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Operating as usual
I am teaching a class on how to develop a strategy for Post-COVID Church. If you'd like to sign up you can audit the course for $288 and get continuing education credit. Let's try and discern the future together. https://www.hartsem.edu/courses/building-an-intentional-strategy-for-the-post-pandemic-future/
hartsem.edu The purpose of this series of class sessions is to explore the tools needed to analyze and assess your congregation’s …
Great resource for this Sunday from Marcia McFee.
A poem I needed today.
journeywithjesus.net When this is over, / may we never again / take for granted A handshake with a stranger / Full shelves at the store / Conversations with neighbors / A crowded theater / Friday night out…
I'm teaching a course this Fall at Hartford Seminary about doing church in a COVID world. Continuing Ed. costs and tuition are half off. The course will be online so we will be doing what we are teaching. https://churchtechtoday.com/2020/07/24/hybrid-worship-during-covid-19-and-beyond/?goal=0_c431089590-453a616ae5-180359433&mc_cid=453a616ae5&mc_eid=fe49b2db5c
churchtechtoday.com I have been leading worship in a full-time capacity for twenty-two years. Still, nothing could have prepared me for a global pandemic.
I have been trying to teach our churches this for years. The late Bob Buford has a different way to phrase it, but given our circumstances today, I think it is great advice!
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Worth pondering since our current interim system too often leads to two years of stagnation or decline. There HAS to be a better way if we dare to invent it.
faithandleadership.com On a cold winter day, I was talking on the phone with a colleague about the church where I serve as pastor. I was feeling frustrated. I told him I didn’t know how to move the church where God wanted it to go. I had lots of questions: Where’s the infrastructure? Who’s in control? How do the byl...
Asking a good question.
Join us on tomorrow for Beyond the Gatekeepers: The Corona Worship Paradigm: What would the church be/do if we never return to our buildings?
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Pastors, if you haven't already, you should download (free) and read "The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online." You will know the authors of several of the articles I suspect.
Susan Beaumont is brilliant as usual.
faithlead.luthersem.edu Find the keys to the different kind of leadership that is needed now.
Hope you can join us.
hartsem.edu There has never been a better time to shift your congregation from giving through the Sunday offering plate to giving …
A whole series of amazing webinars...
A Liberating Word about one possible future for the church after all this is over
Moving and challenging insights from one of our Consultants - Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper.
medium.com The office as we know it is likely gone. Why office when you can zoom?
My friend Marcia McFee did a great FREE webinar today on doing Holy Week and Easter when we can't gather in person. This is her site with great resources and she will be posting a video of the webinar shortly.
marciamcfee.com Marcia McFee Worship Consultant - Live Keynotes, Conference Leadership and Virtual Teaching through the Worship Design Studio
A page with lots of resources for being an online church.
The Parish Resource Center is a nonprofit, non-denominational, education-based organization providing knowledgeable consultants, educational workshops and resources supporting faith communities throughout the greater New York area.
A very helpful resource as we rethink church!
freshexpressionsus.org If your church was unable to gather in groups larger than 50, or even 10, what would your church look like? And how would it shape the way you think about your church in how it joins God’s mission?
One of my favorite artist.
Daily Song Sharing & Fri. March 27 Music Gathering on Facebook Live.
These are times of uncertainty, disruption, anxiety and concern. But it is also a time of care, creative connection, generosity & acts of daily kindness. Although these are confusing times, some things continue to make deep & abiding sense - like music & all that continues to be beautiful within us and between us.
I'll be sharing a song each day at 6pm this week on Facebook live. I'll be doing a bit longer music gathering on Friday Night at 8pm EST on Facebook Live. I hope you'll join us as we gather daily & on Friday
**Please share to anyone you feel might appreciate this gathering of spirits.
Travel Tales and Tips
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hartsem.edu Your building may be closed but your ministry shouldn’t be during this time of great need. Join us at 12 p.m. …
This is a sermon streamed on Facebook live. It was done entirely with an iPhone on a tripod. https://youtu.be/2cwgUjwYQLE
Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza continued his Lenten sermon series "An Experiment with Practicing Christianity" by encouraging the congregation to expl...
Rev. Michael Piazza
Perhaps this crisis is an opportunity to take Lent more seriously. NOT sent by God, doesn't mean it can't be used by God. (Graphic from www.progressivechurchmedia.com)
Some suggestions for churches to prepare for Coronavirus:
Wild Goose Festival
For you are dust, and to dust you shall return
Worth thinking about...
A powerful point about modern worship. It probably ISN'T what you think!
firstthings.com The problem with much Christian worship in the contemporary world, Catholic and Protestant alike, . . . .
Agile Church has added several new consultants and coaches to our team: Dr. Scott Thumma, Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Rev. Dr. Peter Luckey, Rev. Ann Ralosky, Rev. Dr. Jim James Howarth Latimer, and Rev. Dr. Peter Ilgenfritz! These are all people actively engaged in church life who ALSO will be available to help your church. Of course Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza and Coy James will also be available. We believe this team of mainline church INSIDERS have great wisdom to offer you and your congregation so please let us know how we can help. You can contact us at [email protected] .com
Interesting Word from Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper who is one of Agile's consultants.
patheos.com I think it's a legitimate question. I should probably included a disclaimer here. If you're not already concerned with bad worship in the church, or if you're blissfully unaware that such a thing exists, you may not like this post. You should read it anyway, because you need to know. It may very wel...
Proud of UCC. Wonder how it compares with other Mainline Churches?
"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority."
Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.
An example of a mainline church that is thriving.... Please share others that you know about.
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