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

Updated June 1, 2020.

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News & info

Reopen plan

On June 1, Bishop Taylor's task force released a plan for resuming in-person ministries.

Read the plan.

New methods

On May 23, Bishop Taylor announced the formation of COVID-19 task force and explained how a virtual annual conference is taking shape.

Read letter.

No camp

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

Read letter.




Never the same

How the pandemic has changed worship. Social hours are a thing of the past. From NPR.

Read article.

Dropping numbers

Why are your online attendance numbers suddenly dropping? From Cary Nieuwhof.

Read article.

Higher standard

Reopening a church is different than reopening other institutions. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Read article.


Digital church

A practical how-to guide for virtual worship, offered by panelist experts with Amplify.

See webinar.

Empty room

How has preaching to a camera changed your approach to teaching? A webinar with panelists from Amplify.

See webinar.

Culture at home

How to create a culture of discipleship and worship at home. From Fresh Expressions.

Find out more.



Finance & stewardship

Wespath info

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

Visit the site.


Download the new e-book: Church Ministry Funding Guide. From Horizon Stewardship.

Get the book.

Increase giving

If you want to increase giving, it's important to communicate well. From UM Communications.

Read article.




New normal

5 leadership practices as you find the new normal for your congregation. From Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

Find out more.


6 ways to respond when members disagree with your reopening plan. From Facts & Trends.

Read the article.

Watch this

7 new disruptive church trends every church leader should watch. From Carey Nieuwhof.

Find out more.





Holston connectional and camp ministries staff are on the hunt for ways to engage, equip and encourage our children.

Join group.

Virtual Camp

Each day, children can log in and follow a day camp session. From United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries.

Find out more.

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.




Safe places

11 tips to increase transparency of virtual interactions with vulnerable age groups. From UMC Discipleship Ministries.

Find out more.


A whole website of ministry resources for reaching youth. From YM360.

Check it out.

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.




Careful words

We need to take care that our words are comforting and healing. From Day 1.

Find out more.

Grief & loss

3 keys to navigating trauma, grief and loss. From Facts & Trends.

Read the article.

Serious self-care

Manage stress so you can care for others. A panel discussion from Amplify Media.

Watch the webinar.