Leadership During Lockdown in Deprived Communities (Webinar)

A panel discussion, with Q&A, to explore what leadership in lockdown looks like for churches in deprived communities.

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The subject of this webinar is to think about how the lockdown is affecting churches and ministries in deprived communities.

John Stevens is joined on a panel discussion by three FIEC pastors who are ministering in this context: Andy Constable (Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh), Ian Williamson (New Life Church, Middlesborough), and Steve Kneale (Oldham Bethel Church).

00:00 - Bible teaching from 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 on encouragement from the Macedonian church (John Stevens);

06:19 - Panel discussion on leadership during lockdown in deprived communities (John Stevens, Andy Constable, Ian Williamson, and Steve Kneale);

  • What are the particular challenges in your community as a result of the COVID-19 crisis?
  • What gospel opportunities have you had in your community as a result of the COVID-19 crisis?
  • As you look to the future, how do you think your church and ministry will change as a result of the COVID-19 crisis?
  • Are there any particular lessons you have learned about church leadership through your experience of this crisis?
  • The issue of race is very much in the news at the moment. How is this playing out in your community?
  • How could other FIEC churches best support you at this time?

31:47 - Q&A

  • Do you have plans to help those with mental health issues after lockdown?
  • How do you balance online and in-person ministry in the deprived communities that you are in?
  • Are you finding that people you meet on the street are open to the gospel?
  • What are the panels' views on rural deprivation as opposed to urban?

Key comments

  • The giving of the Macedonian church in 2 Corinthians 8 was generous, their model was the grace of Jesus, and their goal was not charity but equality;
  • Many in deprived communities are struggling most in lockdown because of the lack of social interaction with other people;
  • More gospel opportunities are being found through being "on the ground" - chatting to those on the street or in gardens - rather than online;
  • Those in deprived communities can relate to the oppression felt by the black community, however the language of privilege used in the recent debates and discussions on race has been difficult to relate to for white people in deprived communities;
  • Churches can support other churches serving in deprived communities by praying, giving financially, or by sending people to join in person.

You can find out more about future webinars and sign up to attend on our Leadership in Lockdown page.

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