From "Resource Connections", May 7, 2020
As churches consider what life will be like as restrictions are gradually lifted, I wanted to share some of the resources I have found most helpful in considering the many aspects that need to be addressed. [click the blue underlined link to view the resource].
Please know that I am more than happy to meet with your session via Zoom if I can be of any help as you navigate these unprecedented times. ~David
• NYS Governor Coumo posts daily updates with helpful information and guidelines. A regional reopening plan with four phases was published recently but does not offer guidance specific to churches.
• The Wisconsin Council of Churches
has the best summary of guidelines currently available specific to churches. Most folks I am reading reference this and it offers very practical suggestions for getting back into our buildings.
• A colleague from Albany Presbytery
created an excellent summary of next steps/phases for churches.
• Rev. Leonard Sponaugle, Transitional Pastor at First PC Watertown shared this helpful link from Tom Bandy, an internationally recognized church consultant and coach whose perspective is very helpful. I highly recommend subscribing to his "Ministry Matters" e-newsletter and following their FaceBook page where you can receive timely and helpful resources for ministry.
• Rev. Donna Frischknecht, editor of Presbyterian’s Today who also serves as a part time pastor to a small congregation on the eastern side of Lake George posted two wonderful pieces, one for Presbyterian's Today
, and the other on her personal blog "Accidental Country Pastor
• Finally, a post for those who have found ways to worship online, Rev. Rich Hong helps us think through the need to stay connected digitally when we transition back into sanctuaries
. This was article was published on the Presbyterian's Today Blog