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Resilient Leadership Update #1 

Welcome to the Resilient Leadership Series! 

We want to equip you with ideas, information, and inspiration to help you lead strong during the Coronavirus outbreak and social distancing. As you scroll through this email, you’ll find what we hope is a treasure trove of the helpful resources to help you BE the church—even when your church isn’t meeting in person. 

The need for ministry has never been greater in your community than it is right now, and we thought it was only appropriate to start this series talking about generosity

The church is at its best when generosity is a defining characteristic. We believe generosity is a spiritual experience well before it is a financial decision. During this time, we have an opportunity to show the world how the practice of generosity is one of the most powerful actions we can take to unite, serve, and create an impact in the world. 

If you're struggling to find a way to encourage generosity right now, then we'd love to share with you what we're learning and seeing all across the country. It's our privilege to see pastors and churches become transformational agents of change through the practice and paradox of generosity even when their churches aren’t meeting in person for weekend worship. 

Generosity is not something God wants from us. It's something God wants for us. We want you to experience that, too. 


Joe Park

P.S. Starting next week, you’ll receive a “Resilient Leadership Update” on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have a ministry example you’d like to share, just hit reply. Your response will come straight to me. 

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Timely Ministry Ideas

We want to help inspire your thinking about ways you can leverage technology, communication, and creativity to be a shining light of hope to others during this time of uncertainty. Just because the church doesn’t gather doesn’t mean the church isn’t at work. 
5 Practical Ways to Inspire Human Connection During Social Distancing 
  1. Deliver a daily inspirational message or devotional thought on Facebook. Your people are already there—and so are their friends. Don’t strive for perfection. Strive for consistency. Send a copy via email as a follow-up. 

  2. Use social media to share opportunities to deliver groceries or medicine to the most vulnerable in your community. This is a great way to get your students involved in ministry while they are out of school. 

  3. Adopt a local small business. Many small businesses are hurting. Your church can adopt one during this time by helping to promote their services and products. It’s also a great opportunity to minister to the owner who is likely experiencing a lot of pressure and stress right now. 

  4. Coordinate with your local food pantry if your church doesn’t operate one to ensure it remains fully stocked with food and workers. People can order non-perishable goods online and have them delivered to your church or bring them by the church after they visit the grocery store. 

  5. Send a stream of encouraging notes to a local nursing home and to vulnerable persons in your church and community who are staying in. This population already feels very isolated, but this is even more pronounced during the practice of social distancing. And this is something the entire church and families can do together. 

“One of the principal rules of religion is, to lose no occasion of serving God. And, since he is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve him in our neighbor which he receives as if done to himself in person, standing visibly before us.” —John Wesley 

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Mobilize Your Church for Ministry

Social distancing doesn't mean you can't mobilize your church for ministry! Consider creating a survey like Westwood UMC ( did to gather the needs of people in your community. This is something everyone in your church can join and participate in some way.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller 

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