The BGU family is actively providing front-line relief, resources and training through global connections and relationships. Many of the webinars, training programs, and news items produced by the BGU family are on BGU’s website news section and various BGU social media sites. Contact email@example.com to learn more about what type of articles can be posted through BGU.
We’ve been holding webinars on fundraising for relief as well as on-going development and more will be added in the months to come. We’re also offering an intensive online course for fundraising teams starting on July 6. This course can be taken for credit by current students or audited at a reduced fee by alumni and others.
In the midst of the medical crisis, there must also be preparations made for the growing economic crisis. An April 10 article in the Harvard Business Review states:
Along with the severe health and humanitarian crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, [leaders] around the world face enormous business challenges: the collapse of customer demand, significant regulatory modifications, supply chain interruptions, unemployment, economic recession, and increased uncertainty. And like the health and humanitarian sides of the crisis, the business side needs ways to recover. Ad hoc responses won’t work; organizations must lay the groundwork for their recoveries now.
The article continues with questions around the 5 Ps of strategy: plan, ploy, pattern, position, and perspective. Another article Praxis Labs describes this time as not a blizzard to recover from but an ice age requiring each organization to prepare to start over in a new era.
In BGU’s April 2 global webinar with national evangelical alliance leaders and organizational leaders from 6 continents, the three principles were illustrated with global examples:
- Organizations who have responded the best were prepared beforehand for a situation such as this. The relationships they relied upon were not accidental but a result of specific strategies they had implemented years beforehand. The best time to start these proactive strategies for the next crisis is now when the lack of those strategies are most apparent.
- Organizations who have responded best partnered with experts in their network. No one has the resources to provide all the services their members need, but they can find, curate, recommend and connect their members to experts that are most helpful during a crisis.
- Organizations who have responded best were well connected beyond just local churches. Intentionally building relationships with key Christian leaders in government, health, businesses, media, arts and entertainment, education in addition to churches allowed these ministries to serve and be helped by leaders in the key sectors that are most needed during a time of crisis.
Over the next 2 months, BGU will conduct webinars and discussions leading to a 9-week online course on Restarting After the Crisis launching on July 6 for both students and auditors with key experts to help leaders work through a practical framework with peers to rebuild their organizations in this new era.
Please continue to watch for more news on these courses and preceding webinars and networking events at https://www.bgu.edu/news/