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The Changing Church Webinar Series

Pandemic 2.0 – Using the Best Science to Keep Our Churches Safe
Lisa Allgood has been the "go to" person to whom presbytery leaders in the PCUSA turn to for the latest scientific information about the the spread of Covid and the best policies for churches to use based on that ever evolving science.  She has been called "the Presbyterian Fauci," and her occasional newsletters have provided a sound scientific basis for churches' decisions about when/how/if to reopen as well as the precautions people need to take to keep their congregations safe.

Lisa Allgood is the Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Cincinnati.  Prior to taking on this leadership role, she spent 36 years as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry. She is a trained immunocytochemist and a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. A ruling elder in the PCUSA, Lisa has served in many capacities on Sessions and for the Presbytery.  She sends regular “love notes” detailing the latest Covid science and CDC recommendations about the pandemic to other presbytery leaders. Her guidance has become the gold standard among PCUSA colleagues for thinking about reopening churches (or not).  Lisa serves on several justice councils in Cincinnati, is a member of the board of Women Helping Women, and also sits on the board of Sinapis, a Christian non-profit based in Kenya.  She has two daughters, one completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at Xavier University and the other teaching high school chemistry and environmental science in North Carolina.

Time:              Thursday, October 14th, 11:00 am EST/10 CST
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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 “Using the Best Science to Keep Our Churches Safe” 
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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