Leading Your Team In Difficult Times

Posted on June 12 2020

To meet or not to meet... that is the question.

We hope the answer is YES!

You know the value of community, and we believe that staying connected with one another, especially during a challenging time like this, is so very important.

This doesn’t mean you have to meet in person. Thanks to technology, there are so many digital options.

Here’s how you can utilize your time together:

  • Schedule a 30-minute (or more) weekly check in to pray together and encourage one another.
  • Pick a 1–2 part study on Anthology. You can watch the videos on your own time and then discuss using the questions provided.
  • Choose a study on YouTube. You can purchase the books, watch the videos, and then discuss online together.

To make meeting digitally as easy as possible, consider doing the following.

  1. Create a free online account through a video conferencing platform. There are many great options. Here are a few:
  2. Follow these tips for meeting digitally:
  • Jump online early to make sure your video and audio are working.
  • Sit close to the screen.
  • Good lighting goes a long way.
  • Avoid eating or getting up during group.
  • Turn off any potential distractions ahead of time so you can be fully engaged.
  • Since background noise can cause feedback and static noise on your call, group members should mute themselves when they are not talking to eliminate feedback.

Leadership looks a little different these days, doesn’t it? 🤔

Around here we're focusing a little less on accomplishment, and a lot more on connection.

To address the fatigue, loneliness, and fear our staff is experiencing, we're putting some extra energy into investing in the emotional health of our employees.

We're doing things like...

  • Intentionally celebrating birthdays 🎉, anniversaries, and milestones with drive-by parades 🚙🚗, videos, snail mail, or chalk art.
  • Using video conferencing 🖥 for emotional check-ins (as opposed to project updates)
  • Asking for and addressing the tensions and fears felt by the team
  • Meeting for a walk 🚶‍♂️ instead of a conference or video call
  • Tailgating for lunch in the church parking lot
  • Starting virtual team meetings with digital games

Whether you're people-oriented or task-oriented, your direct reports are likely craving encouragement over (another) to-do list.

You're doing a great work, keep it up! 🙂👍

And if we can help, please let us know.

We're all on the hunt for some more innovative ways to support our work teams.


in the comments section below.

Check this page in the coming days for other ideas.


  • Tim Palmer: June 18, 2020

    Two things that have helped us:

    First, the executive director started a weekly 3-minute video update and supervisors gave a weekly emotional support phone call/prayer with each report. The result is I felt way more connected during the crisis than I did before.

    Second, shameless sucking up. When we did reconvene the office this week, we watched Part 2 of Better For It by Andy. We want to learn from the crisis, not waste it. And it was transformative to ask ourselves what we would do if we were confident God is with us.

    Tim Palmer
    Center for Intercultural Training

  • Cathy Glista: June 16, 2020

    Our church just did a limited opening this past weekend. We had a staff “pool” to guess how many people would show up and gave a gift card to the closest one. Everyone loved it. We also did a contest to see had the best home office.

  • Virginia Lowe: June 16, 2020

    Some of our members have family that are a bit more housebound, an elderly parent, a young adult that is confined to a wheelchair and dependent on others for transportation ….so we send cards and letters to them! Loving on the family members means a lot to our team members.

  • Joanna Jones: June 15, 2020

    Our group participates in a one hour ZOOM pilates class each week. We get to “see” each other and exercise all at the same time.

  • ivonne: June 15, 2020

    We have a cookout meeting outside of our facility. We eat lunch outdoors and listen to staff updates.

  • Nancy Arnold: June 15, 2020

    Endorphins are so key when things get lonely or stressed. Activity that gets the blood flowing enough to release endorphins can change the whole dynamic of a conversation. Walks, action games, laughter are medicine!

  • Paulo A.: June 15, 2020

    I’m leading this week’s staff meeting at a park (after a bike ride through nearby city parks).

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