…the prudent give thought to their steps. Proverbs 14:15

The recent “stay-at-home” and “shelter in place” directives have forced all of us to consider new methods and approaches to doing ministry. There is coming a “new normal” and it will require significant adjustments and alterations in how we can best lead.

I believe this will be one of the greatest opportunities for The Church and we must be prepared to catch the wave of this “God moment.” It will demand that you and your church leadership team be prayerful, prudent, and practical in how you enter into the post-corona season.

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways… Proverbs 14:8

When the restrictions are slowly lifted in the coming weeks and months, a big mistake some will make is to simply “reopen” before they have “reset.” That is not the wisdom that Solomon gives to us in Proverbs 14.

“Wise leaders will know we cannot in one moment switch to “full-throttle” normal. Not only will we need to identify what our “new normal” is, but also to phase into it slowly, discerningly, and intentionally.” Gene Roncone – Rocky Mountain Ministry Network

As your Network Lead Pastor, I want to provide some effective coaching points to assist you in the process of resetting before you reopen. I invite you to begin to pray with me about what the future should look like. Over the next three weeks, I will be coaching you in four practical steps to prepare for the “new normal.” Here is my first coaching step.

STEP ONE: ASSESSMENT

The very first step to take this week is to honestly consider and evaluate your current ministry approach and methods. The reason is things have changed quickly. For various reasons, life will not return to normal. Social distancing, grief, stress, and even online services will require us to honestly evaluate all we are doing. You are not going to return to what was, but now will be faced with a “new normal.” We must ask ourselves what has changed and what is no longer necessary or needed? Call your team and leaders to a time of intentional prayer about the future. Then together use this assessment tool.

  • Green Light – Identify what is actually working well now.
  • Blue Light – Identify what is essential for the future.
  • Yellow Light – Identify what is now weak and will need attention.
  • Red Light – Identify what is no longer needed in the “new normal.”
  • Orange Light – Identify what should be added that currently is not being done.

Invite trusted team members or key leaders to assist you in this evaluation. This assessment is vital to being prepared for the “new normal.” Remember, the methods of man are not sacred, but the mission of God is. Start this week with this first step.

Be sure to look to our OMN website, Facebook or coming emails for the next three “Vital Steps” in the coming weeks. The days ahead may be overwhelming, but be assured the Holy Spirit will provide wisdom, strength, and creativity as you move forward.

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” Haggai 1:7