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What Just Happened??

By Jo Arkell | 3 April 2020 | Comments (2)

Every area of life is different to how it was a month ago. Despite there being many difficult things to come to terms with – I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to hear some positives from people. The BBC reported a few weeks ago that there has been a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, for instance.

But what is the biggest change for the Christian world? And what is our opportunity to turn this for good?

While we’re all being told to stay at home, Church just got kicked out of its building. We all know that Church is not a location or an activity we do once a week, but now we have been forced to put our money where our mouth is. This could be the radical change we have been waiting for!

How has ministry changed for you? Maybe some of you are finding yourselves with little to do now as you can no longer have the same contact with others. Or maybe ministry is busier than ever as you seek to still connect with people in this new way of being.

One of our individual recipients, Luke, had started a film ministry with the aim to tackle the tragedy that 84 men in the UK commit suicide a week as well as the problem of the number of men in the church continuing to drop. His plan was to bring men together, using film as a springboard to facilitate conversations about real life issues among those both inside and outside the church. With so many stuck at home, Luke is now taking this ministry online, with people watching in their own homes and then having a discussion using Houseparty afterwards. He is also planning to hold these film sessions more frequently as there is a greater appetite for connecting with others and also for something to relieve the boredom!

So here’s the question… what new opportunities did God just bring to your doorstep? What new ways of working for him can you embrace?

If you are a Stewardship Individual Recipient account holder, hopefully you received our email explaining that if you are unable to work your normal hours due to COVID-19, we are happy to continue making payments to you as normal over the next three months. In the meantime, I wonder what changes, if any, can be made to enable you to still meet the goals of your mission. We’d love to hear your stories of how God has changed your ministry.

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Just to add, we know that for some, this chaos has brought immeasurable challenges. We stand with you in prayer and trust God for the way forward.

Posted by Jo Arkell

Jo works in the Individual Recipient Team at Stewardship. She lives in East London with her husband Dave, four sons and their dog. She likes running, swimming, tap dancing and sitting down.

comments:

Tim Moyler

April 7, 2020 11:30 AM
Hi Jo,
Thank you for your excellent article. I fall into the "busier than ever" category! Thanks to the incredible commitment of our supporters over the last few years, we were finally able to launch the exciting new Living & Telling course for small groups last autumn, to widespread acclaim. At last, churches had a course to encourage and equip every Christian to share their faith, particularly those who really don't want to do it!
However we are now in this new situation where we can't meet in each other's homes, but the felt need for that training is greater than ever. Thankfully, Living & Telling can work superbly using platforms such as Zoom. But we have several weeks of hard work ahead until we are ready to launch "Living & Telling Online". As ever, it will be free of charge, but we need the prayers of our supporters, to get this 100% right, and under an obvious time pressure.
So... that is how God is already changing our ministry! The future remains uncertain but we still have the best news on Planet Earth! We want to encourage every Christian to be part of living out, and speaking out, that good news helpfully and naturally, as a way of life. Please pray for us.
God bless you, and God bless Stewardship!
With much love and appreciation.
Tim & Angie
Agapé UK

Christine Daniel

April 21, 2020 9:52 AM
Thanks Jo. It's certainly true that lots is changing in all aspects of life and ministry.

We - FamilyLife, part of Agape UK, are busier than ever. Partly that's finding fresh ways to do ministry online eg running virtual 'Together' Bible based marriage groups using zoom (wish I had shares - haha). It's also about trying new things, like webinars (exciting)

It's certainly challenging to connect people with what's already there eg our Toucan app in a world that' getting digitally overloaded.

We know that the need is great - for marriage support and the Gospel. How do we best help people hear about what we're doing?
Warm wishes, Christine

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