. The Evergreen Project is broadening its scope. Archbishop Foley Beach and Canon Alan Hawkins have tasked Canon David Roseberry (of LeaderWorks) 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. Every week, the Evergreen Project Team will be featuring some of the best resources out there right now here on Anglican Compass. The American Anglican Council is also curating a page of resources. Together, we want to help by pointing busy pastors and ministry leaders to things we are finding helpful amidst the vast amount of information being produced and published right now.
Do you have a resource or story to share?
Please send us what you are finding helpful in your context. Our point of contact for each week’s Resource Roundup is the Rev. Daniel Adkinson (DanielAdkinson [AT] me.com). If you’d like to join our team of curators, creators, and collectors, please email Daniel.
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!