In the past few years, much of our work has gone digital. We plan events with digital registration forms; we send emails about ministry news, etc. I’ve been around offices where if their computer stops working or the internet is out, someone will comment: “I can’t do my work now.” If your ministry work is based on having access to technology, then you’ve got the wrong idea of ministry.
One of the challenges that a lot of ministries are facing during COVID–19 is what it looks like to serve our people virtually. Our minds tend to gravitate toward providing more content–Bible Studies, updates, activities, things to keep our minds busy and engaged with the Word.
But the hard truth is that our people don’t need more ‘content’ right now. That’s not to say that what a student minister is creating is just ‘content’ during this time. Still, it’s undoubtedly different, creating video-based content for home viewing vs. building relationships during Life Groups, etc. One of the things that all pastors and ministry leaders need to recognize is they provide more value than just information. They are bridges for community and relationships.