Leading Church Through Phase 3 in Scotland (Webinar)
The focus of this Leadership in Lockdown webinar is to look at how churches in Scotland have fared over the past six months.
Paul Rees, pastor at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh, opens with a reflection from God's word, before FIEC's Scotland and the North of England Director Andy Hunter goes through a survey of Scottish churches conducted over the past six months. This is followed by three church leaders in Scotland who share the experiences and plans at their churches and the leadership challenges faced:
- Greig Ferguson, Yoker Evangelical Church, Glasgow;
- Peter Fullerton, Refuge Church, Glasgow;
- Alan McKnight, Harper Church, Glasgow.
00:00 - Bible teaching: Psalm 130 (Paul Rees);
08:41 - Churches in Lockdown Survey (Andy Hunter);
25:39 - Church feedback (Greig Ferguson, Peter Fullerton);
34:42 - Leadership challenges (Alan McKnight);
46:26 - Q&A
- How do we encourage those to come back to church who are choosing 'pyjama church' instead?
- Where are you expecting the Government in Scotland to go next with the coronavirus restrictions?
Key comments (on Scottish church survey)
- Almost all churches have been offering some sort of online ministry during lockdown (those that couldn't pointed congregations to churches that could);
- Whilst many churches had online prayer meetings and home groups, only 40% could offer youth activities;
- 52% of churches had an increase in direct contact with their congregations during lockdown;
- 43% of churches are yet to restart physical gatherings;
- 61% of churches that are meeting physically again are not able to have the full capacity of congregation due to the cap of 50 in attendance;
- The majority of churches have kept stable finances during lockdown;
- 2/3 churches found the restrictions excessive but still needed to be followed;
- Many churches have arranged evangelism online;
- 23% feel more optimistic about the future now compared to before lockdown but 25% feel more fearful.
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