Free Leadership Resources for Pastors Leading in a Season of CrisisPublished March 30, 2020
With the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the rise, pastors and church leaders are asking, what do I do next? Many are looking for guidance and direction to make the next best decision to protect, encourage and equip themselves, their families, their staff, their church members and their communities.
As our team has been engaging with our partners around the world, we’re starting to receive so many helpful resources. We’re also hearing incredible stories about how they are leading and living in this new reality. As we curate these stories and resources, we will be sharing them here on our website to continue to remind you and encourage you with what is happening throughout God’s Kingdom, even in the midst of uncertainty.
Here are just some of the resources we’ve received so far, with more to come!
Dr. Katurah York Cooper served as a pastor on the front lines of the Ebola Epidemic in Liberia. Find her excellent post 5 Leadership Tips from a Pastor Who Battled the Ebola Epidemic in Liberia here.
Joanna La Fleur is a church communications expert who helps churches implement digital evangelism and discipleship. Some ways to reach into her expertise are:
- In this great article: Best Practices for Crisis Communication
- Join the Church Communications Facebook Group where Joanna does a live show every Monday called The Reach and Teach Show in the church, where you can interact with others on how to do evangelism and digital discipleship.
- By connecting with Joanna directly to answer your specific questions. Email: email@example.com
Ed Stetzer, the executive director of the Billy Graham Center, along with Rick Warren, have recently created the website coronavirusandthechurch.com to serve as a hub for content related to this crisis. Some helpful resources on this site include:
- Christians, This is Our Moment: A Call to Clarity and Mission
- Preparing your Church for Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Step-by-Step, Researched-Informed and Faith-Based Planning Manual (Free)
- Ed Stetzer Leadership Podcast where he has already hosted multiple episodes on this topic
Pastor Max Lucado is offering free, open access to his five teaching videos in the Anxious for Nothing Bible Study to help people and groups riddled by anxiety in these turbulent times.
The Spire Network did a training on Discipling People Online. Watch it here.
Stadia Church Planting has set up a page Coronavirus & Online Church Resources that includes many helpful links and a video entitled Coronavirus: Inability to Meet with Jeff Reed.
Dr. Henry Cloud’s webinar on The Psychology of Crisis is available on-demand. He dives into how leaders can manage their own fears and uncertainties while also guiding their people through theirs. Henry provides practical and biblical encouragement for the Christian leaders who are courageously shepherding their communities in these uncertain times. For more information, click here.
Sound leadership in a season of crisis can help prepare us for a new reality, solve difficult problems and provide hope. Let’s persevere, together.
If you’re looking for additional resources to support you in your leadership, visit globalleadership.org/crisis-leadership/. We are honored to serve you during this season.
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