Corps & COVID: Challenges and Opportunities - Salvation Army Canada

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Corps & COVID: Challenges and Opportunities

3 Sessions (Bi-Weekly)
February 10 - March 12, 2021 1:00 P.M. EST


What will we Learn?

Social distancing and public gathering restrictions for public health have created challenges for corps ministry. Reflecting on the challenges, and some opportunities for positive change, can help resolve concerns and offer hope for the future.

Dates Seminar Description Pre-Session Preparation
Feb 10, 1:00 PM EST What are we learning?

Personal experience of leading during Covid identifies opportunities for developing the congregation.

Karen Puddicombe & James Watson
Feb 24
1:00 PM EST
Working the Process  

Canadian research on churches during Covid provides insight into adaptability.

James Watson &   Karen Puddicombe
Optional research reports will be distributed.
Mar 12
1:00 PM EST
Celebrating and Learning

How experiences of these changes develop the people of the corps will determine the shape of the future of our ministry.

Karen Puddicombe & James Watson


Why a Learning Cohort?

Reflection on God's mission and how it finds expression in our leadership is important. We can increase our learning by hearing and reflecting on the experience of others. The time commitments are intentionally brief, however having several other people to share in the journey over a five week period provides support, encouragement and peer accountability in the process. 

How does Coaching Contribute to the Experience? 
A coaching appointment (in person or by telephone) after the video conference provides an opportunity to personally work through the issues facing you with regards to your particular context. Coaches have been trained to ask good questions, understand confidentiality and are aware of congregational life issues.
You will be provided with a list of available coaches and their biographic information so that you may indicate your preference of a coach for the duration of the cohort.  The number of coaches is limited, so you are encouraged to register your preference as soon as possible in order to ensure that you will be able to benefit from this opportunity.
You will meet with your personal coach for a maximum of one hour of coaching monthly during the cohort. The intent is that you can use the coaching time to focus on what you will want to do in your local setting. A confidential coaching conversation will help you to clarify the focus and organize your steps. The coach will ask you to define what you have as goals for the coaching, will ask you questions to help you clarify what you need to do to accomplish your goals and will follow up in your monthly meetings.  This is done in the style of a "life coach" or "executive coach." The coach may or may not be familiar with the teaching material of the cohort. Scheduling of coaching appointments with your coach is your responsibility. The Corps Ministries Department is covering any necessary costs of training or reimbursement of time for any of the coaches who are on the recommended list.

What will it Cost to Participate in this Cohort?

The registration fee for this cohort is $25.00. Your Corps may be able to help with the cost of you participating in a cohort. Please see your Corps Officer. The cost of the presenters, resources, coaching appointments and administration is being subsidized by the Corps Mission Resource department at Territorial Headquarters.

Who are the Presenters?

Major Karen Puddicombe, Corps Officer, Burlington, Ontario.  Has led two corps through adaptation for Covid. A revitalization leader and workshop presenter.

Dr. James Watson, Corps Health and Planting Consultant, Corps Ministries Department, THQ.  Advising national research on churches’ responses to Covid and teaches on congregational change.

What Is the Format of the Learning Cohort?
The learning cohort will include the following elements:

  1. Reading or Viewing before the Monthly Videoconference: There are a few resources provided before some of the the monthly videoconferences to provide you with material for your reflection. Sometimes it may be reading and at times there may be other helpful online content.
  2. Monthly Videoconference: The videoconference allows us to meet and learn together from very different parts of the Territory. While the videoconference from a computer or smartphone is encouraged to get to know the cohort, there will be a dial in option for telephone as well.
  3. Monthly Coaching: As indicated above, the coaching experience is designed to help you apply your learning to your ministry setting in a concrete way. This is available to participants but not required.

Any Questions?

If at any time you have questions, you are welcome to contact   Questions about the content of the Cohort should be directed to the individual Cohort facilitator.