Coronavirus

Coronavirus

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.

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

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News & info

Virtual AC: June 27

Bishop Dindy Taylor and the Rev. Terry Goodman try to explain how the viritual Annual Conference will proceed.

Read explanation.

Closures continue

On April 30, Bishop Taylor announced that Holston church buildings will temporarily remain closed, although state orders may vary.

Read statement.

No summer camp

On April 30, directors of Holston Conference's five camps announced the 2020 summer camp season is canceled.

Read letter.

 

 

Worship

12 signs of hope

Despite the difficulties of creating worship outside the buildings, worship leaders see hopeful signs for the future. From UMC Discipleship Ministries.

See the list.

Phone videos

How to shoot great videos without a camera crew -- on your phone, in your home. From Life Church.

See the video.

Youth

worship

Tips that will encourage and help congregations use young voices in worship during COVID-19. From UMC Young People's Ministries.

Read the article.

 

Learning sessions

Explanatory videos on: Zoom for worship and small groups; copywrights and licenses; streaming worship. From UM Communications.

Explore the videos.

Who's there?

This is an opportunity to help digital newcomers feel included and welcomed. Strategies from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Read the article.

Before returning

Guidance for returning to in-person worship. A series of questions to answer and recommendations from the Minnesota Annual Conference.

Find out more.

 

 

Finance & stewardship

Wespath info

Wespath provides administrative and investment services for benefit plans affiliated with the UMC.

Visit the site.

Keep it flowing

7 ways to keep revenue and donations flowing during the coronavirus crisis. From the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Read the article.

Tithing in Holston

For churches without online giving: The Holston staff has created an easy, free tool for members to support your church.

See the page.

 

 

Leadership 

State of the church

Barna partners with Carey Nieuwhof and Gloo to launch ChurchPulse Crisis Toolkit and ChurchPulse Weekly, a recurring webcast and podcast.

Find out more.

External shock

Leaders need to focus on core mission and values in the face of external shock. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Read the article.

Leading through

Rev. Ron Edmondson discusses what ministry will look like in a new season of ministry. Video interview from Horizon Stewardship.

See the video.

 

 

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.

Cokesbury's virtual VBS

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.

Read the article.

Holston kids at home

Holston's Susan Groseclose provides a list of go-to sites and opportunities for children's ministry workers.

Visit the page.

 

 

Youth

Safe Sanctuaries

11 tips to increase transparency of virtual interactions with vulnerable age groups and maintain a sense of safety and security. From UMC Discipleship Ministries.

Find out more.

High school seniors

It is important not to minimize the pain seniors are feeling as COVID-19 halts their social activities and celebrations. From Resource UMC.

Read the article.

Holston youth unite

Blogs, ideas for online youth meetings, games, a weekly Wednesday Zoom meeting and more. A list offered by Laura McLean of Holston Youth Ministries.

See the list.

 

 

Wellness

You are not alone

Suggestions for dealing with stress and responding to God while in isolation. From the Florida Conference.

Read the article.

Shifting sand

How to re-center and find the trust when anxiety is shifting the sand around you. From Ministry Matters.

Read the article.

Mental & emotional

Barna shares recent research on the mental and emotional health of pastors and their congregants amid COVID-19.

Read the report.