What happens when ministry doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would?  This year of COVID masks and shutdowns was never part of your plans for your church.

You might feel blindsided by this twist, and it is certainly not what you signed up.  When God called you to be a pastor, it was when people actually came to church and you could see their faces and read their body language to know if they were hearing and responding to the message God had given you.

You might feel like you are drowning with the weight of dwindling offerings, loneliness, differing opinions, and funerals where you can’t even offer a hug.

This is a new season of ministry that seminary never prepared you for.  You aren’t alone if you’ve been thinking about throwing in the towel and walking away.

While we don’t understand why God has (seemingly) allowed our world to be turned upside down, we can trust that He does have a plan; HE was not blindsided.  Do not doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the Light.  God is still God.  He called you to feed his sheep and though He never promised that this journey would be easy, He did promise to never leave you or forsake you.  He is a God who accepts your questions, fears, and disappointments.

Only He can take the shattered pieces of your broken plans and make them into something new.  He is still at work, still creating masterpieces from the broken pieces of your ideal of what ministry should look like.   Just remember what He was able to do with only a handful of dust.