The last three weeks have been extremely different in ministry. Those who were antagonizing the use of internet for church service must have learnt otherwise. Those who claimed that there’s nothing like e-church must have seen not only that it works but that it is quite effective in reaching millions of people around the globe.
It only proves that we as Pastors cannot continue to limit our thinking to what we are use to and limit the possibilities of great things in ministry. I once spoke with my Pastor in 2019, the great man of God, Pastor Enoch Durotoye. As we spoke, I Reiterated that the phase of ministry was changing but the change that came in this year is quite drastic and caught many Pastors unaware.
Earlier this year, I was discussing with of my fathers in the faith and I told him my plan to open an online Bible college. The plan is to make it purely online. He disagreed to an extent and I understood his point but what we have now has proven that things have changed. The recent change that places almost all Pastors on the internet is too drastic for a lot of churches to handle especially those in rural areas.
Pastors must learn that the church cannot be stagnant. Church is not grown by methods and ministry is not done by following patterns. Every church and ministry is unique in their own very nature with respect to the time in which they function and specific assignment given. Follow the methods God gives you. Joshua and Moses led the people of Israel but their ministry and leadership tactics were different. Some people even follow methods they neither understand nor know the reason for it.
So, if you are still saying you can’t hold service online, well you are doing yourself more harm than benefits. Your congregation will listen to thousands of Pastors already holding the online service. So, while you’re resting, God will simply replace you with those that are ready. Remember that God will ask you about your assignments. I hope you can tell God you neglected his people because of coronavirus pandemic. The choice is yours, whether to fail in your assignment or succeed.
All Pastors must be like the sons of Issachar. Each Pastor must know the seasons and what is expected of them. It’s not enough to know what is expected but to respond in timely manner and do those things without holding any part back. Only ministers who can do that, will have a meaningful ministry that will strike a chord both in Heaven and on earth. Please be guided by the Holy Spirit. This season is highly sensitive.