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. Every week, the Evergreen Project Team will be featuring some of the best resources out there right now here on Anglican Compass. 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.
(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.)
In collecting and curating these resources, we (Daniel Adkinson and David Roseberry) have noticed a few things. The first thing is the amount of passion and creativity that our leaders have for our Lord and His church. We have some very bright people who are writing material at a national level. It really is amazing. The second thing is a love of liturgy and our Anglican heritage. While we have (many of us) moved to a non-communion format Sunday by Sunday, there is a love of liturgy that is our hallmark.
Upcoming Webinar: The Church Sustainable (Apr 15, 4pm EST)
Nevertheless, we need to talk about sustainability. We may be in our online format for quite some time. Even when businesses and companies open up, some think that church services might be one of the last things to come back online. Can you conceive of being an online church for a longer period of time? What do leaders need to do to be sustainable through the summer months? Are there ministries you can emphasize during this Easter season what will help make your church sustainable?
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Here is your COVID-19 Resource Roundup
Today is Tuesday in Holy Week. Last week, the Evergreen Project hosted an online webinar for the ACNA around Online Worship, Holy Week, & Easter. We have posted the video recording. Thank you to all of our Rectors and participants from the webinar! There was one main lingering issue regarding using radio for transmitting your services for “drive-in” church services. The way to do that is to purchase time from an existing station (our understanding is that the FCC is not granting new licenses right now).
In this week’s Resource Roundup, you will notice that we have added a section specifically for Holy Week & Easter. More broadly, remember you can stay up to date with information and statistics regarding the pandemic from your local department of health, the Worldometers aggregate site or the latest from Johns Hopkins. There was also an article from the Religious News Service about the impact of this pandemic on churches. The bottom line is that attendance is up, giving is down, and everyone is getting creative.
Holy Week & Easter
- Bishop Todd Hunter has an article for ministry leaders up on Christianity Today about the unique challenge of Holy Week & Easter this year.
- The Rev. Canon Dr. Esau McCauley also has an article up on Christianity Today about Easter this year.
- Bishop Stewart Ruch and the Church of the Resurrection have developed an extensive Holy Week at Home Website for their church and diocese.
- New Wineskins has let us know about an audio resource for Holy Week from Dr. Peter Walker. It is affordable and a portion of the proceeds will go to support New Wineskins.
- Here on Anglican Compass, we have posted a pastoral reminder from the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Warren P. (Pagán) and all of the Holy Week liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer (2019).
- Also, remember that we hosted an online webinar about Holy Week and Easter services online. Nearly 200 leaders stayed on the hour-long webinar. Watch it here.
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. These are all encouraging and many of them may find their way into the preaching/teaching life of our church right now.
- The Rev. Tish Harrison Warren has an article in the NY Times processing church in the midst of this pandemic.
- The Always Forward team reminds us of ways to maintain community right now.
- The Very Rev. Jack King invites us to embrace solitude.
- The Rev. Dr. Canon Tom Herrick has a great post about evangelism on the DOMA website.
- Archbishop Duncan has posted a brief, helpful video explaining Spiritual Communion.
- The Telos Collective has an interview with Bishop Todd Hunter and The Rev. Dr. W. David O. Taylor about Missional Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty.
- The Evergreen Project has a helpful interview with the Rev. Greg McBrayer, an executive-level leader AND corporate chaplain at American Airlines. Fr. Greg shows us how to minister to people in the work environment. He is an amazing witness for the Lord at American Airlines.
There are also some great prayer resources being produced right now for use in worship.
- The Rev. Clancy Nixon of Church of the Holy Spirit in Virginia put together a resource for his parish on Prayer In Time of Plague.
- The Rev. Porter C. Taylor produced a Liturgy During a Pandemic.
- There are also a set of prayers on various topics from The Rev. Dr. David O. Taylor on Prayers in a Time of Suffering in both English and Spanish.
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. We are finding two types of resources really helpful right now.
First, there are resources on getting set up and using technology. The ACNA has put up some great resources for how to live stream worship and run meetings online.
Of course, there is a shortage of technology equipment. If you are struggling, we found a few technology hacks that can help you use what you might already have on hand. Here is an article on in-stock video tools every pastor needs from Mike O’Brien who is part of the Vineyard Movement and is a friend to many of our churches in Georgia. There is even an article on using an old iPhone as a webcam. Beyond that, there are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you utilize this technology for digital ministry in this unique season.
Once you have your technology set up, we have also found some great resources on preaching and presenting to camera:
- Here is a simple video specifically for church leaders on presenting to camera.
- Here is another simple video we found really helpful in improving the quality of ministry through these digital means.
- The Evergreen Project has an interview with the Rev. Kevin Miller on How to Preach in the Age of COVID-19.
Generosity & Payroll Protection Opportunity
The Evergreen Project, naturally, is looking at best practices in the area of Generosity & Stewardship.
- Make sure and check out this video from the Evergreen Project about Asking for the Offering Online. This is especially important during Holy Week as we approach Easter.
- In last week’s resource roundup, we listed numerous resources about the CARES Act and potential benefits for churches through the payroll protection plan. Fast forward a week and you can now apply through your local bank for one of these (potentially forgivable) loans. We are not legal or financial advisors, but we strongly advise your church to be talking with their bank now about the potential for applying for these benefits.
- Furthermore, the Rev. Canon Dr. Phil Ashey of the American Anglican Council has continued vetting the CARES Act for us and has posted about it on the American Anglican Council Website.
Finally, here are the video interviews we mentioned above. First, with Rev. Greg McBrayer.
Then with Rev. Kevin Miller.
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!