Resilient Leadership Update #13
A New and Different Normal.
As state and local governments begin to ease restrictions on the shelter in place orders that have blanketed most of the nation, churches are facing a new and very different normal as they consider how to expand their ministry offerings in what appears to be a long season of social distancing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a new “Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith” that outlines precautions churches may need to take as coronavirus restrictions are eased. These guidances are summarized by Joe Carter in an article published this week by The Gospel Coalition. They include continued use of virtual options for worship and meetings, gathering size limitations, continued use of face coverings, heightened sanitation requirements, discouraging the use of offering plates, pew pads, shared books like hymnals, and even choirs.
To help prepare churches, we have scheduled a webinar with Tony Morgan, a nationally recognized church thought leader, author, and founder of The Unstuck Group, to guide leaders to focus on what steps they need to be taking today to be ready for a new and very different normal.
Join us on Thursday, May 14, as we sit down with Tony Morgan to discuss seven shifts that will define a new normal for local church ministry.
Leading Through Disruption.
We appreciated hearing directly from two pastors who are learning to lead through this COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing. Ron Edmondson, the former CEO of The Leadership Network, walked us through how he is leading his staff and church in this challenging season. Jacob Armstrong discussed how recurring giving has helped Providence Church remain fully funded while meeting the heightened ministry demands in this historic season of ministry.
How to Come Back from a Decline in Church Giving.
Church Executive magazine, a leading publication for church leaders, published a feature story, How to Come Back from a Decline in Church Giving, that I wrote several months ago. I had no idea how important it would be right now. In the article, I identify three critical areas and nine questions that should help you begin to put some language and structure around your next steps.
Will Your PPP Loan Be Forgiven?
Statements this week by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and new SBA Guidelines have many churches with large unrestricted cash reserves and/or unrestricted endowments concerned that their loans will not meet the slowly unfolding requirements for forgiveness. To address these concerns, I have invited Stan Reiff, CPA, and Ted Batson, Attorney, who are Partners at CapinCrouse, to join me in a recorded conversation specifically on this subject to be distributed in the next Resilient Leadership Edition. We have also scheduled two additional webinars with CapinCrouse. You can sign up by clicking on the Register Now buttons in the Webinar section below.
Last, don’t forget to visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for relevant links to help guide you through this unique season of ministry.
Stay healthy and keep leading strong!
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