Below are resources for church leaders and media, which we will continue to update. (See also the blue box on this page, which includes expansions on some topics.) Bookmark Holston.org/coronavirus
Updated June 1, 2020.
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On June 1, Bishop Taylor's task force released a plan for resuming in-person ministries.
On May 23, Bishop Taylor announced the formation of COVID-19 task force and explained how a virtual annual conference is taking shape.
On April 30, directors of Holston Conference's five camps announced the 2020 summer camp season is canceled.
How the pandemic has changed worship. Social hours are a thing of the past. From NPR.
Why are your online attendance numbers suddenly dropping? From Cary Nieuwhof.
Reopening a church is different than reopening other institutions. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
A practical how-to guide for virtual worship, offered by panelist experts with Amplify.
How has preaching to a camera changed your approach to teaching? A webinar with panelists from Amplify.
How to create a culture of discipleship and worship at home. From Fresh Expressions.
Wespath provides administrative and investment services for benefit plans affiliated with the UMC.
Download the new e-book: Church Ministry Funding Guide. From Horizon Stewardship.
If you want to increase giving, it's important to communicate well. From UM Communications.
5 leadership practices as you find the new normal for your congregation. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
6 ways to respond when members disagree with your reopening plan. From Facts & Trends.
7 new disruptive church trends every church leader should watch. From Carey Nieuwhof.
Holston connectional and camp ministries staff are on the hunt for ways to engage, equip and encourage our children.
Each day, children can log in and follow a day camp session. From United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries.
Holston's Susan Groseclose provides a list of go-to sites and opportunities for children's ministry workers.
11 tips to increase transparency of virtual interactions with vulnerable age groups. From UMC Discipleship Ministries.
A whole website of ministry resources for reaching youth. 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.
We need to take care that our words are comforting and healing. From Day 1.
3 keys to navigating trauma, grief and loss. From Facts & Trends.
Manage stress so you can care for others. A panel discussion from Amplify Media.