By Ministry Coordinator Kent Sullivan | August 4, 2020
Ministry over the past few months has been more challenging with Covid-19, stay at home orders and social distancing. In this crazy Covid-19, racially divided, political charged, ever changing time, as Minister’s we need to have the right tools and know how to use them.
There isn't a Step-by-Step guide for pastoring in a pandemic, or “pastoring in a pandemic for dummies”. Many of us have learned from trial and error and have had to lean on others for ideas and resources. I equate it to skilled mechanics, who have a toolbox filled with all kinds of tools. Different sizes, different purposes, and designed for specific tasks. I enjoy working on different projects around our house. I have a 10-draw toolbox and have many tools that I have collected over the years. The problem that I run into is that there is an ever-growing advancement in the sizes and style of bolts, nuts, and screws. This means that my tools need to also grow. There used to be just slotted and phillips screw heads, now there are square, hex, torx, spline, just to name a few. Using the right bit for the right screw head, is the best way to ensure the job is completed in the right way. I was working on our UTV the other day installing some new accessories and I needed a “Rivet Nut Tool”. I had never heard of this tool, so I googled it and found it at Home Depot. The only problem was that it was standard size and I needed metric so I pulled up a YouTube video on how to accomplish the task with a “homemade” tool. There were several different methods, and one of them worked. It wasn't as clean and efficient as the tool I needed, but it didn’t cost me $100 either for this one-time use. Having the right tools and knowing when to use them is vitally important in Ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-5
- In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:
- Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
- For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
- They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
- But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
I recently came across the charge given to me when I was Ordained in 1990. This charge was delivered by the late Glen D. Cole at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, CA. Here are the seven essentials he delivered:
- Be of sound Christian character
- Always have an awareness of your call
- Keep fresh
- Make Christ the preeminent personality
- Be yourself
- Have a confident expectation
- Be a prophet of God
This is a good reminder to follow the instructions of verse 5, "But you, keep your head in all situations.." Keep your eye on what you’re doing. Always be sober-minded. Remain cool-headed.