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Ministry in an uncertain world6 months ago
ReSource Minister and Leader of Telford Minster Matt Beer gets us to look at what is in the land ahead of us in an uncertain world. Do we see giants or fruit; problems or possibilities; obstacles or opportunities? He asks what our perspective is and challenges us to step into the promises of a new land with expectancy and courage.
As I spend time talking with church leaders around the country there have been multiple approaches to the Covid 19 pandemic. Some have moved seamlessly to online services, though zoom, Facebook live, YouTube, and others. Some have turned to the daily offices and have not ‘produced’ something for a Sunday, but have encouraged their churches to see ‘what’s out there’ which reminds me of the spies being sent out into the promised land to see ‘What’s out there’. (Num 13)
The big questions for us are there giants in the land or are there huge amounts of fruit to be found and eaten.
If our perspective is giants - Then we see other churches and organisations who are doing things “Better than us” or we have concern that people will leave our churches and go further afield and join in with bigger, brighter, more production, technological, churches.
If our perspective is huge fruit - Then we see that people who may never have set foot in a church building are being drawn into a relationship with the living Lord Jesus. We see the engagement in faith exploration courses, HTB are starting a new online alpha course every two weeks. Our people who have gone off to spy the land, may come back with new and fresh ideas to what the Lord may call us all into in the next chapter of the life of the church in the Uk.
Well what does that look like? - no one knows……
It doesn’t matter whether we are a mega church in London or whether we have 12 rural churches in the back and beyond. We are all in the same place. We all don’t know, for once we are all in the same boat. I, like i’m sure many of us, have prayed Lord renew your church. And here we have it, although not in the way we expected. Like those spies there is a land of promise ahead of us. It’s a land of uncertainty, it’s a land of the unknown, but it’s a land the Lord has promised.
What is our perspective? Is it, fear, anxiety, excitement, expectant, uncertainty, or even clinging on for dear life.
Our challenge is to step out into the swollen river that lies ahead of us into the unknown land of promise. All Joshua had were the words, be strong and courageous, and I will be with you. (Josh 1)
As we cross the river between lockdown and a new world post Covid. Perhaps the Lord is saying to us….. Be strong and courageous. And ……… I will be with you. Those words give us the comfort and support we need in the challenges that lie ahead of us.