Faith Formation Ministries offers helpful Resources for Reopening Children’s Ministry in a Covid-19 World; the Congregational Consulting Group shares 10 Questions to Ask Now; RootedGood wonders How Will We Gather? and offers their Planning Exercise; and a huge ecumenical group suggests answers in Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life during a Pandemic.
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers a pile of online worship and church resources, including, Online Worship Makes Evangelism Less Intimidating for Many; 6 Traits People Value in Online Faith Communities; and Online Worshipers: Moving from Viewers to Participants; while twelve:thirty media offers The Church On-Line Guide; and Faith+Lead’s Pivot Podcast, “invites church leaders to use the disruptive moment of COVID-19 to reimagine how they think about church, ministry, and leadership”.
With tools for helping individuals, congregations and communities move from reactive crisis mode to sustainable hopefulness, Grace Ji-Sun Kim gives us Hope in Disarray: Piecing Our Lives Together in Faith (Pilgrim); Michel Le Gribble-Dates shares ideas for How to Be Well in Summer; Shalem Institute shares two opportunities: a new installment of their Online School of Contemplative Prayer Series, Opening to the Spirit and a shorter series, With Hearts Wide Open, which explores how compassion and power are dimensions of contemplative leadership; the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center gives churches Conflict Transformation Skills; and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center is leading a Improving Mental Health Service Access for Farming and Rural Communities Three-Part Webinar Series.
For additional resources for re-opening and on-lining or hybridizing your community, see The Ministry Lab’s constantly updated Congregational Life and Denominations pages; for Talking with Children and Teens about Grief and Trauma, check out our constantly updated resource list and join our Co-Lab Webinar with Jenny Schroedel: Tools for Talking with Children & Teens about Grief & Trauma (email firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link); and to deepen your own contemplative life and take a few moments for rest and renewal, join our Midweek Retreat (again, email for the zoom link).