Times of unexpected events often result in sudden changes and various innovations. Each day brings new developments to which we must adjust.
Innovation, change, and transition is essential at this point, but it also takes hard work from church leaders.
According to a post on our Facebook group made by Christopher J. Harris , (a pastor, teacher, and well-known author of books about the church building and the likes) here’s why:
CAUTION TO PASTORS, MINISTRY LEADERS & CHURCH STAFFS:
Innovation, Change, and the transition is hard work.
In some cases, for some churches, they have innovated in 3-4 weeks what generally takes months (and some instances span over a year or so.)
That can be TAXING!
It involves EVERY. SINGLE. PART of you. Spiritual discernment. Physical effort. Intellectual acumen. Emotional engagement. Financial investment.
MONITOR YOUR MARGIN!
Don’t allow this pandemic to cause you to burnout!
You are sitting on calls all day. In front of a screen most of the day. Real needs of your people and community non-stop. All while managing your home and your own emotions during this quarantine. Without great caution and care is a recipe for another kind of crisis.
YOU’RE GOING TO NEED A LOT OF STEAM and DRIVE AFTER THIS PANDEMIC.
“Put your mask on FIRST!”
PAUSE where necessary. BREATH where necessary. Drink water. Exercise. Take naps. Go to bed. Close the computer. Block off time. Hang out with your spouse. Watch something funny. Take the day off. Go outside.
PREPARE FOR THE MARATHON (not the Sprint).
LET GOD GUIDE.
Change is inevitable, especially during these times of trouble. We try to find solutions to every problem. We improvise to attend to each of our church’s matters. There is no doubt that there will be innovation, change, and transition that we’ll make, but we also have to accept that it will be hard work for us. We just have to remember not to let it overwhelm and exhaust us.
God’s got us!