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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 storyHow 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!


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.

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 lay a firm foundation to extend your ministry reach during what appears to be an extended season of social distancing adjustments. 
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!
Contact Us

New! Free Webinars

Thursday, May 7, 10am CDT

[Expert Interview] PPP Loan Forgiveness Update: What We Know and What to Do Now
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 updates on PPP loan forgiveness strategies and what churches need to do right now. Topics will include:
  • Overview of new updates and clarifications from SBA related to PPP loan forgiveness
  • How to create and organize the necessary documentation to request loan forgiveness
  • What to expect from your bank during the forgiveness process
  • Mitigation strategies if your loan isn't forgiven partially or in whole
Register Now

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

[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. 
  • Best Practices for Accountability and Maximizing Your PPP Loan Forgiveness
  • Optimizing Your Church's Website for Recurring Giving
  • Church Internal Financial Controls During Social Distancing
  • How to Fully Fund Ministry 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
  • Preparing My Church for a Paycheck Protection Program Loan

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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