Erin Holmes is a pastor’s wife and the founder of Treasured Groups – “a small group ministry designed to bring women together from all churches and denominations.” In this episode, she shares how Treasured Groups can provide a simple yet effective way to connect with the women of your church and community through the Word.
Jessica Parnell is a pastor’s wife in Las Vegas who is passionate about the Word of God. I’ve been watching her rock the online Bible study thing since the pandemic turned everything upside down and I invited her to chat with me in the Facebook group about how she is making it work. It was so good I decided to add it as a bonus episode for the podcast!
Kelly Cushman and her husband serve as the Family Life Pastors at their church in Ohio. She RADIATES joy as she shares about her pastor wife life! I loved chatting with her about how she juggles ministry plus a full-time job and does it with such enthusiasm! Also, she and her husband experienced one of the scariest things that could happen to someone and she tells the crazy story in this episode. (So be sure and listen until the end!)
What does your prayer life look like in this season of the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s more important than ever that we pray for our churches and Stevie Ciske has some great tips and inspiration on how and why to pray as leaders.
Heather Conley is a pastors’ wife and mom of two in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In this episode she shares how they made the transition to lead pastoring in the midst of their 13-month old daughter’s cancer diagnosis. She also shares how God taught her to say “no” to unrealistic expectations and be who He created you to be.
We are experiencing an unprecedented (at least in our lifetime) event as this episode goes live. As pastors’ wives, we are stepping into a whole new arena of ministry and as a popular meme says, “and just like that, we were all televangelists.”
We are learning more than ever before that the Church is not a building and we are finding new ways to connect with our people. The creativity of Church Creatives around the world has lit up the Facebook groups I’m in and I wanted to share a few ideas on how we can continue to minister in this crazy season!
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but I asked the ladies in the Pastor Wife Life Facebook group how they are connecting with their people and communities and I’ve compiled some of these answers right here.
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Ministering in the Time of COVID-19
1. Provide lunches for healthcare employees. (Andrea Z.)
2. Send out a daily text with a prayer focus for the day. (Julie M.)
3. Create a private Facebook group for your church family. (Julie M.)
4. Feeding kids in the local community. (Julie M.)
5. Feeding parents at the local children’s hospital. (Julie M.)
6. Zoom Meetings (Nicole C.) Zoom is a video conferencing app that allows you to meet virtually and it’s a fun way to connect. People are leading Sunday School classes, Bible studies, small groups, youth gatherings, discipleship, etc. The possibilities are endless!
7. Phone calls. Yes! Actual phone calls. (This is way out of my comfort zone, but I’m making myself do it!) A lot of our older members aren’t comfortable texting and some don’t do social media at all so a phone call to them means so much! We divided our church directory between the staff and leadership and are all making phone calls to our congregation.
8. Post Bible stories and lessons for kids. Many churches are posting quick videos from their children’s pastor or directors. LifeChurch has a ton of free resources available. Other companies have waived their copyright restrictions to those who have purchased their curriculum.
9. Provide a packet for kids with worksheets, crafts, and other things to go along with the video lessons. Drop them off at homes.
10. Coronavirus Caroling. One of our members, Jenna, posted “this past Saturday, myself and a few other ladies went ‘coronavirus caroling’. We drove separately to people’s homes from our church family and sang hymns to them from their yards (a responsible distance apart). I can’t tell you how many people stood on their porches in tears singing with us. It was very moving.’
11. Post a video devotional from your staff. Our church is doing this. We are rotating through the staff and posting a 5-minute video with an encouraging word from Scripture.
12. Create a YouTube playlist of songs that focus on faith and the goodness of God.
13. Create a Spotify playlist of songs that focus on faith and the goodness of God.
14. Post a daily Bible Break with a specific chapter/passage to read and ask a few questions to help people dive into the Word.
15. Post a live worship set from your worship leader.