I've heard of councils struggling with the question of how and when to re-open. Sadly, I've also heard of this issue causing pain and division.
I work for the CRC as 'web guy'. But that doesn't mean I'm a coder (others are way better at that than me). I'm first and foremost a communicator, so what I love to do is look for ways we can better communicate as a denomination using technology. I get to listen for ideas that are out there, come up with a few of my own, and help them become reality. Examples include the Network website and the Digital Library. I also connect with the web/communications people for each of the CRC ministries. So if you have ideas for how we can better communicate using technology you can feel free to route suggestions through me. We WANT those ideas. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba - go, Jets - but now live in Grand Rapids, MI (much to my surprise!). My wonderful wife is a CRC chaplain and we have three kids that keep us plenty busy.
Great news - Google for Non-Profits is now available in Canada!
Right at this moment, four people are using the 'Church Finder' on crcna.org. And what churches are they looking for? Yours.
This week the CRC launched a new experiment in crowdfunding. Is this the way we should do denominational publishing?
I’m thrilled to welcome Staci DeVries as The Network’s new Community Manager. In this half-time position, Staci is here for YOU - the members of this Network community. Here’s a brief interview with Staci so you can get to know her and her role better.
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Another tip...whatever online giving solution you choose, make sure it integrates with your church management system (or could be integrated in the future if you don't yet have a church management...posted on: Online Giving Options for Churches
More news stories are appearing about churches that caused COVID-19 spread. Today the CDC issued this detailed study of one such incident:
High COVID-19 Attack Rate Among Attendees at...
Just Because the Economy is Reopening Doesn't Mean Churches Should (from The Banner)
From Restrictions to Precautions: A Classis Letter On Churches Gathering Again (from Classis Georgetown)
I can imagine a lot of issues with that approach, and real potential for hurt relationships and harm to health. Do we pass the offering plate? Do we invite the kids up for the blessing? Will...
Thanks for sharing that helpful perspective, Ken. For many like you, at-home is the way they normally experience worship. So important for us to remember that!
I've really enjoyed my church...
This was shared with a group of pastors last week. I particularly like the first section of 'values that will guide our decision-making'. Seems wise to name and agree on some values first.
Two more resources:
When Your Church Reopens, Here’s How to Meet Safely (from Christianity Today)
24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return (from Ken Braddy,...
Wow, there's a lot of good stuff in there that I hadn't even thought about. Like singing being a risky activity! Makes sense, though.
Someone just drew my attention to this article, also...
Thanks, John. Great idea to share examples and compare notes.
In my own church, all the service participants video record their segments on their phone/laptop (worship leader, prayer,...posted on: Live Streaming / Virtual Service Examples