How Churches Are Helping (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

We need your help. We are assembling the best resources for ministry in the church relative to the COVID crisis. This is the ninth edition of the round-up. Thank you all for your support and for your readership. We want to turn our attention to how churches are dealing with the IMPACT and EFFECT of the Pandemic on the people [...]

By |2020-05-26T15:18:42-05:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Accordion and the Pendulum (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

After several months of ministry in the midst of a pandemic, things are slowly beginning to shift. Some states have begun re-opening. Most states and churches are announcing and exploring phased stages of regathering. Communities are thinking about recovery and what the "next normal" will look like. By the way, there are two helpful images we have been hearing to [...]

By |2020-05-22T07:43:51-05:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rogation Days in Coronatide: Beseeching the Lord of the Harvest

During Rogation Days last year, I joked with our priest about making the drive to our home to pray over and bless our little garden patch for the spring. Rogation Days seemed like a charming ritual, sweet and a little antiquated. After all, if our zucchinis failed, there was the farmer’s market, the grocery store, the bulk warehouse, all waiting [...]

By |2020-05-21T16:51:29-05:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

Church Regathering Guidelines (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

We are two months into ministering during a pandemic. Some ACNA congregations have now regathered on Sundays for a few weeks. Others anticipate regathering over the summer or even waiting until the fall. The novelty of digital ministry has worn off, but we also see ongoing opportunities. Looking back at the past week, there were a number of ACNA webinars, [...]

By |2020-05-12T08:52:23-05:00May 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Student Ministry in Coronatide: A Youth Minister Reflects on COVID–19

Student ministry is best when it is embodied. Student ministry is the smell in the basement after you and a dozen teenagers played some active games. It’s the sound of voice cracks as unashamed 15-year-old boys sing to Jesus. It’s taking communion together at the end of a mission trip and laying hands on seniors to pray for them at [...]

By |2020-05-08T17:00:11-05:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |1 Comment

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

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

Eastertide in the Time of Coronatide

Today is Easter Tuesday, the third day of Eastertide, which for Christians traditionally marks a period of fifty festal days. This past Sunday, Christians gathered across the country, dressed in their finest (or most comfy) and raised the roof with their hallelujahs. They likely greeted each other, through their digital screens, with shouts of “Christ is risen!”, to which others [...]

By |2020-04-15T08:42:47-05:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |2 Comments

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

COVID–19 and the Death of Death

Death is on people’s minds these days, whether they want it to be or not. According to a recent report by White House science advisors, there is a chance that between 100,000 and 240,000 people will die because of the Coronavirus. In the face of such a staggering number of fatalities, what each of us does, or does not do, [...]

By |2020-04-10T12:30:41-05:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Holy Week at Home: Good Friday Resources

Each week, the Evergreen Project Team is publishing a Resource Roundup for Ministry in a Pandemic. Earlier this week, in our Resource Roundup we included a number of Holy Week & Easter Resources—articles, websites, and other resources. Today, we want to focus specifically on Good Friday resources. It seems like Good Friday is actually more well-suited to digital experiences than [...]

By |2020-04-09T11:49:49-05:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Praying Around the Table: Making a Prayer Space in your Home

Now that the family is together every day and worship is virtual, families begin to wonder how to keep their children growing in the faith. Family devotions begin to seem more necessary. But how to begin? How to keep everyone’s attention? Maybe you’ve tried before, but things didn’t seem to work. You want family devotions to be a joyful family [...]

By |2020-04-08T16:52:58-05:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

Zoom Church: Five Tips for Engaging Young Children in Worship at Home

For the past three Sundays, we’ve joined Christians around the world in worshipping from our living rooms. As a mom of three children under five, it’s heartbreaking to see their disappointment at not being able to go to church. They miss church. Of course they miss it—so do I! On Palm Sunday, as we marched around the living room with [...]

By |2020-04-08T12:12:13-05:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|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