A Statement from Bishop Taylor: Churches may begin gathering indoors Dear Holston Friends, The COVID-19 Task Force, comprised of medical professionals, laity, and clergy was created to give counsel to the Cabinet and me to navigate our way ...
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Updated July 21, 2020.
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On June 1, Bishop Taylor's task force released a plan for resuming in-person activities at Holston churches. The plan was updated June 23.
As coronavirus cases surged in July, leaders again suspended in-person worship (in certain counties) to keep people safe. From The Call.
Holston churches find safe ways to help their neighbors, jumping over hurdles presented by COVID-19. From The Call.
Why has church attendance taken a nosedive? Carey Nieuwhof offers 7 tips for crafting a better future and reaching more people.
Carey Nieuwhof and Scott Sauls discuss in-person worship precautions and digital engagement in a season of hybrid church. From ChurchPulse Weekly.
Black churches are reportedly lagging in the rush to go online. Reaching across generational lines could help. From Ministry Matters.
As online worship becomes the norm, Mike Slaughter offers 7 tips for moving forward. From Ministry Matters.
What if church members could simply call a phone number to hear a sermon recorded by the pastor? From North Georgia Conference.
Perhaps the most promising vision for the new church doesn't just modify "normal" worship, but reimagines it digitally. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Maintaining a reserve fund and setting a realistic budget can help churches weather tough times. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.Find out more.
How to weather the financial pandemic storm? Ask regular pledgers to give through online recurring gifts. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Five recommendations for churches experiencing a surplus in 2020. From Horizons Stewardship.
Effective communication aims at shared meaning and structured decision making. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.Find out more.
More pastors are now agreeing with megachurch pastor Andy Stanley: No worship services until 2021. From Christianity Today.
Pandemic response requires more than words of encouragement for those who are suffering. From Duke Divinity's Faith & Leadership.
Holston Connectional Ministries offers a 3-part, free training in adverse childhood experiences. Begins July 30.
Vacation Bible school programs address racism and the pandemic in a virtual setting. From UMC Discipleship Ministries.
A free digital book offers basic info for children on virus and how to stay safe. From Holston parish nurse Joy Eastridge and artist Mary Beth Eastridge.
7 things to know when your students aren't joining Zoom meetings. From YM360.
Three youth-ministry games that will work over Zoom as well as in person. From YM360.
Blogs, ideas for online youth meetings, games, a weekly Wednesday Zoom meeting and more. A list offered by Laura McLean of Holston Youth Ministries.
Here's why we shouldn't worship nostalgia and the golden calf of our pre-pandemic days. From Christianity Today.
When major life celebrations are altered by COVID-19, grief and loss are real. From United Methodist Communications.
As depression and anxiety spike, churches offer hope and mental-health resources. From Religion News Service.Find out more.