Coronavirus

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Coronavirus

Below are resources for churches, church leaders, and media, which we will continue to update. Bookmark this page: Holston.org/coronavirus

Updated on March 30, 2020.

Media: For assistance, please contact Tim Jones, communications director, at timjones@holston.org.

Share your content suggestions with Annette Spence, editor, at annettespence@holston.org.

 

News & info

Buildings closed

On March 18, Bishop Taylor closed churches "until further notice" while encouraging members to reach out in creative ways. 

Read her letters.

New church giving tool

For churches without online giving: The Holston staff has created an easy, free tool for members to support your church when they can't be present.

See the page.

Situation updates

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control provides a wide collection of statistics, symptoms, strategies.

Visit the site.

 

Worship

Holston online

Here's a list of churches offering worship by livestream or video during the pandemic. From Holston Communications.

See the list.

Preaching remotely

How can preachers remain effective preaching from a distance? Here are 5 tips from Ministry Matters.

Read the article.

Facebook in a flash

Holston's own Ben Smith explains the whys and hows of using Facebook Live to reach out to your congregation. reaching to an

Watch the video.

 

More worship

Legal livestream

Copyright considerations to be considered before livestreaming your worship. From "Ask the UMC."

See the explainer.

Worship & music help

Planning and leading; online boosts; music and singing ... United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers multiple helps.

Visit the page.

The Fellowship

A space where United Methodists in music and worship arts can help each other find resources and answer questions.

Visit the site.

 

Finance & stewardship

Emergency grants

Apply for a ministry grant to meet community needs related to coronavirus. Application deadline: April 6. From Holston Foundation.

Apply for a grant.

10 ideas for finance

How to prepare for the logistical realities and sustain the mission. From United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.

Read the article.

Generosity and fear

The What can church leaders do to champion generosity in times of uncertainty and fear? From Ministry Matters.

Read the article.

 

Leadership 

Rapid change

Carey Nieuwhof's crisis series helps leaders navigate as the church hurtles into the future. "Crisis is an accelerator."

Read the series.

Info multiplex

Rick Warren, Ed Stetzer and others have partnered to provide multiple helps for faith leaders as they prepare for and respond to the crisis.

Visit the website.

Lean on your values

Best practices for timely, proactive leadership when there is no template. Lean into the challenge and your values, says Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Read the article.

 

Children

Facebook network

Holston connectional and camp ministries staff are on the hunt for ways to engage, equip and encourage our children. Plus: A weekly Thursday Zoom meeting.

Join the group.

Viritual day camp

Log in and follow sessions on spiritual development, nature, music, art, exercise and more. From UM Camp & Retreat Ministries.

Find out more.

Discipleship for kids

United Methodist Discipleship Ministries provides resources for children’s ministry leaders and the families you serve.

Visit the page.

 

Youth

Youth group at home

A livestreamed Bible study and worship experience for teenagers every Wednesday. Archives and new sessions created by YM360.

Visit the page.

Support on tap

What do my students need from me now? Fuller Youth Institute helps you do youth ministry during a pandemic.

Visit the page.

Holston youth unite

Blogs, ideas for online youth meetings, games, a weekly Wednesday Zoom meeting and more. A collection from Holston Youth Ministries.

Visit the page.

 

Wellness

Spiritual wholeness

How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, stress? Resources to keep spiritual wellness and wholeness. From the Upper Room.

Visit the page.

Practicing self care

Recognize that panic is normal and don’t try to keep pushing it away. Seek solace and hope. From Psychology Today.

Read the column.

Pastoral care guide

How can ministers and educators accompany people pastorally through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death? From Christian Century.

Read the article.