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The Changing Church Webinar Series

Our next webinar series “Pandemic 2.0” explores how churches are having to recalibrate their responses to the pandemic because it has lasted for so long and will continue for the foreseeable future.  The webinars will focus on the impact of our having begun to open up in early summer, only to have to shut down again. 

Time:              Thursday, October 7th, 11:00 am EST/10 CST
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Rob Lowry has served as pastor of Fondren Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS, since 2017.  Prior to coming to Fondren he served as the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Arkansas. He has served churches in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan and taught as an adjunct faculty member at both Hendrix College and the University of the Ozarks. He holds degrees from Millsaps College, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Columbia Theological Seminary. Before deciding to return to parish ministry, he studied for a PhD at King’s College in the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in political/practical theology. 

Becca Gresham-Kesner is pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Medford, New Jersey. A native of New Jersey, she is a graduate of Montclair State University, received an M.Div. from Louisville Seminary, and earned an M.A. in spirituality from Bellarmine University.   Prior to coming to Faith, she was pastor of First Presbyterian, Mitchell, SD. Becca is a blogger for The Presbyterian Outlook, which included her article “The Delta Variant and Planning for What’s Next” in a recent issue. Outside of church and family life, you can find her in nature, finding fun ways to be creative or asking awkwardly deep questions of people she just met.

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The Changing Church Webinar Series 2021

The Center for Healthy ChurchesThe Church Network, The Presbyterian FoundationBaptist News GlobalTruett Seminary, Pneumatrix, The Lake InstituteMinistering to MinistersGardner-Webb University, and the Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership at Belmont University, and the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving are offering weekly webinars to help equip ministers and the congregations they serve to respond to the growing challenges of a changing world. For more information please visit our website.

WHEN: Thursdays 11 AM EST (approximately 40 minutes)
WHERE: Zoom (;
WHO: Ministers in local congregations
WHAT: Content will focus on responding and adapting to the practical needs of churches and ministers in the 21st Century.
COST: Free

Registration is required.
Upcoming Webinars:  

October 7  “Deepening Conflict” 
Presenters will talk about deepening church conflicts over reopening decisions (both to open up and to stay closed down, including pastors in some of our least vaccinated states.

October 14 “Just the Facts, Ma’am!” 
A Presbytery executive who is also an epidemiologist will talk about the latest scientific data and how to best to follow the science when developing policies for reopening.

October 21 “Building Resilience for the Long Haul” 
Pastors are stressed out and fatigued: physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Presenters will talk about practices that can build resilience in us and give us hope as we continue to deal with Covid for the foreseeable future.

October 28 “Hybrid Worship Revisited”
One of the first adaptive changes most pastors made was that they learned how to do virtual ministry overnight: mastering Zoom, developing early platforms for virtual worship, and teaching classes and doing committee meetings online.  What have we learned along the way and how have we applied what we’ve learned as we move to livestreaming and more sophisticated technologies?


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