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, fluid context. Every leader needs to be prayerfully thinking about the challenges we face. Andy Crouch, a trusted leader, recently released a paper from his team at Praxis Labs called Leading Beyond the Blizzard: Why Every Organization Is Now A Startup. His sober summary is:

The novel coronavirus is not just something for leaders to “get through” for a few days or weeks. Instead, we need to treat COVID-19 as an economic and cultural blizzard, winter, and beginning of a “little ice age” — a once-in-a-lifetime change that is likely to affect our lives and organizations for years.

In the coming days, weeks, and months, we want to help us work together to navigate parish ministry in the midst of a pandemic. We are working quickly on a number of resources and opportunities to serve and equip Anglican Churches here in North America. Look for a blog post on Anglican Compass every week. It will be chock full of ideas, resources, best practices, and other content that will help any congregation.

Announcing: Special Webinar Focused on Online Holy Week & Easter Worship

How is your church preparing for online Holy Week and Easter services? We have a lot of very creative, resourceful church leaders that are passionate about the Gospel. They are rapidly pivoting and utilizing technology to continue the ministry of the church in the midst of sheltering-in-place and social distancing. Many have adopted a new rhythm of weekly worship, formation, and mission. But, what about Holy Week & Easter? They are right around the corner. We are going to host a special webinar “whiteboard session” around these topics. The webinar will include Archbishop Foley Beach, the Rev. Canon David Roseberry, and a number of Rectors. Space is limited for this webinar and you need to register in advance. The webinar will be on Zoom next Tuesday, March 31st at 4:00 p.m. (EST). You can register via this link and we will send you more information.

Highlighted Resources

There is so much information and content being produced right now. Some of it is incredible. We want to review, summarize, and begin pointing you to helpful resources for your own ministry context. Below is an example of some of the great work we already seen. But, we need your help. What do you see that is being done, written, developed, or offered to the wider church? We want to know.

We have enlisted the Rev. Daniel Adkinson who is a church planter in Athens, GA. He also worked with Canon Roseberry at Christ Church in Plano, TX and on the Anglican 1000 project. If you have produced something helpful, or find something particularly helpful, please send it to him. His e-mail address for this project is danieladkinson (at) me.com.

Digital Resources for At-Home Worship

  1. Many, many churches are doing a great job utilizing video right now for at-home worship on Sundays and throughout the week. We want to include examples every week to stimulate ideas for you. This week, check out what Advent Anglican in Washington State is doing and Church of the Cross in Austin, Texas.
  2. Other churches are using audio options for Sundays – even if they are using video throughout the week. St. Thomas Anglican Church in Athens, GA is doing that and felt it made more sense for them to do good audio, than a bad video. Christ Church in Plano, TX is putting out a daily audio podcast right now.
  3. Anglican Compass just posted an article with some practical tips on How to Develop Sacred Space through Online Streaming.

Stewardship Focus

  1. David Roseberry of The Evergreen Project has written a paper on Stewardship in the Age of Coronavirus.
  2. Kairos Partnerships has released a new resource for Equipping Pastors and Ministry Leaders in Navigating the New Economic Reality in Their Churches.
  3. The Anglican Diocese of the South has a helpful guide to setting up electronic giving options for your church right now.

Examples of Social Media Content

  1. The Gospel Coalition is putting up a Hymn of the Day. Churches could point to this kind of encouraging content or think about trying something similar. Think about showing this video before online worship.
  2. Preaching Today has an article up on Preaching During a Pandemic. Be thinking about articles you can post or point to for your own parish.
  3. The Anglican Diocese of the South set up a new Facebook Page for Daily Prayer and have various clergy leading services for Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, and Compline.

Executive Summary

Occasionally, we will try and give a quick Executive Summary of a key resource. One of our leaders with a background in Strategic Consulting found an article called What South Koreans Want You To Know About Coronavirus. Here is his quick summary:

Think Long-Term

  • The disruption will likely last twice as long as you think
  • Don’t waste time on ‘let’s wait and see thinking’
  • Quickly shift to online means of ministering to people

Pay Attention to What God is Doing Inside the Church

  • Opportunity to emphasize household worship
  • Potential to serve the most vulnerable
  • Reconsider the meaning of worship in spirit and truth

Pay Attention to What God is Doing Outside the Church

People are scared and anxious. This is a great time to comfort our neighbors with the truth of the Gospel. Check in on your immediate neighbors. It won’t be viewed as intrusive.

Also, pick up a copy of the new book, “The Rector and the Vestry” on Amazon. It is an essential guide to leading effective church ministry.

from Daniel Adkinson & David Roseberry

We need each other’s help. The impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic is enormous. It has already impacted every one of our churches. And it will continue for months to come. Who can say when this winter will be over? We are committed to journeying with you and helping us thrive together in the midst of this pandemic. Send updates, resources, questions, and needs to DanielAdkinson (at) me.com.