The Next Normal? Not So Fast (COVID-19 Final Resource Roundup)

Posted on June 30, 2020

Early on in the midst of this global pandemic, Ed Stetzer told us to think about the next few months like an accordion. He predicted multiple phases of expanding and contracting in terms of our ability to gather in-person. We are beginning to see this accordion effect. The U. S. News & World Report ran…

Regaining Rhythm? (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Posted on June 23, 2020

The last few months have been incredibly disruptive. We have all been navigating a global pandemic. Now, we are navigating phases of COVID-19 recovery (and possible resurgences) alongside renewed conversations about race and justice amidst social unrest. As we move into the Summer, many congregations are regaining some sort of rhythm as they begin regathering….

Beginning to Regather for Worship (COVID–19 Resource Roundup)

Posted on June 16, 2020

Our COVID–19 Resource Roundup Focus This Week This week, we want to highlight several different areas. First, the national conversation is focused on race, justice, and social unrest. There is a robust conversation taking place and we are seeing different responses from church leaders. Anglican Compass published “A Letter to Fellow ACNA Clergy” and hosted…

Increasing Complexity for Ministry and Mission (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Posted on June 9, 2020

Expanding Our COVID-19 Resource Roundup Focus Last month it felt like many of our churches and leaders were finding their legs again. They had pivoted to various creative ministry avenues during the COVID-19 lockdowns. (Pivot and unprecedented are probably in the running for the word of the year.) Everyone was making plans for post-COVID-19 recovery…

Remember COVID-19? (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Posted on June 2, 2020

Whiplash! Remember COVID-19? Last week, we witnessed the tragic death of George Floyd. His murder released new waves of social conversation, violence, prayerful reflection, and a wide variety of responses within our communities. Amazingly, within a few days, the national focus on COVID-19 and COVID-19 recovery shifted. The COVID-19 crisis seems like it is ‘so…

How Churches Are Helping (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Posted on May 26, 2020

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 Accordion and the Pendulum (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Posted on May 19, 2020

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…

Church Regathering Guidelines (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Posted on May 12, 2020

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…

Regathering Church? (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Posted on May 5, 2020

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…