What Has the Pandemic Taught Us About Our Ministries?
Church pastor and author Karl Vaters posted this gem about the "12 Bad Habits (Some) Pastors Dropped During the Pandemic That We Shouldn’t Pick Back Up" at https://karlvaters.com/12-bad-habits/ All "12 Bad Habits" apply to Christian education too! --including Sunday School, Youth Ministry, you name it.
Try substituting the phrase "Sunday School" or "youth group" for the word "church" or "ministry" as you read the article.
My Highlights from the Article:
It wasn’t a lost year. One of the positives is that it forced us to define what is and isn’t essential in ministry.
Our buildings are not as essential as we’ve made them out to be.
Focus on doing ministry from the building, not just in the building.
This year we learned to hold loosely to our plans. Churches with adaptability built into their strategy fared better than those with strict plans.
In the coming months, there will be many temptations to jump back into sprint mode. Don’t do it! Ministry is a marathon. Pace yourself for it.
During this challenging time, many of us have leaned on the help of our church members more than we’ve been used to. Keep fostering that spirit.
Don’t allow yourself to slip back into the mode of business-as-usual again. Change is relentless. Our ability to adapt to it is essential. There will never be an easier time to simplify your church’s ministries than now. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s not to take the most simple joys of life, family, and faith for granted.