Thinking back to March when within a few days it seemed to many of us that our world, life and ministry had been turned upside down. Suddenly we could no longer meet face to face, schools were closed, our church buildings were shut, many people were furloughed, but our ministry certainly didn’t stop.
For many of us, our work load seemed to get busier and busier. For some, it may have felt like a whirlwind, or it could have been a feeling of deflation, constantly giving out and not seeing any fruit. For some, it may have been an opportunity for reflection. Whichever It’s been for you, it’s definitely been a challenging time.
As the country heads in the right direction, albeit slowly, it’s clear we still have a long way to go before things get back to the way they were, if they ever will. We are still living in uncertain times. The question is, should our ministry be going back to how it was? Or is it time to look at doing something different? Is moving forward an opportunity to seek God to discover what He has instore for us as leaders?
It may be that during lockdown, life has been so busy that we haven’t had time to stop and listen to God. May we be encouraged to prioritise some time as the summer approaches to think through the following:
- What have you seen God do?
- In what ways have you seen and felt God’s presence?
- Take a moment to thank God for His faithfulness to you
- What has God been saying to you?
- What does this mean for your ministry?
- What will you do differently?
Take hold of your answers and continue to pray for God’s leading. We may not understand the reasons for this dreadful pandemic and although it’s been very tough and sad for so many, God still has a purpose and a plan for us and uses what can be a difficult situation to build us and make us more effective for Him.
Written by Fiona Stutton, Children’s Ministry Adviser