REIMAGINE PASTORAL MINISTRY
The “Reimagine” project seeks to apply New Testament principles to present-day modes of church practice.
How will you reimagine pastoral ministry to meet the realities of our current situation? What innovative practices can you utilize while still upholding the core teachings found in Scripture? Below you will find some information, tools and resources to help you begin to reimagine.
Just as society at large has been overwhelmed by COVID-19, so has the church. However, since the church is not an institution of brick and mortar, but a living, breathing body, we can’t fix current problems with the wrong tools. These problems need good spiritual leadership. And for that, God has called leaders and pastors, charging them with the responsibility of leading the local body of believers forward.
COVID-19 has presented pastors with challenges they’ve never faced before. Questions include: Can we hold public services? Do we wear masks? Do we require people to socially distance? How do we express love without hugging or shaking hands? Such questions were not even on anyone’s radar prior to COVID-19. Now they are staring pastors in the face.
The ministry of the post-COVID church will look much different. However, for a local congregation to remain focused and effective in the future will depend greatly upon their response in this vital moment. It is paramount that pastors lead their congregations to develop a plan to move forward into this new normal.
For this to take place, the right questions must be asked. The first looming challenge we will face in the post-pandemic church is what do our gatherings look like? The pastor and congregation cannot just wait for things to return to normal. Gatherings for worship, discipleship and prayer all require decisions to be made, and leadership to be provided. The challenge for the pastor and congregation is what must we do to make everyone feel safe and respected in our gatherings?
Tips & Tools
A simple step needed in each local church is an open and honest conversation concerning the new reality we are facing. Our gatherings and ministries will never be the same. The wise pastor will take responsibility to help lead his congregation in establishing a plan to move forward into this new ministry environment. “Tips for Reopening Your Church” is a helpful guide that includes several items leaders need to consider.
2020 will be a year always remembered in the life of each North Carolina Baptist church. What is not obvious at this point is will it be a time of longing for the past and the way things were, or will it be a new day of exciting ministry? We believe God is granting us time to evaluate our ministries and reimagine a much more effective future.
Tips & Tools
There are many good tips and assessment tools on the internet related to reopening the church after COVID-19. (See resources below.) Also, at the request of the pastor, a consultant from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina can assist churches with these conversations. This is a great time in the life of a local congregation to reimagine a new model of ministry.