Covid Conversation Summaries

9-21-2021 Covid Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • COVID Check-in​
  • 5 Ways to Preach about Money More Effectively​

 

9-14-2021 Covid Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Our structure emphasizes the role of pastor, the New Testament – not so much​
  • The Pastoral Prime Mandate​
    • Equipping People​
    • Sharing the Leadership of the Church​
  • Pastors Convocation this week

 

9-7-2021 Covid Conversation

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  • COVID Love Note
    • Good News
    • Bad News
    • For the Love of God…
  • 20th Anniversary of 9/11/2001
    • Worship Plans
    • Other Observations
  • Shared Lament

 

8-31-2021 Covid Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • COVID Check in​
  • 7 Deadly Sins of Church Social Media

 

8-24-2021 Covid Conversation

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  • Planning for Keepers After the Pandemic
    12 things Churches Changed During COVID That They are Keeping After COVID
    • To Stream or Not
    • Zoom Prayer and Study
    • Small Group Ministry
    • Staffing Shifts

 

8-17-2021 Covid Conversation

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  • Oh Florida! “How can this get worse?”
  • Worried About Worship?
  • What a World!  Haiti and Afghanistan

 

8-10-2021 Covid Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Up to 12 Things Churches Changed During COVID That They are Keeping After COVID – Part One

 

8-3-2021 Covid Conversation

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  • NY Times: More Covid Mysteries
  • Not in Control
  • “Much, much milder”
  • “Rip Through”
  • No need for nihilism

 

7-27-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • COVID, the Resurgence
  • Change Theory, a reminder
  • Technical vs. Adaptive
    • The Big Church Leadership Mistake of 2021 (That You Can Still Avoid)
7-20-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • The Great Virtuality – Chip Hardwick​
  • Post-Pandemic Church​
    • A Longer Perspective​
    • Alone Together – Sherry Turkle​
  • Opportunities​
  • Challenges​
  • Questions this Prompts for the Church
7-13-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Billionaire Priorities
  • Congregational Priorities – Clarity of Identity
  • COVID – Rheostat
  • Church Tensions
7-6-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Surfside Update
  • COVID – “I’m Still Here.”
  • 8 Habits Part 2
    • Justice
    • Teaching
    • Fellowship
    • Generosity
6-29-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Trauma – Surfside Catastrophe
6-15-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Optimizing Check-in
  • Entrepreneurial Pastors/Leaders
    • Basic Agreements
    • Seven Ways Pastors (Leaders) Should Think Like an Entrepreneur
6-8-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Leadership During and After the Pandemic
  • Risk Management
  • Risk Taking
  • Characteristics of Risk-Taking Leadership
  • Out of the Comfort Zone: 5 Pushes
6-1-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Pandemic Matrix​
  • Opening and Optimizing​
  • Going Back vs Going Forward​
  • Hurricane Kit​
    • Tax free until June 
5-25-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Church as Organization
  • Church as Movement
  • Gen Z – Yep, Those Young People
    • You Might Be Ignoring Them Inadvertently 
5-18-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Mask Confusion
    • CDC
    • Vaccination Requirements
  • Bombing and Terror
  • Towards a Definition
  • On Pentecost
5-11-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • COVID, In-person Worship and Stalling Vaccine Numbers​
  • Consumers at the Buffet
5-4-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Of Mandates and Masks
    • CDC
    • Just to be different, Florida
    • Churches and Clarity of Communication
  • Boundaries, Boundaries
  • Mandated Training
  • Asking Questions that Make for Dialogue
4-27-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • The BLAH You’re Feeling
  • Numb to the Numbers​
  • “Leaving On a Jet Plane”​
  • Walk To It
4-20-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Vaccine Requirements – Delta, Delta
  • Health Crisis beyond COVID-19
  • What to do with the Anger
  • Business Lunch & Family Dinner
4-13-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Turn It to the Positive Side
    • Signs of Church Revitalization
  • Condition of the Core
  • Church Resurrections
  • “The Great Reshuffling”
  • It’s All About the Neighborhood
4-6-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • The Word of God for the People of God​
    • In the locked room​
  • For fear of our own people​
  • Peace on this side of the Covid Curve​
  • Sent into this World​
  • The shape of a decade
3-30-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • This could be the hardest period for pastors and church leaders
    • On the way to Jerusalem
  • After “a year of no hugs and unchanging surroundings”
  • Issues on the way…
  • Leaving it there…
  • On the way … Together
3-23-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Post-Pandemic Church Predictions
    • Competition​
    • Counting​
    • Cornerstones​
    • Conspiracy​
    • Carnal Incarnation​
    • Consciousness
3-16-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Dr. Lisa Allgood Update
  • Post Half-Time realities – The Rules of the Game Change
  • Percolating hostility (in the church of all places!)
  • Empathy as Emotional Intelligence and COVID Skill
  • Social Skills as Emotional Intelligence and COVID Skill
3-9-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • COVID-19: Vaccination Employment Issues
  • Playing the Game vs In the Game: Self-Awareness
  • First Quarter: Self-Regulation
  • Second Quarter: Motivation
3-2-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • A YEAR of COVID
  • Electronic Meetings
  • Reconciliation Conversations
2-23-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Holy Week & Easter
  • Here We Go Again – Great Ideas
    • Holy Week
    • Easter
  • Replacements & Substitutions
  • Now With Longer Perspective​
2-16-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • COVID-19
    • Variants
    • Double Masking
  • The Lenten Journey
    • As Congregations
    • As the Presbytery
  • Prayer and the Lenten Journey
2-9-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • COVIDACTNOW.org
  • Nieuwhof Disruptive Trends that will Rule 2021
    • Growing Churches Will Shift from Gathering to Connecting
    • Growing Churches Will See the Internet and Buildings Differently
    • Generational Differences – Clearer Than Ever
  • Content vs Community/Connection
    • Balance
    • When to ramp up? When to pull back?
2-2-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • It’s Groundhog Day
  • What is the status of Faith in the US
    • Pew research
    • Resonances
  • Superbowl of Church life in COVID
    • Quarterbacking the Church
    • Long-term experience vs. Young experimentation
1-26-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • A Clarion Call for Unity
  • Unity in the Church
  • Congregational Unity
  • Unity and Core Principles for Vibrancy
1-19-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Oh, Covid-19 – A Firm Grasp
    • The virus
    • The vaccine
    • The vigilance
  • PPP#2 – Applications
  • Resilience in a time of assault
  • Prayerful Repose
1-12-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Oh, Covid-19 – “I’m still here.”
  • PPP Update (Since Last Week)
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021
  • Prayerful Response
  • Public Discourse and Ecclesiastical Discussion
  • What YOU say matters
1-5-2021 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • PPP Round 2
  • Ash Wednesday – Round 1
  • New Year: Stepping Boldly into the Future
12-15-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • PPP S Form
  • Year End: Housing Allowances, New 1099
  • Email: Phishing, Spam, Spoof
  • March/April Doomsday Predictions
  • Vaccine – Delivery and Ready to Give an Answer
  • Advent Love
12-8-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • PPP Loan Forgiveness
  • Session Records Review
  • First Line of Defense in a Pandemic
  • NIH Director on Doing the “Altruistic, Loving Thing”
  • December Tuesday Together Schedule
  • Joy 
12-1-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • To Thine Own Self Be True​
  • Congregational Leader as Emergency Service Personnel​
    • Thriving​
    • Surviving​
    • Struggling​
    • In Crisis​
  • Peace
11-24-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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COME TO THE TABLE
A Gather Around the Table OPEN Discussion using a guiding
question ​

  • The Narthex Table​
  • The Coffee Table​
  • The Communion Table​
  • The Kids Table​
  • The Kitchen Table​
  • The Conference Room Table​
  • The Fellowship Hall Table​
  • The Thanksgiving Table
11-17-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Here we go again—Positivity Rate Soars​
  • Recommendations of the Presbytery​
  • Recommendations of the Hive​
  • How time is “mushy right now”​
  • The Stories of Covid
11-10-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Tropical Storm – How did you fair?
  • Honest talk about what just happened here
  • Oh the Numbers – worst week yet with COVID cases
11-3-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Presbytery Assembly November 14
  • Boy Scouts Bankruptcy—what to do if a troop ever met in the church
  • In the face of tension and division – In the Church and beyond
  • Gayle King: “It’s no wonder a lot of people are on edge.”
  • Where we find ourselves – rising tensions
  • How we respond?
    • Foundational Understandings
    • Following the Lectionary – Joshua and Matthew
10-27-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Holy Days, Seasons, Festivals, and Holidays Idea Summit
    • October 27 at Tuesday Together
    • Exchange of Materials
  • What is the main thing/s to keep in mind & hold in heart
    • All Saints’ Day
    • Thanksgiving
    • Advent
    • Nativity/Christmas
10-20-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Holy Days, Seasons, Festivals, and Holidays Idea Summit
    • October 27 at Tuesday Together
    • Exchange of Materials
  • Reformation Sunday – On Change as the Way Forward
    • Reality check on return to Jerusalem
    • Enduring shifts posts COVID
  • Vibrant Together: Vital Worship – Workshop One Part 2
    • What are the Vital Signs
    • Taking the Pulse of our Worship
10-13-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • PPP Forgiveness application needs to be completed
    • Almost all churches qualify to do the EZ form
  • Vibrant Together: Vital Worship – Workshop One
    • What are the Vital Signs
    • Taking the Pulse of our Worship
10-6-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Applying Liminality to Tropical Florida and this “season”
  • Threats
    • Anxiety, Disorientation, Denial, Shifting Power Dynamics, The Emergence of Tricksters
  • What Great Listeners Actually Do
  • PTF churches: Rates for Re-Starting In-Person
9-29-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • DeSantis and the News Headlines
  • Implications for Churches and Resuming In-Person gatherings
  • What of grenades like “hoax” and “socialism”
  • When the fence is down…
  • Applying Liminality to Tropical Florida and this “season”
9-22-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Applying Liminality to Tropical Florida and this “season”
  • Opportunities
    • Communitas, Innovation, Rediscovery of Core, Cultivating Collective Wisdom
  • The Discernment of Ezra
9-15-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Purposeful Action during COVID-19
    • Fostering Experiments
    • Embracing Failure
    • Replacing Repetition with Iteration
    • Naming What is Arising
    • Waiting for Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity
9-8-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Remote Community Building 
    • Strengths, Assets, Resilience
  • Leadership Twists
    • The Absence of Feedback
    • Remote Availability Weariness
    • Lugging Along Everyone’s Baggage
  • Skills Building – Discovering a Sermon with Craig Dykstra
9-8-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Remote Community Building 
    • Strengths, Assets, Resilience
  • Leadership Twists
    • The Absence of Feedback
    • Remote Availability Weariness
    • Lugging Along Everyone’s Baggage
  • Skills Building – Discovering a Sermon with Craig Dykstra
9-1-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Vibrant Together Grants
    • Request for Proposals (see below)
    • Focus on Disciple Making and Vital Worship
  • Looking at the world (COVID and the CHURCH) from 4 views
    • Structural Frame – Rational
    • Human Resource Frame – People
    • Political Frame – Conflict
    • Symbolic Frame – Meaning
8-25-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • PCUSA- Black Lives Matter Week of Action​
  • COVID-19…INTERVIEW WITH LISA ALLGOOD – WOWZERS!
    • Long-term Effects on the Body
    • Reality of Wide Use of a Vaccine
    • Turn the AC Off Before People Get in the Room
    • No Singing
8-25-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • PCUSA- Black Lives Matter Week of Action​
  • COVID-19…INTERVIEW WITH LISA ALLGOOD – WOWZERS!
    • Long-term Effects on the Body
    • Reality of Wide Use of a Vaccine
    • Turn the AC Off Before People Get in the Room
    • No Singing
8-18-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • PCUSA- Black Lives Matter Week of Action​
  • What’s Brewing Out in the Atlantic​
  • Cleaning House​
  • The Nature of the Prayer of Confession​
  • Saturday’s Assembly
8-11-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Blurred Lines between the Personal and Pulpit
  • Social Media – It’s the Prince/It’s the Pits
  • Social Media – My Page/The Church Page
  • Social Media – Your Brand First; Your Content Second
  • Political Tensions Amplified
  • Personal Relationships Online:  Digital Distancing & Immediate Intimacy
8-4-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • One down…how many to go?  Isaias
  • Its AUGUST – A longer view of 2020
  • What about budgets, forecasting, and stewardship
  • Program modifications
  • Pastor’s Convocation Registration
  • August Assembly 
7-28-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • How to shape a Christian Education program for the fall
  • Taking your CE program online
  • Sunday School
  • Bible Study for Adults – what is being done currently
    • Learning from each other
  • Book Study Groups
  • When Small Group ministry goes online
    • Study
    • Fellowship
    • New groups
7-21-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Numbers are out of this world​
  • Close it down or open it up​
  • How to make people feel safer in such a volatile environment:​
    • Helps from the wider culture​
    • Prompts from the church​
    • Spiritual practices​
      • What are the apt spiritual practices in this moment?​
      • What menu items are being offered by your church?
7-14-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • An introduction to the next markers on the Ministry Map
  • Congregational meetings & Electing officers
  • Examining & Training officers
  • Ordaining and Installing officers
  • Receiving members and public recognition
  • Baptisms
  • PLUS – What to do when someone at church/school is exposed to COVID-19
7-7-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Reading the tea leaves
  • Reflections on where you and your church are
  • Re-imagining (no, we are not talking about that conference)
  • Re-thinking the time-table
  • Re-contextualization—a reworking of the Sitz-im-Leben as the exiles return
6-30-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • General Assembly – From Lament to Hope
  • Financial Items – The Latest and Greatest
  • Hurricane Prep Planning
  • Fall Planning – Including August Assembly
  • Pastors Convocation
6-23-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • 224 General Assembly Update
  • Next Frontier – 10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak
6-16-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • PPP Flexibility Act (8 Changes)
  • Office Life – Reopening Offices to Administrative Staff
  • How Do We Support Our Staff
  • And…the Numbers (Are Going Up)
  • Session: Action & Voting Alignment
  • Property Use
6-9-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Leave Time
  • For Such a Time as This – Matthew 25 (Racial Justice Resource)
  • “Do Me a Favor, Open the Door and Let ’em In”
  • What’s the 411 About the New Sunday Morning
6-2-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Level 4 Matrix – Opening and Optimizing
  • This is a Disruption and Not an Interruption
    • Church
    • Systemic Racism
    • Vocational Identity
5-26-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Payment Protection Plan (PPP) – Updates on Loan Forgiveness
  • COVID-19 Through the Lens of Community Trauma and the Change it is Fostering
  • Resources for Processing Trauma
5-19-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • The Confliction of Perceptions and Voices Around COVID-19
    • In My Neighborhood
    • In My Church
    • In My Theological Reflection
5-12-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Re-Opening and Resuming Discussion Tools
  • Financial Resources
  • Vibrant Christ-Centered Communities…Have Spiritual Depth
  • The Focused Picture of Mapping the Way forward
    • Spiritual Depth
5-5-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Re-Opening and Resuming Plans
  • The Focused Picture of Mapping the Way Forward
    • Reconciliation
    • Clarity of Identity
4-28-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • It is May!…Re-Open?  How About Now?
  • Vital Worship – The Focus Picture of Mapping the Way Forward
4-21-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • The Front-Line Picture on the Re-Opening Phase
4-14-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Time for Some Structure Around the Chaotic?
  • Adaptive vs. Technical Work – Ron Heifetz
  • Holy Week During the Pandemic
  • Technology – Yikes! I Need Help
4-7-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

PDF FileTopics:

  • Checking in with Each Other
  • Open Questions on Finance and Stewardship
  • Holy Week During the Pandemic
3-31-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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  • Session Mindfulness (And Leader Mindfulness)
  • Where is Your Anxiety or What is this Time Like for You?
  • Stewardship, Finances, Loans
  • Sacraments and Holy Week
3-24-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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Topics:

  • Worship Innovations
  • Ministry Matters – Connections, Connections, Connections
3-17-2020 Covid-19 Conversation

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Pandemic Preparation Matrix

  • Monitoring and Modifying
  • Determining and Distancing
  • Closing and Cancelling
  • Opening and Optimizing

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