I think it’s safe to say we all thought this would be over by now. What started as a two week lock down has turned into a year. So much has changed in so many different areas of ministry and it can be hard to adapt, especially if you had become comfortable with how you lead your church. This article was written 6 months ago, when many thought the lock down might be coming to an end, but it’s still very applicable now. Mandates for churches, here in the Northwest, have been loosened in the last few weeks, but we are still seeing a huge decline in attendance. We can’t expect things to go back to the way they were. Here’s some practical tips on Pastoring During a Pandemic.
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Heather Crews, Pastor of the Courthouse Road Church in Richmond, Virginia shares her thoughts on how to handle members and politics.
- Acknowledge to yourself what you are feeling
- Choose to listen in order to understand
- Name the situation publicly
- Bring the Hope
by Jamie Domm
Source: NAD Ministerial
Only 20% of Americans regularly attend church, and only 2 in 10 millennials consider regular church attendance important. The Church no longer has the option of embracing change or leaving it to the next generation. The time is now; otherwise, we will become irrelevant. Change is never easy, but anything is possible with the Lord (see Matthew 19:26).
People search online for answers to their problems. They turn to the internet for companionship, understanding, information, anonymity, and more. We must be the voice that answers back, online, to share our message of hope and wholeness. Our digital presence may be the only exposure to the Gospel many people receive. We must recognize that the mission field is online, and just as legitimate as traditional evangelism. Continue Reading…
We have all felt the impact of Covid-19! This pandemic has acted paradoxically, bringing people together while simultaneously causing separation! It has left leaders from all walks of life trying to cope with and adapt to the “new normal”, and for pastors, to figure out how to engage with and minister to our members through social media platforms on our personal mobile devices.
Adjusting to these new norms is a challenge for all of us. The days of coming together in person for Prayer Meeting, Sabbath School, the Divine Hour, fellowship dinners, Sabbath afternoon Bible study, AYS have now been replaced, for the foreseeable future, with technology as the “middle man.”
Within the context of this current world situation I became interested in finding ways to bring together the generations of our church family on their cell phones. Thus was born Mobile Intergenerational Bible Studies.
Small groups are an essential part of church life. They provide important fellowship connections and foster spiritual growth. In my quest to create intergenerational online small groups, I had to first of all decide which Continue Reading…
We are all eager to get back to normal, but the reality is that the COVID-19 is changing the way we will do the digital aspects of life and ministry going into the future. How will we respond? Read More…
by Heather Crews
Source: NAD Ministerial
On a typical Sabbath, my church’s worship space is filled with a 120 people. There is laughter over shared jokes, children comparing MineCraft tips, and swapping of ministry ideas. But these days are not typical. The chairs are empty and the space is quiet. Preaching to an empty room is a necessity, not a choice. Recognizing that this change is necessary, here are my top tips for using sermon time effectively without an in-person audience. Read More
Pastor Phil White of the Simi Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church had a problem. In his own words, he said, “I was fat, exercise challenged, and not very happy with the road my health was taking.” His wife Jan, had similar concerns, especially when she got the results of a blood test. Phil and Jan decided they wanted to improve their chances of watching their grandchildren grow up. What they did had a spill over effect in their church.