On Wednesday I wrote about the possibility that pastors and other Christian leaders/organizations have been scratching where few people are itching. It was not my intent to be critical, but I do feel it would be sad for pastors to emerge from this time being physically and emotionally spent because of unwise choices stemming from unwise expectations they placed on themselves. Every church situation is different. So if the shoe fit, fine. If not, that’s ok too.
One of the opportunities the pandemic has provided is time to think. With that in mind here are some questions that would be worth pastors taking time to ponder:
- What have I been doing differently during this period that needs to be continued when life returns to normal?
- Will there be events beyond my normal schedule that I need to prepare for how? (For example, it is possible that you may have several funerals or memorial services.)
- While this pandemic continues, are there ways I can better utilize the other leaders in my church to shepherd the flock? How might this continue after the pandemic is over?
- Are they’re activities or programs that this period of time has shown to be superfluous? Would it be worthwhile to streamline our ministries and the number of meetings we have for leaders so that busy people are not out at church activities quite so often?
- What have I learned during these weeks when life was so different that will help me pastor more effectively in the days ahead?
- Has this period brought to light any deficiencies in the content of what our people have been taught? Were they prepared to carry on with their own spiritual growth?
- Has this pandemic revealed that our people are equipped to minister to each other? How might we encourage forging relationships outside of public meetings so that people are better able to minister through the numerous “one another” commands in Scripture. (Here’s a list: https://globalchristiancenter.com/1126-english/devotionals/daily-devotions/60-seconds/33801-60-seconds-reciprocal-living
- Were any specific groups of people (older, younger, single, students, etc.) overlooked in our efforts to care for our church during this time?
Answering these questions may be helpful not only in assessing your own ministry, but planning what your church needs as you look to the future.
Have a great weekend!