BEFORE YOU REOPEN:
- Click here to read a letter from Executive State Pastor Doug Talley regarding reopening and Governor Holcomb’s announcement.
- Click here for a link to a resource page that includes links to State of Indiana guidelines, as well as resources and check lists that are not Indiana specific.
- Click here for a document developed by Nate Tatman with a plethora of helpful information about the crisis, reopening and future implications.
Letter from Doug Talley, Executive State Pastor of Indiana Ministries:
During any crisis, we have a firm foundation. Our faith is in God and God’s provision. We are not to live in fear but through prayer we can find God’s peace. We can help reduce anxiety through prayerful, informed counsel, and by having a plan of action that will be in everyone’s best interest.
I hope this information is helpful to you as you continue to serve your congregation and your community. We are praying for you and for your communities. The present situation provides an opportunity to serve others and let persons know God’s people care for them and are eager to serve in any way possible.
If we can be of assistance, please call Indiana Ministries at (317) 773-6477 or email one of us.
May God guide you as you minister to others.
COVID-19 Response Resources for Churches:
For Rural Communities specifically
The Discomfort You Are Feeling Is Grief
Vital Smarts: Crucial Skills For Crucial Times
Vital Smarts: How To Lead Through COVID 19
Ed Stetzer: Four Phases to Navigate This Crisis
Barna COVID-19 Response Toolkit
Church Fuel: Learn how you can lead well, what tools to use, and how to communicate effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic (and beyond)
Ministry Grid: Free Training, Documents, and Checklists to Lead Your Church Through the Coronavirus
Billy Graham Center, Rick Warren, & Humanitarian Disaster Institute
Vanderbloemen: Church Resources for Navigating COVID-19
Carey Nieuwhof: Several articles and tips on crisis leadership and producing digital content
ECFA on setting up benevolence fund in your church
InterVarsity: Ministering Online Through COVID-19
Ralph Moore Blog: Pastoring Through a Pandemic
How To Host A Small Group Online by FactsandTrends.net
Cardinal Rules of Running An Online Meeting
Intentional Churches: From the Front Lines of Ministry (Video)
Thom Rainer: Speaking & Preaching To A Virtual Audience
Long Terms Effects of Quarantine
Resources for Youth Ministry:
Online Giving Options:
If not already set up, there are many options available for online giving. If you use a Church Management System (Planning Center Online, Elexio, Servant Keeper, etc.), you probably have online and/or text to give options available through that system that might be the best way to get started with electronic giving. Here are some other options.