A Veteran’s Wisdom for Ministry in a Pandemic

Today Revive Our Hearts launches a campaign exclusively for women’s leaders—Faithful to the Finish Line! We’ve noticed your selfless service and die-hard commitment during these recent months and we want to help you catch a second wind to keep running your race! Head over here to sign up for the brand new 10-Day Leader Challenge, grab your free hand-lettered lock screen and print, and register for the Recommissioned webinar with Erin Davis and myself. We’re here to remind you that while God never promises ministry will be easy, He does promise He will never fail us! —Leslie Bennett, Director of Women’s Ministry Initiatives

Ministry leaders today are being stretched like never before. As social distancing guidelines went into effect, our church staff began showing us how to transition to virtual life groups. After planning to use one method, then finding it wouldn’t work for the size of my group, I went to plan B. It was complicated, and since the women in the group I co-teach are in the fifty-five-plus stage of life, I was afraid they wouldn’t want to learn to use new technology in order to be together. 

Surely this pandemic will end in a couple of weeks, I thought. Is it really worth making the effort to meet?

As a ministry leader myself, I know I’m not alone in facing personal and ministry challenges during this difficult time. Many are experiencing worry over a multitude of questions:

  • Will my loved ones or I catch the virus?
  • Will I lose my job?
  • How can I homeschool my kids and plan three meals a day? 
  • How will I care for my aging loved ones when I cannot even visit them? 

These questions tend to bombard our minds before we even consider ministry responsibilities that are forcing us to learn new ways to serve:

  • Am I able to keep up the ministry assignment the Lord gave me prior to this isolation? 
  • Am I accomplishing anything of value when it feels like I’m simply drifting from day to day?
  • How do I minister to those I normally serve when I can’t be with them in person?

My Pandemic Panic

The night before our first digital meeting, I woke up in a panic several times. Prior to my retirement three years ago, I was a part of the online world in vocational ministry. Since then I’ve stayed somewhat active through social media, blogging, and maintaining my website. But this was something different. Not having an IT department at my beck and call as I did before retirement, I felt frustrated, fearful, and ill-equipped.

Then I remembered something I often forget: ministry is not about me, but about Christ. It’s not up to me to make it work. I simply need to do what the Lord asks me to do, using what I do know, and trust God to work it out for His glory. But the enemy made me feel desperate; he wanted to make me give up without even trying.

And guess what? It turned out that several group members had used the technology before and were there to help the other women join our meeting. Although I feared no one would show up, as many members joined that first digital meeting as had attended in person at church!

Our Ministry Assignment

Sisters in ministry, for now, this temporary pandemic season is your ministry assignment—and mine! Depending on home and work situations, our specific assignments will vary. But remember, everything we do for those around us is ministry, and we can do it for Jesus and with thankfulness: 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col. 3:17)

When it feels like your current assignment isn’t bearing fruit, remember that real-life dilemmas can be overwhelming, and the simplest gesture can have a meaningful impact on the women we’re ministering to. In these times of isolation, I’ve heard from women how significant it is to receive an encouraging text, call, or card, letting them know you are praying specifically about their needs and then following up to see how God is working.

Jesus will give you everything you need for this season, as Peter reminds us:

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3 HCSB)

Because God has called you to your place of leadership in the current pandemic, I believe–no, I know–He will equip you to serve Him faithfully as you minister. Don’t let the enemy tell you differently!

Did you discover God’s Truth today?

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About the Author

Chris Adams

Chris Adams

Chris Adams is an author, speaker, blogger, and women’s ministry consultant. She retired in 2017 after serving over twenty-two years as Women’s Ministry Specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris helped pioneer women’s ministry as we know it today and compiled three women’s leadership books. When Chris is not consulting, speaking to women, or training women’s ministry leaders, you can find her reading, with family, or spending time at the beach.

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