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PART II: LEADERSHIP TOOLKIT

REGATHERING PART I

This is designed to be a practical companion tool to the SBTC’s resource “Regathering the Church.”

We aim to help pastors and church leaders think through ways to navigate this season of ministry with an eye on the next. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far-reaching, and in many ways we expect they will be long-lasting. We believe that every crisis presents opportunity. We pray the Lord will give you the grace to lead with confidence through this season, and into the next, whatever that may look like. 

This tool has been developed not to generalize answers, but to draw out contextual opportunities. You and your team are the experts in your context. Use this toolkit to think strategically through the opportunities in your ministry context today and tomorrow.

Read the Disclaimer

If, at any time, a church is subject to a legal public health order regarding meetings and gatherings of groups, the church should comply with the law.  It is not a violation of the First Amendment for a state or local government to include churches in generally applicable health regulations of the sort being issued in some jurisdictions around the country.

An intentional violation of law by a church could result in significant legal problems for the church, including the possible loss of liability insurance coverage.

Likewise, the “Guidance for Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis” issued by the Governor should be followed.  That guidance establishes minimumhealth protocols for churches.  These guidelines speak to safe practices for attendees and for employees and volunteers.

While these guidelines are “recommendations,” they may establish a legal standard of care under which a church will be measured if it comes to a question of whether a church exercised due care for the safety of persons gathering for church services and other events.

A church may conclude it should take precautions greater than those described in the Governor’s guidance.  A church should be concerned not only with protecting the health of those who attend a church function, but also the health of those who will later come into contact with those persons.

If a church deals with this health crisis as an opportunity to demonstrate that it practices its belief about love for one another, the church will likely be acting in a legally prudent manner.  But this requires that a church listen to health experts and be informed when it comes to safe practices.  A church wants to spread the Gospel, not spread a virus.

Regathering the Church Part II: Leadership Toolkit has in mind three things for the church leader:

MEETING CURRENT NEEDS

ASSESSING DEVELOPING TRENDS

PLANNING FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

sections

01

Weekly Worship Services

02

Spiritual Health

03

Mental & Emotional Health

04

Effective Communication with Church Members

05

Online Giving

06

Pastoral Care

07

Discipleship / Small Groups

08

Family Worship

09

Revising the Budget

10

Church Polity

11

Long-Range Planning

Weekly Tasks Checklist

other covid-19 resources

online worship

Learn how to get started or take the next step in streaming or videoing your church’s services.

finances/giving

Your church has the ability to give online at their fingertips.

helps for pastors

Tools, resources and encouragement for pastors.

evangelism

Resources ideas on how to continue to share the gospel online.

sunday school/small groups

Keep your church in fellowship together online through social media, video/audio calls and other creative ways.

family worship

Resources for your families to grow spiritually at home.

contact staff

Your SBTC staff is here for you! Please reach out to any one of us if you have a need or question in your church.

texan news

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