You are not alone. While change of any sort is always stressful, we pray that this time will be used to move us closer to God. I firmly believe that God works in times of trouble. You don’t have to be a Pollyanna to believe this.
We are learning technology in a new way. We are preparing for the inevitable response of the unchurched who will be looking for meaning in life.
We are aware that this upheaval may be too much for some congregations to sustain. Out of the ashes, new life can grow.
Here’s some helpful resources.
Help for pastors and church leaders:
- For teaching and ruling elders, The Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrew’s Hall is hosting a time of devotion, sharing, and teaching for this crisis by Zoom on March 30 and April 6 at 1:00 p.m. PDT (4:00 p.m. EDT). Email Andrea Perrett for the link.
- Sanctuary Mental Health is making its material free during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s a non-profit “that prepares the Church to support mental wellness.”
Pray as one body:
- Several dozen Canadian churches and Christian organizations have banded together to organize the National Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 28.
- The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has organized a Global Day of Prayer and Fasting for Sunday, March 29.
Back to basics: open the Bible, learn and grow.
- Pastor Timothy Keller has inspired millions. He’s also a Presbyterian.
- The Gospel Coalition is filled with goodness.
- Ligonier Ministries is the teaching fellowship of the late R.C. Sproul. The website is filled with insightful wisdom. As of March 25, all teaching series (more than 2,500 messages) are free to stream.
- Find a Bible reading plan. Start reading and studying today. YouVersion Bible app has access to several excellent plans.
- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is producing Take Five, daily videos presented by a different speaker each week.
Tell our stories:
- We’ve reached out to ministry leaders to ask them to share the best things that have transpired and the worst, along with hope for what may lay ahead. Email your suggestions to Andy Cornell <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Stay tuned. More to come!