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Resilient Leadership Update #17 

One of my major observations during this season is that COVID-19 has not so much changed the future as it has accelerated the cultural changes that were already taking place. As we emerge from this crisis, I believe that thriving churches will be better positioned for growth, while churches who had previously been in decline will likely see that process accelerate. The decline is not inevitable, but changing directions will require adaptive change. Adaptive change requires courageous leadership willing to learn, risk, and let go of trying to recreate the past in order to embrace God’s future.

This week, I had the opportunity to share a webinar with Tony Morgan to discuss seven shifts he believes will be necessary for churches to thrive during and after the current crisis. Tony is a sought after thought leader in the field of leadership and change. He is the founder of The Unstuck Group, that quite literally helps churches get “unstuck” by guiding them to focus on vision, strategy, team, and action.


Webinar Replay: Tony Morgan on Leading the Church Forward 

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
Click here watch the interview with Tony Morgan!

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!

Webinar Replay: A First Look at the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

The SBA has released the application that churches and nonprofits will need to complete to apply for loan forgiveness. 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, joined me for a deep dive into the process of completing the application process. The webinar summary includes a list of 20 of the most frequently asked questions and is based on a CapinCrouse White Paper titled: A First Look at the Paycheck Protection Program.

Click here to watch the webinar
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!


Joe Park


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.

When the Stakes Are High, You Want to Talk to a Trusted Guide

Horizons has been guiding church leaders in areas of ministry funding for nearly three decades. We’ve helped thousands of churches raise billions of dollars, and we’ve got the results to back it up.
We’re ready to put our proven framework approach to work for you. Knowledge is one thing, but it is experience that really matters when it seems like everything is on the line.
Download your FREE Church Ministry Funding Guide. We’re already helping church leaders shape their thinking around five critical focus areas of ministry:
  1. Maximize recurring giving
  2. Deliver effective offering talks
  3. Engage financial leaders
  4. Implement first-time donor strategies
  5. Align your church budget with your 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, June 4, 10am CDT

[Expert Interview] 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

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. 
  • First Look at the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
  • 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

Don’t Miss These Pastor Spotlights

We are really excited to feature three pastors who are leading their local churches in ministry-minded ways during the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing. Through these interviews, you’ll learn from leaders just like you who are making the most of this challenging season of ministry and seeing great things happen as a result of their courage and creativity.
  1. The Upside of the Pandemic with Dr. Lisa Tucker-Gray
  2. Pastor Jacob Armstrong Discusses Success in Increasing Recurring Giving
  3. Leading Through COVID-19 with Pastor Ron Edmondson
Take the time to be encouraged and perhaps even uncover some new thinking that will help you focus your efforts and lead your church. Know that the Horizons team prays for pastors daily, and we believe in you!

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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