4 Helpful Resources for Church Leaders Right Now

by May 28, 2020

Each and every one of us have found ourselves in a place we never thought we would have. A place none of us could have adequately prepared for. The leadership landscape has shifted dramatically and it’s important to continue learning and growing as we lead through this crisis. 

Today, I wanted to share some resources I have found to be helpful during this time. 

How To Lead Through Crisis by Carey Nieuwhof

If you haven’t been following Carey, you need to! He is a powerhouse of current resources to help you lead your best. His podcast and blog are always filled with helpful, insightful information for leading through any season. 

Carey has a number of online courses but recently released one specifically designed for leading through crisis and it’s completely free. He covers topics like making better-informed decisions, using crisis as an opportunity for innovation, and learning to care for yourself. I highly recommend it!

7 Shifts Churches Need to Make Because of the Coronavirus by Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan, the author of The Unstuck Church (great book), recently released a podcast and accompanying blog post about changes he foresees that churches need to make in response to COVID-19. I found his suggestions to be very insightful and helpful for planning what’s next in our church. Here are his seven suggestions:

  1. From analog to digital.
  2. From teaching to equipping.
  3. From gathering to connecting.
  4. From global to local.
  5. From overspending to generosity. 
  6. From complexity to simplicity.
  7. From counting attendees to engagement. 

I encourage you to listen to the episode as he expands on all of these points!

How to Work From Home: 20 Tips From People Who Do It Successfully by HubSpot

Many of us are now working from home who otherwise would be going into the office every day. It can be a big adjustment. I recently read this article and taught through many of the points with our staff and it has proven to be very helpful. Here are some of my top tips from the post:

  • Get started early. 
  • Structure your day like you would in the office. 
  • Commit to doing more. 
  • Plan out what you will be working on ahead of time.
  • Take clear breaks. 

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland 

We implemented this workflow in our media team several months ago and it has been wildly successful. Our team has been able to be more focused and produce more content while increasing accountability with each other. 

When COVID-19 became more prevalent in our area and staff members began working from home, I taught every team the Scrum system and it has translated very well into the remote workspace. Trello, a project management app, has been very helpful within the system as well. 

If you’re looking for a workflow system in your teams, you definitely have to read this book!

What resources have really helped you to lead in this crisis? Leave them down below.

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