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Resilient Leadership Update #15 


I continue to be amazed at the creativity and leadership I’m seeing from pastors across the country who are leaning into social distancing and finding their way forward. Today, I want to shine a light on one courageous pastor whose modest urban congregation is embracing both technical and adaptive learnings to thrive despite the challenges they face.
 

Pastor Spotlight: The Rev. Dr. Lisa Tucker-Gray of Trinity Episcopal Church (Toledo, OH)

 
Trinity Episcopal Church has, like many other churches, discovered new ways to minister during the pandemic. Dr. Tucker-Gray also experienced generosity in a new way. Trinity has 66 pledging households. But during Lent alone, the church received online contributions from 50 people—in addition to their pledging households. When you invite people to partner with you in ministry, you give them an opportunity to invest in making a difference in the world through your church. Watch this inspiring interview between Kristine Miller, Executive Vice President and Partner, Horizons Stewardship, and Dr. Tucker-Gray.

 

Register Now: Webinar with Tony Morgan about Leading the Church Forward

 
Tony Morgan, Founder of The Unstuck Group and church thought leader, will join me for a discussion about seven shifts necessary in defining a new future for local church ministry. During this webinar, you’ll discover strategic insights to help you:
  • Understand why going back to "normal" may not be realistic
  • Identify what's most important right now
  • Curate the right conversations with staff and leadership
  • Outline a recovery and mobilization plan moving forward
  • Focus resources and commitments to new ministry opportunities
We’re all in this together. That means we can and should learn from each other. Thinking about what the future of the church looks like is critical to maximizing your ministry's impact potential. Limited spots are available. Register today!

 

Register Now: Webinar with Stan Reiff about Cash Flow Management, Budgeting, and Church Financial Strategies in 2020

 
Stan Reiff, Partner and Professional Practice Lead at CapinCrouse, the world's largest audit and accounting firm dedicated to serving churches and faith-based nonprofits, will join me to discuss how to manage cash flow during uncertain giving seasons. Topics will include:
  • Key findings from a recent church financial survey conducted by CapinCrouse
  • Cash flow management strategies for churches who are seeing increased, same, or declining giving patterns
  • How and when to renegotiate debt service
  • What liquidity today means for future lending opportunities in anticipation of lower interest rates and construction costs in Q3 and Q4 of 2020
  • Budgeting strategies every church can benefit from for the remainder of 2020
Limited spots are available. Register today!

 

New Resource Ready for Download: Church Ministry Funding Guide


Where you’re going you’ve never been before. That’s why you need a compass, not a map. In this new eBook, you’ll discover five key areas that will help you stabilize and accelerate your ability to fund more ministry and make more disciples:
  • Maximize recurring giving
  • Deliver effective offering talks
  • Engage financial leaders
  • Implement first-time donor strategies
  • Align your church budget with your current ministry opportunities
This eBook is packed full of practical ideas designed to ensure you fully fund your ministry budget in 2020 and beyond. What is coming in the weeks and months ahead is still largely unknown. That’s why it’s critical you build a strong ministry funding foundation on these five core functions. Download this FREE resource today!

 

Expert Interview - PPP Loan Forgiveness: What We Know and What We Do Not Know

 
If you missed the recent expert interview with Stan Reiff, Partner and Practice Group Consulting Lead at CapinCrouse, you’ll want to catch it. Stan unpacks the latest details from the SBA related to PPP loan forgiveness and highlights practical ideas and best practices to ensure you are taking the necessary steps today to maximize loan forgiveness.
 
New information is coming out regularly, so this is definitely packed full of answers to your most pressing questions. Watch the interview now.
 
Last, don’t forget to visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for relevant links to help inform your strategy and planning right now and the remainder of 2020.
 
Stay healthy and keep leading strong!

Blessings,


Joe Park
CEO

 

P.S. Horizons is working around the clock to support you during the Coronavirus outbreak and during this time of social distancing. To stay up to date and have access to the latest resources, sign up for a FREE Giving 365 account. When you do that, you’ll be the first to know when new ideas, strategies, and resources are available to help you lead strong.

Ready to Shape Your Strategy for the Next 30, 60, and 90 Days? We Can Help!

If you’re like many church leaders, you’re not quite sure what ministry is going to look like six to twelve months from now. But you know it’s going to be different than what it was before COVID-19 and social distancing.

We’re helping church leaders shape their thinking around five critical focus areas of ministry.
  1. Maximizing Recurring Giving
  2. Delivering Effective Offering Talks 
  3. Engaging Financial Leaders 
  4. Implementing First-Time Donor Strategies
  5. Aligning Church Budgets with Current Ministry Opportunities

These five focus areas are practical next steps you can take right now to give you confidence and clarity in your ministry leadership as you move through this transitional season of ministry.

Together, we will:

  • Contextualize best practices for your church and community.
  • Help you build a plan to implement necessary changes.
  • Define what’s important to ensure you are focused on the most productive opportunities right now.
  • Coordinate with you and your leadership to optimize your impact.
  • Incorporate feedback loops to fine-tune your approach for sustainability and growth.
If you’re wondering what it might look like to have a collaborator and coach join you in your ministry planning efforts as you begin to establish a new normal, we’re ready to help. Month-to-month agreements are available. Fees are based on the size of your church.

You don’t have to figure this out by yourself. Let us help you lead strong while we build a bridge to what the future of the church will look like for you and your community.
Contact Us

New! Free Webinars


Thursday, May 14, 10am CDT

Seven Shifts that Will Define a New Normal for Local Church Ministry
 
Tony Morgan, a nationally recognized author, speaker, consultant, and founder of The Unstuck Group, talks with Joe Park, CEO of Horizons Stewardship, about seven practical shifts church leaders need to consider as our culture moves beyond the Coronavirus outbreak and social distancing. In this webinar, you'll discover strategic insights to help you:
  • Understand why going back to "normal" may not be realistic
  • Identify what's most important right now
  • Curate the right conversations with staff and leadership 
  • Outline a recovery and mobilization plan moving forward
  • Focus resources and commitments to new ministry opportunities
Register Now


Tuesday, May 19, 10am CDT

Cash Flow Management, Budgeting, and Church Financial Strategies in 2020
 
Stan Reiff, Partner and Professional Practice Lead at CapinCrouse, the world's largest audit and accounting firm dedicated to serving churches and faith-based nonprofits, joins Joe Park, CEO at Horizons Stewardship, to discuss how to manage cash flow during uncertain giving seasons. Topics will include:
  • Key findings from a recent church financial survey conducted by CapinCrouse
  • Cash flow management strategies for churches who are seeing increased, same, or declining giving patterns
  • How and when to renegotiate debt service
  • What liquidity today means for future lending opportunities in anticipation of lower interest rates and construction costs in Q3 and Q4 of 2020
  • Budgeting strategies every church can benefit from for the remainder of 2020
Register Now
Don’t worry if you can’t attend!
Every person who registers will get a recording of the webinar.

Note: If your judicatory, church association, or foundation would like to explore scheduling a private webinar dedicated to the specific needs of your churches, feel free to contact Joe Park at jpark@horizons.net.

Previous Webinars

 
The following recorded webinars are available for download in our free on-demand resource library, Giving365. Click here to sign up or sign in. 
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness: What We Know and What We Don't 
  • Best Practices for Accountability and Maximizing Your Loan Forgiveness
  • Optimizing Your Church's Website for Recurring Giving
  • Internal Financial Controls During Social Distancing
  • How to Fully Fund Ministry During Social Distancing
  • Electronic Recurring Giving: Needed Now More Than Ever
  • Communicating with Your Leaders During Social Distancing
  • How to Deliver Offering Talks Through Live Streaming and Virtual Platforms
  • Preparing My Church for a CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Loan with Attorney Jeff Watson

NEW! Ministry Insights from Around the Web

We want to highlight ideas and information to resource and equip you to minister and meet the needs of your community while your church isn’t gathering for your normal weekend experience.  

For a complete list of curated links to the latest resources, click here.

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