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Resilient Leadership Update #3

I recently watched the TED Talk, Embrace the Shake, that really inspired me. The speaker was an artist who developed a tremor that kept him from expressing his creative urges the way he had been previously. For a period of time, he left art behind completely and was devastated.
A doctor encouraged him to embrace the shake and learn to make art in fresh ways. That’s exactly what he did. Today, Phil Hansen is creating art in places and spaces that is inspiring artists and non-artists alike.
It strikes me that most of us have a very strong sense of what normal is or should be in the way we were doing church before the Coronavirus outbreak. Some of the most difficult parts of our current season of ministry are that they don’t afford us the opportunity to continue the habits and practices that feel so familiar to us.
Like Phil, we can either mourn what we can’t do right now, or we can embrace the opportunity to undertake new ventures and discover new opportunities for ministry impact.
What I am hearing in my conversations with churches that have “embraced the shake” is that they are finding creative ways to make these high-water marks in their churches. I’m blown away by the creativity I’m seeing from pastors across the country who are rapidly adopting technology, learning how to livestream their services, and using video and email to stay connected with their members. I am also awed by the generosity of some churches who have "embraced the shake" by adopting smaller churches who are struggling to adapt.
These days can be the best days of our churches! One of the joys of speaking to so many pastors and laypersons is that I get to hear stories every day reporting record worship attendance through live streaming, record participation in online small groups, huge numbers of volunteers delivering groceries, hosting online kid’s activities, participating in phone trees, and checking daily on and responding to needs of those in their community who are at risk, lonely, and afraid. Not surprisingly, many of these churches are seeing high levels of giving as well. 
Whatever you’re discouraged by today is likely an opportunity to try something new that may open up a world of new possibilities you never anticipated. Lean into the opportunities God is providing for you to shepherd and steward. I promise you—it will be exciting!

Together, we are better. 


Joe Park

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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.

The Church is Open and On the Move 

Church Profile: The Door Church (Lewisville, Texas) 

Watch this fantastic update from Pastor Scott. He is leaning into this opportunity and leading his church to press in and press forward, even if the church isn't meeting regularly on its campus each Sunday. 

Four things this video accomplished: 

  • The mission of the church was clearly articulated. This is the time to remind your congregation and your community why you exist. Your why has never been more important. When people know why you do what you do, they want to rally behind what you do more than you ever thought possible. 

  • All donors are thanked. This is very important. The people who give to your church want to know they are making a difference, and no donor ever complained about being thanked too much. When you thank donors for their generosity, you are honoring the disciple-making work that takes place when we give generously to Kingdom things. 

  • The places where ministry impact is happening is clearly identified. Faith always overcomes fear as long as there is hope. When you tell your congregation and your community about the people being reached and how you’re serving others, it keeps your congregation engaged and makes it easier to mobilize them to do even more ministry. 

  • Tell people how they can help you get the word out—and ask them to do it. Your church wants to help you by using their online sphere of influence to make others aware of the ministry of your church. Whatever worship opportunities and resources you make available through your website and social media should be clearly identified, easily discovered, shareable! 

Church Profile: Providence Church (Mount Juliet, Tennessee) 

Pastor Jacob released an impact and giving message to its members that did an outstanding job of communicating that while the church building might be closed, the church is alive and active. 

Four things this video accomplished: 

  • The pastor communicated what the church was doing while the church wasn’t meeting. Don’t assume your people know all the activity taking place right now, and don’t be afraid to tell others all the ministry that is happening in the community. 

  • The video clearly shows and educates the church about how to give online. This may not be the normal giving channel for some of your congregation, so this could provide an opportunity to carefully show them how to give online.  

  • The church provided a name and contact information of someone to contact with any financial questions or to facilitate any special giving needs. When you’re not sure what to do or have a question you want answered, communicating with a person rather than a faceless “” account matters. 

  • The video was distributed to the church via email and social media. It’s so important to utilize digital communications and social media to stay connected between gatherings. Your people already have a device in their pocket that they watch videos on regularly. While this may be new for your church, it’s not new for your people. 

In this season of ministry, don’t miss the Gospel opportunities happening all around you! 

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