Nona Jones, a globally acclaimed thought leader on leveraging technology for ministry, had been leading a movement and sounding the alarm for several years to make digital discipleship a central part of every church’s ministry approach. With churches going online, this resource is more important than ever. Find From Social Media to Social Ministry: A Guide to Digital Discipleshiphere.
How to lead through crisis video series
In How to Lead Through Crisis, a 7 part on-demand online series, Carey Nieuwhof delivers his best strategies, tools, habits and mindsets so you can lead your church to a new (and better) future. Find the course here.
Gordon MacDonald speaks at VNE association leader forum
Gordon MacDonald gave an encouraging talk to our Association Leaders on May 5, 2020 about the example of John the Baptist's role in pointing people to Jesus. Watch here.
Church Reopening Checklist
Overseed has compiled a list of issues and questions that churches should think through before re-opening post Covid-19. Find the PDF here.
Small Church Pastors Roundtable
In this Vision New England Roundtable, four small church pastors in New England discuss coronavirus issues with hosts Rich and Heidi Joy from Breathe Ministries. Watch the replay here.
Urban Resources from Emmanuel Gospel Center
Care Against Racism provides information about the impact on communities of color and taking action against racism. The Relationships. Marriage & Family page has great resources for dealing with conflict and intimate partner violence.
Financial Health Training for All
Church Generosity Course, God is Your Provider Personal Finances Course, Bless Your Pastor, and additional online training sessions at NAE Financial Health's website.
Pastor Rick Warren and other Christian leaders offer encouragement for pastors about walking through crisis at Coronavirus and the Church's Resiliency website.
Coronavirus and Christ,
A book from john piper
John Piper has released a book entitled Coronavirus and Christ, offering six biblical answers to the question, "What is God doing through the coronavirus?" It is free on ebook and audiobook.
thoughts on grief
Victoria Kowarick, Pastor of Evangelism and Spiritual Growth at Walnut Hill Community Church writes a letter to fellow pastors about grief and funerals in this time of loss for many.
Spanish language manual
The National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NALEC) created a FREE Spanish-language manual to help Hispanic Evangelical congregations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Get the manual here.
information about the CARES Act for nonprofitS
ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) hosted a webinar about the CARES Act. This document outlines the key provisions relevant to nonprofit organizations. Attorneys McCandless & Nicholson published this document for their religious clients considering submitting an application.
Payment protection program (PPP) INFORMATION SHEET
The Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Find more information on this Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet.
six steps to an effective online service
Dunham+Company put together a document outlining six steps to make sure your church is prepared to hold church online.
This was developed by Life Church and is made available to churches for no cost and is being used by a number of New England churches. You just need to sign up here.
Services in MA
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close. On page 8 this document lists church workers as essential.
An article by Tammy McLeod, CRU Harvard and Park Street Church, compiles the ongoing changes and aims to help readers find peace during uncertain times. "COVID-19 Conversations" continues to delve into the topic of sorting through ambiguous loss at the McLeod's Website.