Tag: COVID19

EPISODE #41 – SHOULD OUR CHURCH REGROUP AND RELAUNCH?

EPISODE #41 – SHOULD OUR CHURCH REGROUP AND RELAUNCH?
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This episode has the guys answering a question from Pastor Gary: Our church (7 to 11 members) has decided to stop meeting publicly and wants to regroup in my home-they are also considering a name change and a move closer to town-what advice or wisdom can you offer?

Listen in as the guys have an awkward start, talk Covid19, break it down, and consider some of the options in stopping, restarting and moving a church to another location for greater missional effectiveness.

 

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Episode #35 – Outreach during COVID

Episode #35 – Outreach during COVID
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The present pandemic has changed the rules of engagement for everyone – especially the church and outreach. The guys break down some of their thoughts on outreach in the time of Covid 19.

Q: What does outreach look like in the time of social distancing?

We have to acknowledge that there are new rules of personal engagement. Going digital is an easy way to connect with people who have questions and concerns. Encourage, support and coach your members to start an online prayer gathering or bible study for their friends or family.

Taking regular walks in the neighborhood and interacting with people at a safe distance – focusing on how you might pray for or encourage them specifically.

Offering a drive-up prayer table at your local church.

Reaching out to neighbors through door hangers which offer practical and prayer support as well as inviting them to listen to services online.

Practical ministry through safe giveaways: supplies, clothes, food.

Offering your church facilities as a place of refuge, service.

  • Sports practice: soccer fields, baseball, softball, basketball etc.
  • Your parking lot: kids learning to ride their bikes, social distance circle up meetings

Developing a greater social media footprint of engagement: Jimbo has been doing Coffee meetings every morning at 7am on Facebook.  (He has now shifted to 1x a week on Monday morning)

One thing to keep in mind is that people are not looking for “polished” and “professional”, they are looking for things that are authentic.

Think outside the box, use what you have and pray for God to lead your church to connect with people.

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BONUS EPISODE – Pastoring in a Pandemic Español // EPISODIO EXTRA – Pastorear en una Pandemia

BONUS EPISODE – Pastoring in a Pandemic Español // EPISODIO EXTRA – Pastorear en una Pandemia
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ENGLISH – Today we have Pastor Jaime Lopez from Bell Shoals Iglesia Bautista in Florida, and Pastor David Quiroa de Valley Baptist Español in California. Today we are talking about ways to reach our church through social media, email and phone calls. We will talk about some cost-effective ways to record your sermon. The reasons why Pastor David and Pastor Jaime are choosing to pre-record sermons instead of going live. Then Jaime and David are also discussing the importance of having a team, it is easy to want to do everything on your own, but we are not alone. We hope you enjoy this time with Pastor Jaime and Pastor David
below are some links to the apps and equipment discussed in this podcast

ESPAÑOL – Hoy tenemos al Pastor Jaime Lopez de la Iglesia Bautista de Bell Shoals en Florida, y el Pastor David Quiroa de Valley Baptist Español en California. Hoy estamos hablando de formas de llegar a nuestra iglesia a través de las redes sociales, correo electrónico y llamadas telefónicas. Hablaremos sobre algunas formas de grabar su sermón, con costo minimo. Tambien las razones por las cuales el Pastor David y el Pastor Jaime están eligiendo pregrabar sermones en lugar de ir en vivo los domingos en la mañana. Jaime y David también están abalndo la importancia de tener un equipo, es fácil querer hacer todo solos, pero no estamos solos.

Esperamos que disfrute este tiempo con el pastor Jaime y el pastor David.
A continuación hay algunos enlaces a las aplicaciones y equipos que se tratan en este podcast.

https://www.switcherstudio.com

https://zoom.us

Episode #31 – REOPENING THE CHURCH POST COVID19

Episode #31 – REOPENING THE CHURCH POST COVID19
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Josh Ellis and Keelan Cook from the Union Baptist Association stopped by The Bootcamp to visit with Bob and Jimbo about considerations in re-opening and leading the church after the Covid19 quarantine ends.

 

Pastors are all over the board in terms of their plans for resuming church gatherings.

Pastors are asking: “What steps should we take in phasing in a return to gathered worship?  “Should we go back to normal?”

Our advice: No! Don’t go back to normal. Don’t return to a pre-Covid19 state.  There have been so many good things taking place and ministry successes, so keep moving forward.

One concern is that some churches will want to knee-jerk and go back to life as it was pre-Covid19.

This moment of disruption, due to Covid19 is a real godsend to the church. Capitalize on this moment and move forward.

Ken Braddy’s list of 24 questions for Re-opening the church is a great reference point for logistics.

From a leadership standpoint focus on the needs of the people who are in our church, look at the entire system and structure of the church and ask: “Are we rushing back into live services because I want to? Because our people want to? Should we wait for the benefit of our people?”

 

Regarding lists that you see online for returning to gathered worship know this: it’s just that-a list, a point of reference. Your local context and the needs of your congregation must be considered uniquely.

We suggest getting key leaders together and processing everything logistically and programmatically. Divide them into categories: don’t do this again, start this now, wait to start this later.

 

We are not post Covid19 yet, the peak is not the goal. The goal is the decline of the infection rate. Officials are talking about opening up the economy to meet the financial needs of businesses and people. This is different from our needs as a church.

We should anticipate that people will likely want to avoid handshakes, hugs, coffee stations, doorknobs, classrooms.

We need to really evaluate what core actions; practices are required to help us fulfill our mission. Our rush to get back together in the building may cause us to overlook the gains we have made during the pause of ministry as normal.

Anticipate that upon returning to gathered worship you will have two groups: those that want to return to community as normal (hugs, handshakes etc.) and those that are afraid to come back and attend worship.  Pastor both groups.

One of the most important leadership actions Pastors can take and need to take in this time is this: multiply yourself, invest in leaders who can share the weight and responsibilities of leading in the local church.

Some encouragement for Pastors right now: let others lead, let others preach, develop them and take time to rest.

 

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