Conference Relationships Aid Pastors during Pandemic
Regional Conference Minister Howard Keim’s normal pattern had been to have a monthly hour-long conversation with the pastor of each congregation he serves. When the pandemic crisis began to build he contacted each of them individually and noted that they were doing things a bit differently but all had ideas that might benefit others. After suggesting that they meet together, the group of 5 pastors is now meeting biweekly via zoom.
All of the pastors in this regional group have expressed appreciation for the ability to process with and resource each other. Pastor Jeff Blackburn says, “Howard’s regular contact with me and the cluster of pastors west of Wichita has been a lifeline,” and David Roth commented, “we are able to provide encouragement for one another as pastors, sharing creative ideas.” Howard says, “So far the pastors seem to have really found it helpful. Just hearing each other name common problems and getting reassurance that there is not one right way seems to be helpful. We also have a mix of younger, more tech-savvy pastors and more experienced relational pastors and they are able to help each other. These pastors represent a range of theological views, and our focus together is on how best to serve our congregations and encourage each other.”
We are thankful for our SCC Regional Conference Ministers as they continue to resource pastors and congregations through the uncharted territory of how to be Church in this time of social distancing.Posted on April 29, 2020 in Weekly Word