“Digital Ministry”

At this point it is pretty clear that ministry is changing. For the time being, face to face ministry is now face to computer, or cellphone, or TV screen. Even with my own enjoyment of technology I will admit I wish it were not like this. However, this is the best option we have right now. Through this transition remember to be kind to your Pastors and Ministers. They are venturing into unknown waters and comparing how one church does something versus another may be more of a hindrance than a help. Different churches have different skill sets and resources. They are doing the best they can with what they have, same as always. So keep them in your prayers, this will be stressful for them.

Despite these headaches, all around us we see churches creating live or recorded sermons. Ministries that have never recorded their sermons before, let alone live streamed, are re-evaluating how they do ministry. We are seeing the living representation of why Christians have persevered for so long. When we are persecuted, we spread out to all nations. When we are hated we show love. When we cannot meet, we find a way to meet any way. This is good for the church as it changes the way a lot of churches will engage with a new generation as well as the old. No other time in history has the ability to be together with out being together been so readily accessible. The question is, have you been using that advantage?

Christ centered podcasts, YouTube channels, and services like RightNow Media have been around for years. Before all of this, did you use it? If you did, did you share it with Christian and Non-Christian alike? Ministries can keep posting videos, blogs, sermons, podcasts, live streams, etc., but if each of us doesn’t actively engage with it and share it. Then the fruits of all of the ministers working tirelessly, losing sleep over the health of their flock, is being wasted. The seed isn’t being sown over the whole field with out this component.
Content creation is only part of it. It falls on all of us to still continue to stay connected and grow. After this all passes, will you have found new resources to connect to God? Or will you be more disconnected than ever before? We are all still running a race and each of us must continue to push ourselves more than ever before.

How can we each do our part? There are many options but here are a few.

For those who have more free time.

  1. Study your bible. Creative, I know, but it takes less time than that Netflix marathon. It has a more lasting impact as well. Here, start with Mark 1 and read a chapter a day until your self quarantine is over. Throw in 2 extra days to finish it out.
  2. Call up some friends and see how they are doing. Ask how you can pray for them. If you can play a game online together do that. If you both have battleship, that works over the phone too. Get creative in this new form of fellowship.
  3. Share the content that will help you and others grow in their walk with Christ. Here’s one I will share (link)

For those who are working like crazy. Here are some things you can know.

  1. We are all praying for you. Whether you work in the grocery store, hospital, or any other essential service right now. We appreciate the work you are putting in.
  2. You are on the front lines of Christianity right now. You are the city on the hill, the representation of what Christ is. Don’t hide where your joy and hard work comes from through the stress of it all.
  3. God is in control. I can’t imagine what you are going through, and I won’t pretend to, but I know he is with you. He loves you and doesn’t wish that you would have to be in this situation, but He has given you this opportunity to show the world what His love looks like. Be the light that the world turns to.
In summation I leave you with this passage, 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Nicholas Riley – Campus Minister