Resourcing Vibrant & Healthy Churches In Pandemic / Endemic Times

Resourcing Vibrant & Healthy Churches In Pandemic / Endemic Times

 

The Pandemic has changed how we do church and what it means to be relevant to the community.

The most keenly felt impact is the dissolution of our regular corporate gatherings which are focal point of our church life. Our connection is also challenged as not all welcome the pivot to an online experience. At the same time, many members are facing personal life challenges arising from employment, isolation and the sheer volume of information.

Even in a post-Pandemic / Endemic landscape, things will not be the same. Services and meetings in hybrid situations, going through possible lockdowns, and fears that dissuade members and visitors from attending will be issues faced for sometime to come.

All of these strike at the heart of our calling to reach out as we may not even have the capacity to consider how we can now conduct discipleship, outreach and evangelism.

But in fact, there was a time in the history of the Church that much of what we experienced occurred: they could not hold large gathering sand many lost their livelihoods. That was when the church, was suffering, not from a Pandemic, but from Persecution.

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria… Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. (Acts 8:1, 4)

This is, curiously, an “Acts 8-1,1-8 dynamic”: where the church, instead of being cowered or defeated, remained vibrant and resilient, and became an overcoming witness in times of struggle – as described in Acts 8:1, because of what had happened earlier in Acts 1:8-

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Now is the time when God’s church needs the power of the Holy Spirit to rise to be witnesses and be a beacon of hope.

Even through the Pandemic, the mission and calling of each church remains unchanged. Thus, these indicators of church-vibrancy hold true:

  • A Process of engaging, shaping & discipling people: WATER (Win-Assimilate-Teach-Equip-Release)
  • A People who are:
    • Overcomers in mindset
    • Engaged and anchored by a church-family,
    • Committed to sustained community whether online or onsite,
    • Able to sacrificially steward their Time, Talent and Treasure,
    • Passionate to seek out ways to reach out to pre-believing loved ones through online or onsite means,
    • Purposeful in their life-season and vocation

ChurchLife Resources seeks to help churches disciple people well, reach out and keep ministry momentum through this Pandemic / Endemic times.

Let us partner with you to sustain this momentum through our strategies and programs!

 

OUR ARENAS: DEVELOPING DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THE LEADERSHIP TREE

Pastoral & Board / Council Leaders

Direct in the God-given mission of the church to grow through outreach & disciple-making. Safeguarding organizationally and financially according to the laws of the land.

  • Coaching Board members to understand and unite on the Pastors’ and Board’s roles
  • Recruiting new potentials into Core-Teams to mentor and invite to observe in Board proceedings
  • Doing and growing together in a Pastoral-Board project

 

Overseers / Zone Leaders / Ministry OIC

Give shepherding oversight, mentor and coach leaders of small groups & ministries, and acts as a bridging step towards growing board members and pastors

  • Inviting key SG/Min leaders with established ministries into a Core-Team
  • Mentoring Core Teams, learning about ministry health and mentoring-coaching skills
  • Model prayer and pastoral care for leaders
  • Assign 1-2 groups/ministries for the Core-Team to oversee together

 

Shepherd Leaders: Small Group Leaders / Project & Ministry Leaders

Support and enable development of fruits, play a pastoral & mobilization role, critical as a leadership-base to growth of upper parts of the tree

  • Coaching leaders to recruit Core-Teams
  • Equipping SG/Min leaders with Core-Teams Together
  • Build a mentoring environment and coach “on-the-job” in the ministry

 

Core & Active Members of the Congregation

Active members who express their commitment to the church through serving, encouragement and participation.

  • Stirring Hearts through a Revivalistic Culture
  • Building a balanced discipleship process based on the Bible — Core PRODUCT
  • Developing holistic programs that support the discipleship — Core PROGRAM
  • Developing curriculum that help members journey through Winning, Assimilation, Teaching, Equipping and Release for ministry — Core PROCESS

Leadership Development

Leadership Development in The Post-Pandemic Era

One of the biggest challenges facing the church today is that of growing a leader.

It is a critical task that requires a long runway, as these quotations reveal:

 “When God wants to make a mushroom, He takes six hours.  When He wants to make an oak tree, He takes sixty years”.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

An active leadership development journey prepares your church for the future and adds encouragement to the present.

Our leadership development track will help you answer these questions:

  • How can my church have enough Small Group / Ministry Leaders?
  • How can my church have sufficient quality people to groom to be Board / Pastoral Leaders?
  • How can my church have a designate ready to succeed the Senior Pastor?

In our in-depth experience over the last decade, we see a crying need for churches to have a robust system to raise up a new a generation of leaders as the older ones pass the baton.

Such a system is akin to a strong tree, an oak of righteousness that can stabilise the church and bears lasting fruit.

Our Leadership Tree track is an organic and developmental pathway of resources that groom leaders at every level.

If you would like to know more about this concept, you can watch our 3 min introduction video to The Leadership Tree Series!

Churchlife Resources does more than just train or teach. We are passionate in diagnosing, customizing and coaching you to implement journeys that grow leaders over a season.

This approach will see you develop leaders is the various areas of the church so that there is a unity to the development. Instead of silos of sporadic growth, our resources to help you develop your leaders are tied to this tree that God desires to grow in your church!

With intentionality and focus, every church can begin growing the leadership tree.

OUR APPROACH:  COACHING CORE-TEAMS

We believe in coaching leaders to multiply themselves by raising others to serve in ministry.

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)

“Churchlife Resources does more than just train or teach. We are passionate in diagnosing, customizing and coaching you to implement journeys that grow leaders over a season.”

Our method in building Core-Teams:

  • Partnering with current leaders to embark on the journey
  • Guiding the recruitment-calling process
  • Building a mentoring culture
  • Training for a level of leadership one-level lower to cast a wider net
  • Raising leaders “on-the-job” in ministry
  • Calling & appointing those who are suitable

OUR ARENAS: DEVELOPING DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THE LEADERSHIP TREE


Click to view our Products for developing the various levels:

Pastoral & Board / Council Leaders

Provide direction in the God-given mission of the church, through prayer, the word and evangelism thereby growing the church through outreach & disciple-making. In addition, the Board safeguards the church organizationally and financially by adhering to the laws of the land.

Overseers / Zone Leaders / Ministry OIC

Give shepherding oversight, mentor and coach leaders of small groups & ministries, and acts as a bridging step towards growing board members and pastors


Shepherd Leaders: Small Group Leaders /
Project & Ministry Leaders

Support and enable development of fruits, play a pastoral & mobilization role, critical as a leadership-base to growth of upper parts of the tree



Core & Active Members of the Congregation

Active members who express their commitment to the church through serving, encouragement and participation.

Leaders Learning-Lab

WHAT’S WRONG WITH OUR SMALL GROUPS IN THIS POST-PANDEMIC SEASON?

and the implications for the future of Small Groups…

WHAT’S WRONG WITH OUR SMALL GROUPS IN THIS POST-PANDEMIC SEASON?

What the Pandemic revealed was wrong with our Small Groups…

      …how can we have vibrant, authentic community through Small Group (SG) programming?

      …how can our children connect with others & experience discipleship growth be it online or onsite?  

      …how can we serve the surrounding community, especially in difficult times in our nation?

      …how can we reach out to those who have left our church?

These were some of the yearnings & “Small Group user-experience feedback” that were drawn from focus-group studies conducted by ChurchLife Resources (CLR) of a church’s various people / age-groups in a church project during Pandemic times. They reveal the cracks in many of our Small Group ministries today.

What are the implications for the future of SGs?

IN THIS COMING L3, WE WILL
  • Examine what Pandemic revealed as weaknesses of our SGs
  • Introduce to CLR models for strengthening SGs for PPNN: core-teams, curriculum ideas, micro-groups, decentralization
  • Share / listen, apply core principles to your current SG model (40min facilitated breakout)

Date: 3 Nov 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 7:45pm – 10:15pm via Zoom

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Registration will close when capacity of trained CLR facilitators limit have been reached.

For enquiries, email admin@churchlife-resources.org.

CLR has 15 years of experience in helping churches build healthier & stronger SGs, especially in the Pre-During-Post Pandemic Times. It’s our hope for you to build up your SGs, be courageous to adjust your approach! Grow them from lessons learnt, and you will build up a SG-people that is Pandemic-proof and even Persecution-proof!

Leaders’ Learning-Lab (L3) is hosted by ChurchLife Resources’ Rev. Dr. Philip Huan & his team to sharpen your leadership aptitude as a pastoral / lay leader with a series of quarterly online learning sessions covering topics such as:

  • Understanding Church Health Pillars, Platforms & Programs
  • Sustaining Evangelism Momentum in Church
  • Sharpening the Discipleship Framework of your Church
  • Building Vibrant Small Groups, & others...

The 2-hour zooms sessions include video-learning, sharing of diagnostic frameworks, and breakouts labs to apply principles to your own church/ministry situation.

You can attend as a group of pastors / staff / elders / leaders to grow together for maximum benefit. Individual pastors may make this your continuing development journey.

Customize your learning-lab through 3 options:

i. Awareness, Understanding & Reflection (self-learning lab)

ii. Spar & listen with pastoral leaders in similar situations (peer-learning lab)*

iii. Application to your local church ministry scenario (application-learning lab)

*subject to sufficient participants of similar ministry-stage

Hear what our past participants have to say about L3

“Dr Philip’s written illustration gives a fresh view as the explanation is given. The provision for questions in the chat with answer in the chat by a panelist as well as ‘live’ answers is very helpful and enriching too. Big thank you.”

“The systematic breakdown of the 3 Ps and how they interact is a helpful tool for church leadership and members to discuss, comment and contribute inputs to the elements of church life to them. For church leaders it is also a useful tool for evaluating and building the structures that support and lead the church.”

“The resources were well prepared, as assessment tools they are helpful. Kudos to the CLR team for managing the Zoom session well, including the breakouts and the polls.”