The COVID-19 pandemic has turned ‘normal’ on its head. It has closed businesses, cancelled schools and scattered churches. Many of us feel as though our worlds, and our ministries, have been picked up by the ankles and shaken. As we have scrambled to find our feet, we’ve had to look for new ways to do ministry, and we wonder how long this will last. You may be filled with uncertainty about the future. You may not know how to move forward with any measure of confidence. Maybe you are questioning whether you should scrap everything you\’ve ever done and initiate a complete reset on your kids ministry strategy. You’re not alone. These are common reactions in this time of stress and uncertainty. During times like these, we need to encourage one another and lift each other up. As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” While we cannot control the circumstances, we can choose to respond in faith, not fear.
The truth is, we do need to re-evaluate our strategies in light of a changing not-so-normal normal. We do need to question what we should continue to do and what we need to do differently. But we need to be careful not to do so out of timidity. Let’s take care not to throw out the things that make our ministries strong. We need to consciously purpose to build our ministries on unshakable ideas that will help them remain strong no matter what circumstance comes.
The Lifeway Kids leadership team has identified 10 attributes to help you build your kids ministry on an unshakable foundation that will hold strong no matter what circumstances arise, so you can lead with confidence, even in uncertain times.
Chuck Peters is Director of Operations for Lifeway Kids. Before his role at Lifeway, Chuck had an extensive career in television and video production. He is a 3-time Emmy Award Winning producer, director, writer and host. A graduate of Columbia Bible College, Chuck, and his wife, Cris, have served vocationally & voluntarily in Student and Children’s Ministry for many years. They have four amazing children: Tally (21), Tristen (20), Tyson (14) and Tate (11).