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 thoroughly. There are many, MANY resources and opportunities to help every church and strengthen the ministry of every Christian. We will have a weekly post on Tuesdays; other days if/when necessary. All of the information in all of our posts will be kept on Anglican Compass under the red tab COVID-19.
The Evergreen Project is broadening its scope to work on Collecting, Curating, and Creating Resources for a Thriving Church in this unique season. Every week, the Evergreen Project Team will be featuring some of the best resources out there right now. The amount of information is overwhelming. We want to help busy pastors and ministry leaders by pointing to things we are finding helpful.
Want to help? 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. If you’d like to join our team of curators, creators, and collectors, please email Daniel.
Webinar Invitation for Today
The Evergreen Project is hosting a special webinar this afternoon. We have gathered a panel of Rectors from different Dioceses in the ACNA to join Canon David Roseberry and Archbishop Foley Beach for a focused, timely discussion about Online Worship and Holy Week. The webinar is Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 4:00 pm (EST).
Register now for this free webinar event.
Global Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Stay up to date with information and statistics regarding the pandemic. Check with your local department of health for up to date stats in your area. For a broader view, visit the Worldometers aggregate site or the latest from Johns Hopkins.
- As many of us move into digital ministry, keep an eye on the reliability of your local internet and broadband. Slate magazine had a recent article on how the Internet is actually breaking a little right now.
God at Work
There are many stories emerging about how God is at work through our local congregations. They serve as an encouragement and reminder for each one of us.
For example, ADOTS posted a great story about Online Worship through the eyes of one of their clergy who is not a fan of technology – Online Church with a Flip-Phone Priest.
The American Anglican Council has a great news release about the new Eight @ 8 Prayer Initiative. They also highlight some of the creative work being done in parishes and give the example of this Parish Survey from Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh.
What are you seeing in your context? Let us know!
We love how clergy are working in the midst of this unique season. Digital Ministry isn’t our first language, but there are some helpful tools and reminders. Here are just a few of the helpful ones we have come across:
- Jared Wilson has a helpful, simple outlook on pastoral ministry at this time.
- The Gospel Coalition put up a tech primer for churches and pastors with good, practical tips.
- We would do well to learn from our recent history. Here is a literary reflection about ministry during the Spanish Flu.
- As we work with technology, be glad for what we have! During the Spanish Flu, clergy posted Newspaper Sermonettes!
Generosity & Payroll Protection Opportunity
The Evergreen Project, naturally, is looking at best practices in the area of Generosity & Stewardship. Make sure and check out the video from the Evergreen Project about Asking for the Offering Online.
By the way, there are a lot of things being written and produced about the new CARES Act and potential benefits for Churches. We are not legal or financial advisors, but be sure and talk with your bank and find out if your congregation could benefit from these resources as the specifics become known.
- ChurchLaw&Tax has a webinar this Thursday on how the CARES Act could benefit Churches.
- Similarly, the ECFA is hosting a webinar on the same topic. The webinar is full, but you can register to be notified when the recording is posted and available.
- The ECFA has also put up a page on their website with some of the information summarized.
- The Vanderbloemen Group is also posting resources about the CARES Act.
Communication & Collaboration
In this time of social distancing, we have so many ways to stay connected! Many of our dioceses in the Anglican Church in North America are also curating resources for their congregations and clergy. For example, check out the resources from ADOTS and C4SO. Our Province is also collecting resources and has a master list of congregations streaming services live.
As a connectional movement, it is great to see the broad communications effort. Many of these leaders are in communication with one another and pushing out helpful resources through each of their various networks.
Check these resources out and share with us what you are finding helpful and how the Lord is moving in your local context in the midst of this pandemic.
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!