Doing Ministry in a Time of Social Distancing
Calling People Back to Church
“Calling People Back to Church,” led by our Leadership Development Director Tim Strickland. Pastor John Mahaffey of West Highland Church will be also be speaking. Please click the link for the attached sermon notes from John’s recent message, “The Return from Exile.”
Lessons from Church History that Apply to the Church Today - Dr. Albert Mohler
We were privilege to have Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, professor, speaker, author, and insightful Christian commentator, as our guest speaker.
Dr. Mohler’s topic was "Lessons from church history that apply to the church today: What God is teaching the church and how the church should go forward".
Click below to watch the full video
Increasing Online Engagement Webinar
This webinar will help you move beyond counting service views to find meaningful ways to connect with both new viewers and longtime attendees so they can trust in Christ and grow as disciples through their connection to the church. Click on the 'Replay' below.
Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., all places of worship in Ontario will be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers. To read more more - Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days
Additionally, the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2.
Frame Work for Reopening - Stage 2
More information will be coming soon from the government on procedures for churches to open.
Zoom Think Tank With MPP Sam Oosterhoff (June 3, 2020)
MPP Sam Oosterhoff (Niagara West), spent time with the pastors and staff from our FEB Central Churches to listen to feedback on suggested safety measures in anticipation of the reopening of places of worship. Sam (on behalf of MPP Monte McNaughton - Minister of Labour) has been consulting with faith leaders across our province.
Attached below is the video and questions (on the Zoom Chat) which were asked during the meeting.
Suggested Templates for Opening:
Smart Church Solutions has created this template for opening :Social Distancing, Ministry Considerations, and More..."Smart Church Solutions has developed this guide to help you consider how you can effectively and intentionally resume a limited live meeting and worship experience while still adhering to the ever-changing recommendations. We have attempted to present many of the more difficult choices you will need to consider prior to the resumption of operations, albeit in a limited capacity." Check their website: SmartChurchSolutions.com
From the CCCC's: COVID-19: A Call to Include Religious Organizations in Re-Opening Plan
CCCC, Christian Legal Fellowship and The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, have written a joint letter to Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford, calling for religious organizations to be part of that province’s re-opening plan.
To read the full blog visit: COVID-19: A Call to Include Religious Organizations in Re-Opening Plan
To view the letter sent to Ontario Government: Letter to Premier Ford
Three Phases of COVID-19 for Churches
Phase 2 Doing Ministry with Limited Gatherings
The slides below outline key issues for churches to think about as we move towards the second phase of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Planning for Post-Covid-19 Ministry.”
The next steps of planning post-Covid-19 can be daunting. We have 4 great resources which will help as you begin the journey to re-opening your church.
1. Notes from the recent “Blank Slate” webinar by Thom & Sam Rainer, listing eight steps for post-Covid-19 ministry
2. “The Marathon Strategy" from Kevin Presseault at Greenbelt Church in Ottawa - This document shows how one FEB Central church is planning for ministry Post-Covid-19.
3. “What Comes Next…” FB Post from Deven MacDonald at Summerside Church in London. Deven asks some great questions and outlines plans for Summerside.
4. A few additional thoughts by Tim Strickland