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Thomas Road Baptist Church Leading Reopening, by Matt Willmington
On Returning to Church, Pandemic Covid-19, by The Rt. Rev. Andrew Doyle
PODCAST | Every week Carey Nieuwhof and David Kinnaman host thought leaders for an in depth discussion of the latest ChurchPulse Weekly trends and how the Church can rise to meet the mental, emotional and relational challenges their people are facing.
LCN Leadership Weekly Updates
Reopening: Lessons Learned
05/26 | VIDEO
Several churches in our network reopened this past Sunday. We hear from some of those pastors about how they prepared to reopen and what lessons they learned from their first Sunday back. We also hear from several pastors whose churches are preparing to reopen in the coming weeks. We hope this conference call will provide pastors with some guidelines and suggestions as we navigate this new stage of ministry.
Continuing the reopening conversation
05/19 | VIDEO
As we continue with the process of reopening, let us remember what has worked for our churches these last few months and how to continue to incorporate those into our ministry.
Some lessons we have learned during this season.
05/12 | VIDEO
What are some of the lessons we have learned during this difficult season of navigating ministry through a pandemic? As many churches prepare to reopen their doors, let us take a moment to reflect on what God has taught us these last few months and how those things can be applied to further our service to him and to the church.
How has this time changed our perspective on how we shepherd our people?
05/05 | VIDEO
The things you are doing now should not be seen as just a stop gap. Use this opportunity to restructure your ministry so that it better serves your people. We need to figure out how to be more effective moving forward. Think beyond the weekend service. Sunday services are not going to return to exactly like it was before the pandemic. Moreover, people need to be ministered to throughout the week – not just on Sundays. Consider these four directives: call, pray, communicate, and invite.
Reopening the church: what Issues do you need to consider?
04/28 | VIDEO
There are many factors for you and your leadership team to consider as you think about reopening your doors. Remember that different guidelines and restrictions apply to different localities. Gather your leadership team and carefully go through the possible scenarios. Reopening is not going to be as simple as flipping a switch. Have the right expectations.
How can we accurately measure church online attendance & engagement during this time?
04/21 | VIDEO
As churches have transitioned online, we have been bombarded with inflated statistics on how many people are viewing and interacting with said content. It is easy to become distracted by and misinformed about these numbers. In this call, we share some insights and tips on how you and your staff can more precisely and accurately measure your impact and effectiveness.
How will COVID-19 reshape how we do ministry?
04/14 | VIDEO
There has been so much encouraging feedback from church members as we have transitioned to online services and meetings. People seem to be really heartened by the efforts pastors and staff members have put into reaching out and ministering during these uncertain times. In this conference call, we share about what changes we have made in the way we do ministry and how these changes may carry over even after in-person meetings become safe and feasible.
Pastoral Encouragement: King Hezekiah
04/07 | VIDEO – Featuring Matt Willmington & Jason Stockton
Conference call with LCN leadership & Local Center leaders about how their churches are responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
Evaluate your Financial Status & Seek Additional Funding
03/31 | VIDEO – Discussion led by Nathan Cline, Rob Wetzel & Greg Wigfield
How Churches need to adapt financially to this new reality.
Underground Network, Chaos Walkers
03/27 | VIDEO – Jeremy Stephens
“Chaos and uncertainty is normal… but will we live the normal Christian response?”
Accessible Sunday Services & Greater Pastoral Care
03/24 | VIDEO – Paul Crouthamel & Tadd Grandstaff
How churches are responding to the COVID-19 crisis; making children’s & youth ministries online accessible.
03/18 | VIDEO – Nathan Cline, Andrew & Ashley Hart
Perspective from the healthcare profession, as well as financial planning and community response.
Sermons and Worship Music
Instructions and Guidance
You’ll learn how to:
- Reduce barriers to getting involved
- Simplify your mission
- Use technology to connect outside of weekend services
- Empower people to use their unique skills to serve
- Clarify membership expectation
Digital engagement is more important now than ever before. Take steps to make your church engagement successful.
Multiple weeks, April 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
Several options for Small Groups on meeting during this time of caution:
I. Zoom is the easiest option for the general user.
Once your Small Group leader has created an account, they can send an invitation via email or by texting all of the Small Group members. Your SG members can join group meeting on their computer via
the internet or their phones with the Zoom app. Due to the increase in groups meeting online right now Zoom has limited meetings to 40 minutes. More info here.
- Create an Account
- Go to https://www.zoom.com and click on ‘SIGN UP, IT’S FREE’ in the top right-hand corner.
- Enter your email address and click ‘Sign Up’.
- You will receive a confirmation email asking you to verify the account.
- Schedule a Meeting
- Click on ‘SCHEDULE A MEETING’ in the top menu bar.
- There are a few questions that are easy to answer to set you meeting day and time. You can even set it to reoccur for next week as well. They recommend using your computer audio right now due to the volume of users.M
- Click ‘SAVE’.
- Invite Group Members
- After to have created a meeting click on Copy the invitation on the right hand side of your screen. It is in the Join URL box.
- Paste this in the body of your email to your group members. They can click directly on that link from their computer to join the meeting.
- If you added a password when you were creating your meeting make sure to send it in the email.
- Join a Meeting
- Click on the blue or purple link in the email from your small group leader
- A pop-up window may appear asking to open this application. It is SAFE to do so.
- It may download a document onto your computer the first time you use it. Again, this is SAFE to do so.
- Make sure you use your computer’s audio and if you want to have a video click on the movie camera in the bottom left corner of the Zoom window.
II. Other options for online meetings are: