How Pastors Should Respond In Crisis – Episode 137 | the Unstuck Church Podcast


Well, life feels like it’s on “pause” in a lot of ways. Several weeks ago, Amy and I recorded a new podcast series, and we were feeling good about it. The episodes just felt so appropriate for where we were as church leaders. And then, obviously, our whole world changed. Now those episodes are not so appropriate for today. We’ll hold them for another time.

So we’re going to pivot. We want to be FOR you. We blew up our content calendar and decided to look for opportunities to serve you while you’re in the thick of leading through crisis.

One thing that has always fascinated me is how even people that are outside the church and outside the faith, for some reason, find themselves drawn to the church in the seasons of crisis.

Because of that, even in this situation where we can’t meet physically with people in church services and worship gatherings, I actually think there are huge opportunities to be found for churches who choose to look for them, instead of getting stuck focusing on the loss.

I wrote about this in my first article addressing church leadership during the coronavirus crisis, but I’ll say it again here:

There’s a significant opportunity for the church to be a beacon of hope.

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.Rahm Emanuel

In this episode, Amy and I discuss…

  • What it looks like for the senior pastor to lead the response, communicate hope, and cast vision for how you’ll be stronger on the other side of a crisis
  • How to pivot to looking for opportunities rather than focusing on loss while you’re facing a new normal
  • Examples of how MY team is identifying opportunities during this season, and how I have been communicating to my leaders, our clients and our wider community
  • 4 OPPORTUNITIES I see for local churches during this crisis, and specific examples of ways I hope you will respond

The opportunities I’m going share in this episode are probably not the only ones. We’d really love to hear from you on social media if you’re identifying others at your church.


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