Prepare Now for Post-Pandemic Ministry, Church Professionals Urge

by Dennis Sadowski. Crux Catholic Media, April 20, 2020.


This thoughtful article provides key leadership actions to prepare for congregational life after COVID-19 social distancing.


specific instructions for reaching out to congregants, continuing creative forms of virtual engagement

Recommended Audience

Christian congregations, especially Roman Catholic parishes



Practical Applications

  • Plan how to incrementally return to congregational life together by considering this with your leadership team.
  • Consider how to address finances, recruitment of laity, and providing hope to your congregation by reading this article.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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