How to Lead When Disaster Strikes: An Interview with Stephen Kyle and Tim Songster

November 24, 2020
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Pastor Steven Kyle from Hiland Park Baptist Church, has revitalized the church where he is serving with incredible growth.  After growing a declining church from approximately 600 to over 2000, and expanding with two other multi-site campuses and revitalizing both dying churches, disaster hit. Twice. First Hurricane Michael, then Covid-19.

  1. How did you plan for disaster relief and recovery before it was needed in the church and community?
  2. Even though your buildings and campuses were damaged and unusable, how did the church continue to gather and minister?
  3. What did you learn about rebuilding in a disaster in regards to insurance coverage and construction?
  4. What systems did you put in place prior to and after the disaster that affected/stabilized giving during the disaster?
  5. You have a very large church staff. How were you able to minister to your staff and their families in the aftermath of the hurricane?
  6. How did your daily ministry change?
  7. What did you learn from the Hurricane Recovery that is helping you in these pandemic days?
  8. How do you define a win in a disaster recovery environment?

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