Churches remain closed, but the Covid-19 task force is meeting next week to discuss a plan to reopen.
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 May 14, 2020.
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Bishop Dindy Taylor and the Rev. Terry Goodman try to explain how the viritual Annual Conference will proceed.
On April 30, Bishop Taylor announced that Holston church buildings will temporarily remain closed, although state orders may vary.
On April 30, directors of Holston Conference's five camps announced the 2020 summer camp season is canceled.
Despite the difficulties of creating worship outside the buildings, worship leaders see hopeful signs for the future. From UMC Discipleship Ministries.
How to shoot great videos without a camera crew -- on your phone, in your home. From Life Church.
Tips that will encourage and help congregations use young voices in worship during COVID-19. From UMC Young People's Ministries.
Explanatory videos on: Zoom for worship and small groups; copywrights and licenses; streaming worship. From UM Communications.
This is an opportunity to help digital newcomers feel included and welcomed. Strategies from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Guidance for returning to in-person worship. A series of questions to answer and recommendations from the Minnesota Annual Conference.
Wespath provides administrative and investment services for benefit plans affiliated with the UMC.
7 ways to keep revenue and donations flowing during the coronavirus crisis. From the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
For churches without online giving: The Holston staff has created an easy, free tool for members to support your church.
Barna partners with Carey Nieuwhof and Gloo to launch ChurchPulse Crisis Toolkit and ChurchPulse Weekly, a recurring webcast and podcast.
Leaders need to focus on core mission and values in the face of external shock. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
Rev. Ron Edmondson discusses what ministry will look like in a new season of ministry. Video interview from Horizon Stewardship.
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.
Cokesbury’s Vacation Bible School division revising the content of its 2020 curriculum to let children and families participate completely online from home. From Resource UMC.
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 and maintain a sense of safety and security. From UMC Discipleship Ministries.
It is important not to minimize the pain seniors are feeling as COVID-19 halts their social activities and celebrations. From Resource UMC.
Blogs, ideas for online youth meetings, games, a weekly Wednesday Zoom meeting and more. A list offered by Laura McLean of Holston Youth Ministries.
Suggestions for dealing with stress and responding to God while in isolation. From the Florida Conference.
How to re-center and find the trust when anxiety is shifting the sand around you. From Ministry Matters.
Barna shares recent research on the mental and emotional health of pastors and their congregants amid COVID-19.