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Resilient Leadership Update #8

Last week was intense. Just keeping up with all the changes related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgivable Loans was a challenge—for all of us. We are beginning to hear from happy churches who report their PPP loans have been approved. Even though the funds for this loan program will likely be depleted in the next couple of days, if you have not already applied, I encourage you to evaluate if this program is right for your church. If you believe it is, go ahead and apply in the event congress approves more money for the program. We have posted 27 links to information on SBA Grants and Loans on our COVID-19 Resource Center. Here are the most viewed.  

  1. SBA: Faith-Based Organizations FAQ for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) 
  2. Paycheck Protection Program Loan Application and the SBA Interim Final Rule: Paycheck Protection Program Loans
  3. My interview with Jeff Watson (Licensed Attorney) unpacks his take on the legislation and how it impacts churches. Note: A follow-up webinar has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 8. 
  4. My interview with David Atkins, President of the Missouri United Methodist Foundation, revealed some key practical insights related to churches and The CARES Act. 
Two other highly viewed resources are pastoral self-care from our founder, Clif Christopher, and Easter and Your Offering by my colleague, Kristine Miller.

I also recommend you scroll down and look through our menu of UPCOMING WEBINARS. Even if you are not able to attend, when you register, you will be able to watch it later on-demand. 

Two more items I don’t want you to miss:  

This crisis is asking new things from you, demanding more of you, and requiring a pace that may be much more intense than normal. During this Holy Week leading up to Easter, know that the team at Horizons is praying for you daily. The church needs you to stay healthy and lead strong—now more than ever.

Together, we are better.  

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.

Upcoming FREE Webinars

Tuesday, April 7, 10am CDT

Optimizing Your Church's Website for Recurring Giving 
Join Horizons Stewardship's Joe Park, CEO, and Richard Rogers, Senior Vice President and author of The e-Giving Guide for Every Church, as they discuss how you can optimize your church's website for recurring giving.
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Wednesday, April 8, 9am CDT

Preparing My Church for a CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Loan
 
Join Horizons Stewardship CEO, Joe Park, as he hosts attorney Jeff Watson to discuss new guidance on the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program and how to prepare your church to take advantage of what can be a forgivable loan designed to help you keep your staff employed during this crisis. 
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Thursday, April 9, 10am CDT

How to talk about Generosity, Life Change, and Impact During Social Distancing

Join Horizons Stewardship CEO, Joe Park, and nationally recognized marketing, branding, and communications expert and author, Kem Meyer, as they take a look at crisis communication strategies you should be employing now and on the other side of the pandemic.
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Tuesday, April 14, 10am CDT

A Pastor’s View of the Changed Landscape During Social Distancing 

Joe Park, CEO of Horizons Stewardship, sits down with Ron Edmondson, former CEO of Leadership Network and nationally recognized church strategist, author, and pastor, to discuss:
  1. What has changed for you since the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing?
  2. What does pastoring an online community look like in comparison to a traditional congregational setting?
  3. How are you communicating with your church—and your staff—during this time?
  4. What do your next four to eight weeks look like strategically? 
  5. How are you practicing self-care during this season of intense leadership?
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Don’t worry if you can’t attend!
Every person who registers will get a recording of the webinar.

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. They can be found under the tab "Leading Through Coronavirus Outbreak and Social Distancing Resources and Webinars" under "Webinars."
  • Church Internal Financial Controls During Social Distancing
  • Electronic Recurring Giving: Needed Now More than Ever
  • Communicating with Ministry and Financial Leaders During Social Distancing
  • How to Deliver Offering Talks Through Live Streaming

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NEW! 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. 

Great video from Pastor Tim Johnson of Lifehouse Church (Huntertown, IN)
 
Here is what we loved about this video:

  • The backdrop of the video visually suggests impact. The cans and bags of food in the background provide a visual reminder for everyone watching that the church is mobilizing to meet the needs of the community.
  • Specific examples of ministry opportunities are clearly outlined in the video. Just because you are familiar with all that is happening at your church doesn’t mean everyone else is able to quickly identify those, too.
  • Pastor Tim calls people to be generous. The people in your church are looking for ways to make an impact. Make it easy for them to do that through your church by providing online giving, and specifically, recurring giving, so they can be part of the mission delivery engine that is providing much-needed support to those in need.
  • The different ways to give are outlined and demonstrated. There is nothing worse than wanting to give but not being sure how to do that—and quickly. It’s easy to think that “everyone” in your church knows all the different ways to give to your church. The truth is most people don’t. That’s why you need to tell them how.
  • Pastor Tim ends with a call to prayer. There is no greater single act of solidarity for a faith community than one who agrees to pray together about ministry, life change, and impact. Everyone in your church and community can participate. Doing so will foster connection, affinity, and trust through a shared experience.

NEW! The CARES Act and Charitable Giving

Big thanks to the Sharpe Group for highlighting two provisions in the legislation directly related to charitable giving:
  • An above-the-line deduction against gross income in the amount of $300 for charitable contributions made after December 31, 2019, by filers taking the standard deduction.
  • Temporary suspension during 2020 of the AGI limitation for cash charitable contributions to public charities with specific ineligibility to either donor-advised funds (DAFs) or 509(a)(3) organizations.

 
While the full impact of The CARES Act remains to be seen, these two provisions above along with the individual cash deposits to qualifying individuals and households and the Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loans should help infuse households and businesses with new dollars and an incentive to commit those dollars to charitable endeavors.
 
This is good news for churches and faith-based ministries especially. Just be sure to clearly articulate how you’re making an impact and your assessment of just how big the need is in your community. As people become more confident in their personal economic situation, they will begin looking for people and places to make a social impact, as they know many are hurting and in need.

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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