As We Face 2021, Do You Have Community?
My first Gospel@Center coaching group began in January 2020. We began with a group of eight of us. My planned content for this group was pretty basic. We would talk about leadership, kidmin structure, volunteers, etc…. This group bonded almost immediately, sharing with each other, encouraging each other, and exchanging ideas. We had a good thing going.
And then March 2020 hit. One by one our states began to close. Within weeks our ministries changed dramatically. Our conversations immediately changed from, “How do you recruit more volunteers?” to “What do you do now that church is shut down?” and “How are you managing this insane workload that increased overnight?” We were able to identify what was working for each of us and what wasn’t. We were able to bounce ideas off of each other.
This group was still sharing ideas and encouragement, but it was on a whole new level. We all felt like we were trying to survive together. To borrow an over-used pandemic term – our coaching group community was essential.
As we roll into 2021, my prayer is that it is a much less turbulent and traumatic year. However, whatever it looks like, we are all in the middle of navigating what ministry looks like now. My greatest encouragement is that you don’t do it alone.
Maybe you are new to ministry. I know several people who had just taken on new roles or took over after transitions during the pandemic. Maybe you have been in ministry for awhile, but everything feels new because the world has turned upside down. Maybe you’ve been maintaining for this season, but you really do feel like you’ve been doing it alone. Whatever your situation, you need people.
I’m excited to share the option of another Gospel@Center coaching group for 2021. We will focus on the content we all need – leading volunteers, improving our leadership, and defining our ministry, but everything will be in the context of the world we are experiencing now. We will work together to brainstorm and pray through real time issues we face in 2021. You need people like that in your world!
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12