Online Resources: Keeping Your Ministry Connected
As many of us move to digital models to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, GBHEM is here with the resources and tools you need to keep your daily ministries connected. On this E-Resources page, we’ll offer live online training opportunities, recorded webinars, downloadable ministry resources, videos, answers to frequently asked questions and more. This is an evolving page and we will update it frequently with new digital content to help you on your called journey.
Remember to check back regularly for answers to new questions and to access updated content!
Right now, we are getting things started with the following resources:
Does End-of-Life Ministry Need to be In-Person? Join us August 19 @ 11:00AM for Part II of Coronavirus at the Crossroads of Faith and Science. Learn more.
Leading in Crisis: Keeping the mission alive
How do we keep our mission alive right now? How do we drive engagement and dialogues with our community? How do we witness the Good News when today’s news seems so bleak?
Part III of our “Leading in Crisis” series discussed how to keep your mission alive at a time when you might be struggling just to keep your lights on. Panelists included Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Rev. Dr. Douglas F. Powe, Jr., and Rev. Ted Henry.
Leading in Crisis: Setting next steps when your feet are weary
Our clergy and lay leaders are facing serious risks for burnout and exhaustion right now. As we confront the twin pandemics of coronavirus and systemic racism, it may be difficult to discern the right path forward for your ministry.
Part II of GBHEM’s “Leading in Crisis” series focused on “Setting next steps when your feet are weary.” We discussed this with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, author Susan Beaumont and Rev. DJ del Rosario.
A GBHEM Virtual Book Club Event
GBHEM hosted its first virtual book club with Bonnie Marden, author of “Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices for Faithful Stewardship,” on Thursday July 9 at 11 a.m. CDT.
Marden addressed important issues like:
- The positive impact of talking about money—even during a pandemic
- Setting up and promoting online giving
- Surprising areas for funding opportunities
- Handling budget shortfalls and changes in staffing
“Leading in Crisis” e-panel discussion with Bishop Grant Hagiya of the California-Pacific Conference and Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference.
The virtual event was broadcasted live on Facebook and Youtube, Wednesday June 17th and the discussion topic was, “Feeling like you didn’t sign up for this, and other pastoral realities of 2020.”
Frequently Asked Questions: Shaping Your Mission and Ministry in the Age of Coronavirus
Many of our GBHEM authors have research or words of wisdom that can help during trying times. We’ve curated the list of books below to help you tackle new issues you may be facing as a result of the coronavirus. The crisis is unique, but there are enduring lessons of faith, leadership and morality that can guide us all right now.
“Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World” by D. Stephen Long
In times of confusion and chaos, our moral obligation to the truth is more important than ever. Long, a noted ethics professor at Perkins School of Theology, discusses the role of faith leaders not only in spreading truth, but in specifically refuting falsehoods. This engrossing book draws on the Biblical basis for setting truth as the foundation of free societies. “Truth Telling in a Post-Truth World” reminds all of us how to witness to the truth and share it as a beacon of hope.
“Praying with the Wesleys: Foundations of Methodist Spirituality” by John R. Tyson
Praying with intention and discipline can help us all to cope with the challenges we are facing. This richly illustrated book includes prayers, hymns, and reflective writings from John, Charles and Susanna Wesley. It examines the roots, impact and trajectories of early Methodist spirituality, in hopes that this exploration will help us chart a new course for the “people called Methodists” as we sail the rough seas of our time.
“Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition” by Kenneth L. Carder and Laceye C. Warner
Now is a time for leaders to boldly step forward. Designed specifically for Christian leaders and teachers, this book delves into Wesleyan scholarship to guide readers into effective contemporary leadership from a solidly Wesleyan perspective. A revised edition, it expands the content of the first edition and includes more illustrations and models of leadership formed and empowered by grace. Greater attention is given to leadership practiced by congregations and institutions as well as by individuals.
“Attend to Stories: How to Flourish in Ministry” by Karen D. Scheib
During times of crisis, we must all find ways to fortify against burnout. Scheib’s book offers a strategic method for rekindling your passion and reinvigorating your ministry as you help others. She explains that in order to experience a new sense of freedom in caring for others, we need to help them attend to their story and connect their story with others and God. To do so this effectively, we must be willing to revisit our own story.
“A Wesleyan Theology of the Eucharist: The Presence of God for Christian Life and Ministry” edited by Jason E. Vickers
In confronting a “new normal” for life and ministry, now may be a good time to learn more the roots and evolution of Wesleyan theology. “A Wesleyan Theology of the Eucharist” is a thorough reference for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the practice of Holy Communion. This book brings together scholars who seek to recover the importance of Holy Communion for theology and ministry.
“Discover, Claim, and Flourish: Reflecting on Your Leadership Journey” edited by Charles “Ray” R. Bailey
Many leaders are changing their approach and adjusting to new forms of leadership in a time of social distancing. This fully illustrated resource combines winning leadership concepts and insightful scriptural meditations in a daily journal designed to help leaders pause and reflect on their path forward. It offers relevant scripture passages, inspirational stories, insightful information, expert advice and generous space for journaling. Use it to develop and construct your vision to lead right now.
“Listen. Discern. Respond.” By Dale Carl Fredrickson
Are you discerning a call to ministry? Are you trying to decide your next steps right now? “Listen. Discern. Respond.” can help. This interactive journal is a guide to answering God’s invitation. Created as part of the Young Clergy Initiative, it offers more than 80 unique, thought-provoking exercises to help you uncover what your purpose might be. Use it to sketch, pray, color, sing, ponder, question and more.
“From Lament to Advocacy: Black Religious Education as Public Ministry” By Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, Nathaniel D. West, Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, General Editors
Shows the clear connection between justice and religious education in the Black experience. The resource sets forth the cultural imperatives of ministry and the contextual nature of a public theology of religious education that connects faith formation and action in addressing profoundly difficult, unjust, and wounding experiences of Black people in society.