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On March 18, Bishop Taylor closed churches "until further notice" while encouraging members to reach out in creative ways.
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.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control provides a wide collection of statistics, symptoms, strategies.
Here's a list of churches offering worship by livestream or video during the pandemic. From Holston Communications.
How can preachers remain effective preaching from a distance? Here are 5 tips from Ministry Matters.
Holston's own Ben Smith explains the whys and hows of using Facebook Live to reach out to your congregation. reaching to an
Copyright considerations to be considered before livestreaming your worship. From "Ask the UMC."
Planning and leading; online boosts; music and singing ... United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers multiple helps.
A space where United Methodists in music and worship arts can help each other find resources and answer questions.
Apply for a ministry grant to meet community needs related to coronavirus. Application deadline: April 6. From Holston Foundation.
How to prepare for the logistical realities and sustain the mission. From United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.
The What can church leaders do to champion generosity in times of uncertainty and fear? From Ministry Matters.
Carey Nieuwhof's crisis series helps leaders navigate as the church hurtles into the future. "Crisis is an accelerator."
Rick Warren, Ed Stetzer and others have partnered to provide multiple helps for faith leaders as they prepare for and respond to the crisis.
Best practices for timely, proactive leadership when there is no template. Lean into the challenge and your values, says Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
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.
Log in and follow sessions on spiritual development, nature, music, art, exercise and more. From UM Camp & Retreat Ministries.
United Methodist Discipleship Ministries provides resources for children’s ministry leaders and the families you serve.
A livestreamed Bible study and worship experience for teenagers every Wednesday. Archives and new sessions created by YM360.
What do my students need from me now? Fuller Youth Institute helps you do youth ministry during a pandemic.
Blogs, ideas for online youth meetings, games, a weekly Wednesday Zoom meeting and more. A collection from Holston Youth Ministries.
How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, stress? Resources to keep spiritual wellness and wholeness. From the Upper Room.
Recognize that panic is normal and don’t try to keep pushing it away. Seek solace and hope. From Psychology Today.
How can ministers and educators accompany people pastorally through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death? From Christian Century.