4. Lead Them to Connect with Each Other
I know this last piece of wisdom doesn’t seem very spiritual, but give me a moment to explain. We live in an incredible world where technology allows us to connect with loved ones and friends on the other side of the world, instantly.
And while so many churches stream their services live online through their website, YouTube, or social media, it’s very easy for people to become disconnected and isolated if this is the only way they attend “church.”
Pastors are prone to isolation, too, during a time of quarantine or social distancing. Let’s face it, as much as we think we’d love a few years on the island of Patmos to write our book or finish our doctoral dissertation, the fact is that we, too, ultimately love people and the fellowship of the saints.
So during this time, when people are encouraged not to gather physically, we can encourage them to gather virtually. Empower and encourage leaders to reach out and schedule virtual prayer meetings, Bible studies, or worship sessions...or all three!
There are a few really great free programs that will allow people to connect in a virtual conference room—where they can see each other’s faces—and talk, laugh, cry, pray, sing, testify, and teach.
As a pastor, you can record and send out short, helpful, uplifting videos to your congregation. If you’re comfortable enough, you can even go live on many social media platforms. This will bring joy and inspiration to your church members, as well as help them feel at ease during this time of ambiguity.
Remember, He Who Promised Is Faithful
Rest assured that the origin of your calling will become very clear during this time. If you’re God-appointed, then you’ll find strength in Him, daily, and come to rely upon prayer and the Word of God. You’ll find that you will find rest, like Jesus did, in the midst of any storm.
If you’re man-appointed, you’ll struggle because you rely on the praises and accolades of men. When those praises stop coming, you’ll wonder why you should continue. If you’re self-appointed, you’ll fight to justify your calling, skills, and abilities to others. You’ll rely on your own talents and strength, which will fail, and you’ll quit.
Thank God that He is still on the throne and He is neither surprised nor unsettled by this time.
He saw this day from the beginning and has given you everything you need for life and godliness through your knowledge of Jesus Christ! (2 Peter 1:3). He will cause all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).
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Homer Purdy is the Director of Operations of the ALIVE Radio Network, reaching the largest Christian market in upstate New York. Homer serves locally as a counselor, Bible teacher and minister and is a frequent missionary throughout the nation of India. Homer and his wife have five children and he is not allowed to watch the World Series unless the Dodgers are playing. His passion is to bring the Good News of the Gospel to the lost as well as to Christians who are struggling in their faith and to build the Kingdom of God one person at a time.