Coping During a Crisis

During a crisis we all have different coping mechanisms. As transitional pastors we have ways of moving through a crisis by bringing hope and clarity to what lies ahead. Scroll down to explore the creative ways that some of our members and friends of the Network are guiding their congregations.


In the video below Br. David Steindl-Rast explores the timeless themes of mysticism, joy, anxiety, aliveness, death, and of course, gratefulness.

Gratefulness is the key to joy…Of course, there are many things that are terrible in our world today, but it gives me joy to be around – to be able to interact with – people who try to make the world better, to see what’s going on, even the difficult things. ~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

David Steindl-Rast OSB (born July 12, 1926) is an American Catholic Benedictine monk, author, and lecturer. He is committed to interfaith dialogue and has dealt with the interaction between spirituality and science.

Helpful Articles

Helpful Articles

We share these posts by Rev Dr Sparky. They were sent to us by an IMN Member, Christina Tata after one of IMN’s COVID-19 Conversation Cafes. She has found them helpful and offers them to you through the links here. They are friend links, no log-in required.

Care For Yourself First

Care For Yourself First
from Building Church Leaders Newsletter

Most of the pastors I’m talking to are busier now than they were before the pandemic. They’re scrambling to do everything they did to serve people before—but must do it all in new ways.

During this time, the idea of prioritizing your own soul care might strike you as selfish, especially since your life’s calling centers around serving others in ministry. But the truth is it’s biblical and wise. The Gospels tell us that Jesus regularly withdrew to the wilderness to pray. If the Son of God needed to take a break from ministry to spend time with his Father, we do too.

This week’s resources are designed to help you be strategic in caring for your soul. It may feel like doing so comes at the expense of others. Nothing could be further from the truth. Caring for your soul now will enable you to care for others better in the long run.

This 38-page resource lays out the case for the importance of regularly assessing your spiritual health, as well as practical guidelines for how to do so. It also offers resources for going about the work of developing spiritual health so you can effectively minister to others. While we all know the importance of rest and renewal, it can be difficult to allow ourselves to take time out of our day to rest and renew our bodies and souls. Also, check out Rest and Renewal for Busy Church Leaders to find ways to revitalize yourself during this trying time.

Drew Dyck

Drew Dyck
Contributing Editor

Drew Dyck


Coronavirus in Church

Coronavirus in Church by tithe.ly

By tithe.ly

We are presenting a small eBook today that was published by tithe.ly. This short eBook, “Coronavirus In Church: How to protect and grow your Church during the Outbreak” is offered to

provide further information that may be helpful to our members during this time of continuing crisis.

This eBook was written and published early in the crisis and we offer it to you even though some of the early protocols may have changed. As the world learns more about this virus and its progression, the response by countries and health organizations has changed appropriately. Please be aware as you read the eBook that what was accurate information earlier may have been enhanced as our understanding has grown during this continuing crisis.
We have been given permission to offer this eBook in our “Hints” area, and it is shared for your use as appropriate for your circumstances. While IMN is neither endorsing nor promoting the use of their products, several opportunities to explore and purchase those products are presented within the eBook and doing so is totally optional. Click on the book image to view.

How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Zoom Event

Manage your Zoom Participants

Some of the other great features to help secure your Zoom event and host with confidence:

  • Allow only signed-in users to join: If someone tries to join your event and isn’t logged into Zoom with the email they were invited through, they will receive this message:

Authorized Attendees

This is useful if you want to control your guest list and invite only those you want at your event — other students at your school or colleagues, for example.

  • Lock the meeting: It’s always smart to lock your front door, even when you’re inside the house. When you lock a Zoom Meeting that’s already started, no new participants can join, even if they have the meeting ID and password (if you have required one). In the meeting, click Participants at the bottom of your Zoom window. In the Participants pop-up, click the button that says Lock Meeting.
  • Set up your own two-factor authentication: You don’t have to share the actual meeting link! Generate a random Meeting ID when scheduling your event and require a password to join. Then you can share that Meeting ID on Twitter but only send the password to join via DM.
  • Remove unwanted or disruptive participants: From that Participants menu, you can mouse over a participant’s name, and several options will appear, including Remove. Click that to kick someone out of the meeting.
  • Allow removed participants to rejoin: When you do remove someone, they can’t rejoin the meeting. But you can toggle your settings to allow removed participants to rejoin, in case you boot the wrong person.
  • Put ‘em on hold: You can put everyone else on hold, and the attendees’ video and audio connections will be disabled momentarily. Click on someone’s video thumbnail and select Start Attendee On Hold to activate this feature. Click Take Off Hold in the Participants list when you’re ready to have them back.
  • Disable video: Hosts can turn someone’s video off. This will allow hosts to block unwanted, distracting, or inappropriate gestures on video or for that time your friend’s inside pocket is the star of the show.
  • Mute participants: Hosts can mute/unmute individual participants or all of them at once. Hosts can block unwanted, distracting, or inappropriate noise from other participants. You can also enable Mute Upon Entry in your settings to keep the clamor at bay in large meetings.
  • Turn off file transfer: In-meeting file transfer allows people to share files through the in-meeting chat. Toggle this off to keep the chat from getting bombarded with unsolicited pics, GIFs, memes, and other content.
  • Turn off annotation: You and your attendees can doodle and mark up content together using annotations during screen share. You can disable the annotation feature in your Zoom settings to prevent people from writing all over the screens.
  • Disable private chat: Zoom has in-meeting chat for everyone or participants can message each other privately. Restrict participants’ ability to chat amongst one another while your event is going on and cut back on distractions. This is really to prevent anyone from getting unwanted messages during the meeting.

Try the Waiting Room 

One of the best ways to use Zoom for public events is to enable the Waiting Room feature. Just like it sounds, the Waiting Room is a virtual staging area that stops your guests from joining until you’re ready for them. It’s almost like the velvet rope outside a nightclub, with you as the bouncer carefully monitoring who gets let in.

Meeting hosts can customize Waiting Room settings for additional control, and you can even personalize the message people see when they hit the Waiting Room so they know they’re in the right spot. This message is really a great spot to post any rules/guidelines for your event, like who it’s intended for.

Click here to see more tips on Zoom Security features. 

At Home Liturgy of Grief and Soul Care

At Home Liturgy of Grief and Soul Care

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Welch has developed a project to help pastors and spiritual leaders care for and guide their congregations through the realities of coping during this time of COVID-19. That project, COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, Guided Resources for Pastors/Spiritual Leaders: At Home Liturgy of Grief and Soul Care is introduced here for your adaption and use.
Rev. Welch focuses on specific ways that we can help people now during this time of separation and crisis. She offers these resources to IMN to share, hoping simply that our members will be able to use them to help those who are in need because of loss and separation. The documents may be altered and adjusted to meet your specific needs and faith tradition. Barbara is a Protestant minister, so she created a Christian model that may be changed and used to meet your needs.
The Rev. Dr. Barbara Welch has served for over twenty-five years in crisis care ministries. Dr. Welch earned her Master of Divinity/Theology & Arts degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School, now known as Andover Newton at Yale. She was awarded a certificate for Excellence in Preaching from her seminary. She is certified in Child Theology through Godly Play. She was given a World Changer Award by a major church denomination for her substance abuse ministry. She has served as a church consultant for conflict resolution as well as an Interim Minister Specialist; she served as an on-staff interfaith chaplain for death and dying at Boston Children’s Hospital; she created and published a church and community outreach program for substance abuse called: Horizons of Hope a Substance Abuse Church and Community Outreach Program. She is an author, speaker, pastor artist/illustrator, creative writer and creative liturgist. She served as South Eastern Regional Spiritual Director for a major, for profit nationwide hospice program overseeing some 29 care facilities.
Dr. Welch brings an authentic voice to her writings because she is a survivor of child abuse and knows, firsthand, some of the complexities of a wounded mind, body and spirit. Her ministry specialty is for those who have been wounded and who have turned to substances as coping mechanism. She helped to write and earn a US federal Grant of $625,000.00 renewable every five years for substance addiction and community outreach.

Click on the Buttons below for Documents and resources.

Comfort Through Music - Ron Pogue

While we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic apart from one another, each afternoon I am sharing a piece of music chosen to bring reassurance, comfort, and hope to anxious hearts. Today’s selection is “My Song is Love Unknown” sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.
Here is a review of this hymn, containing biographical information about the interesting life of the composer, Samuel Crossman, written by Scott Malcolmson for “Anglican Focus”.
Emily R. Brink writes in Hymnary.com about the composer of the tune, LOVE UNKNOWN:
“John Ireland (1879-1962) studied at Durham University in England and became a church organist, choirmaster, editor, and lecturer, eventually teaching at the Royal College of Church Music. He was a gifted composer of music for voice, piano, organ, chamber music, and orchestra that were recognized for their excellence during his lifetime; LOVE UNKNOWN was his only hymn tune, found today in numerous hymnals.”
“My Song is Love Unknown”
The lyrics are displayed in the video.
Words: Samuel Crossman (c. 1624-1683)
Tune: Love Unknown, John Ireland (1879-1962)


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