Today we had 47 pastors and leaders participate in our COVID-19 Crisis Preparation Webinar. It was great to see so many faces all gathered together in one virtual “room”! In case you missed it, or you were there but would like to see it again, you can watch the entire presentation
Here are a few takeaways:
- As leaders, we must understand the magnitude of the cultural shift that has taken place over the last few weeks. It is no longer enough to think that life will return to “normal.” We must get out ahead of what is coming to be prepared for it.
- Unlike most crises that affect only a small group of people, who then can be assisted by a larger group of unaffected people, this crisis is affects everyone. Therefore, the trauma is much more widespread, so we must be training our leaders to cope with that.
- Understanding the “psychological response to crisis curve” – the natural high’s and low’s that occur during a traumatic experience, can help us know what to expect in the coming weeks.
- In a crisis, most people’s mental capacity reduces by half. Meaning, they are more prone to make bad decisions due to an inability to think at their “normal” level of complexity or sophistication.
For more on this, Mark Lewis from EFCA Crisis Preparation referenced several resources that you can find them
. This is great material to share with your staff, elder team, and lay leaders.
Finally, please join us next Wednesday, April 1, at 10am PDT, again on zoom. I’ve invited Chris Brown, one of the senior pastors of
North Coast Church
to guide us through this topic: “Seizing Opportunity in Unpredictable Times.” There will be time set aside for more Q&A as well. Here is the info:
Seizing Opportunity in Unpredictable Times
Wednesday, April 1 - 10:00am PDT
*Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
We at EFCA West continue to pray for you and here to talk, pray, strategize, or just listen. We’re gonna get through this together!