Leadership in Lockdown

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Lockdown Leadership That Cares For Women in Church & Ministry (Webinar)

A webinar, with Q&A, to explore the effect of lockdown on women in ministry in our churches, and how to properly care for and support them.


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The theme of this webinar is to look at how, as churches collectively, we can care for women who are key parts of our congregations.

The webinar is led by the FIEC's National Director John Stevens, and he is joined by the FIEC's Women's Coordinators: Elinor Magowan and Elisabeth Smyth.

00:00: Bible teaching - Apostolic Instruction for Church Leadership (John Stevens)

05:50: Government guidance update (John Stevens)

12:53: Challenges, benefits, opportunities, and conclusions for Ministry Wives (Elinor Magowan)

25:40: Pressures on Women's Workers and volunteers (Elisabeth Smyth)

39:08: Q&A

  • What are the things pastors are not thinking about for their women's workers?
  • How should we honour our wives as we move out of lockdown?
  • How can we take holidays well when we are thinking about reopening church buildings?
  • How can we best support women who are shielding when others are moving out of lockdown?

Key comments

  • Ministry wives have had many challenges through lockdown, including loss, personal struggles, and the complexities of church life;
  • Yet they have found blessings from these challenges
  • They are in need of a holiday, spiritual refreshment, and fellowship.
  • Pressures on women's workers in lockdown include isolation from church life, a feeling of invisibility, a lack of interaction, and the intensity of lockdown life.
  • Women's workers can be helped with good communication, confirmation and commendation of their service, and continuing friendships.

You can watch previous webinar and sign up for future webinars on the Leadership in Lockdown page.

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