Strong Church ~ Strong Connections
Welcome to the STRONG CHURCH ~ STRONG CONNECTIONS resource page. Like many other South Carolina church leaders you are wondering how it is possible to stay connected with your church, small group or Sunday School class during these challenging times created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Well, you have come to the right place. Our goal in creating this resource page is to offer both help and encouragement to anyone, pastor-staff or lay-leader, serving in a small church or leading a small group.
In order to provide structure for the resource page, and to allow users to go directly to their areas of interest or responsibility, the page has been divided into four sections: General Resources & Admin; Children’s Ministry; Student Ministry & Adult Ministry. Please check each section daily as we will continually add new helps and resources to all four focus areas.
As you lead in the coming day, please allow us three observations about the social distancing that seems to be so disruptive to our fellowships:
#1 - Social Distancing Does Not Mean Relational Distancing.
What it does mean is we will have to think more intentionally about staying connected. You will find several suggestions for using technology in the General Resources & Admin section. If you are intimidated by technology, you are not alone and there is some good news. Our fancy cellphones can still be used to make phone calls. Who have you intentionally contacted by phone today? (Physical distancing would have been a much better phrase...but no one asked us.)
#2 - Don’t Let Perfection Hinder Connections.
Everyone reading this is in unknown territory. That means anything we try may not go exactly as planned the first (or second) time. Please do not let fear of failure prevent the attempt of something new. The goal is staying connected with those we lead. As we use new resources, there are bound to be a few bumps in the road.
#3 - Be Strong and Courageous.
Take a few minutes to read Joshua chapter one. Joshua was given the challenge of leading a very “challenged” group of people to possess a land they had little interest in acquiring. The encouragement Joshua received in chapter one, is the same encouragement offered today. Be Strong and Courageous! Please know that the Church Strengthening Team is praying for you, and is here to offer both help and encouragement as you lead well in “challenging” times.