On this page the pastoral team will share what we are learning and what our trajectory will be going forward.
During the first days of the crisis, Lead Pastor Isaac met with the staff to begin planning to take our services and ministries online. He also created a New Hope COViD-19 Task Force. This team consists of individuals who represent various sectors of society: Educators, Law Enforcement officers, Business professionals, medical personnel, Pastors and Social workers. He asked for their updates and input at various intervals throughout these past 9 weeks. Their perspectives have proved to be invaluable to Isaac and to the Church Council as we adjust to the new normal.
Isaac also asked our pastoral team to join him in prayer and fasting. You see, we are not only a Non-Profit Organization that needs to plan for this unprecedented disruption. We are a spiritual body of believers that is being led by the Holy Spirit for the mission that has always been ours: Helping People Find and Follow Jesus.
In addition, Lead Pastor Isaac has been in conversation with our Foursquare District Leadership. They have been very helpful and have clearly communicated an expectation that all Foursquare Churches remain in compliance with the restrictions guidelines that are in effect right now.
Because Jesus, by His Spirit, is leading us forward, all challenges we face together are not only surmountable, but full of opportunities for us to be strengthened. No circumstance deters us from our mission to help people find and follow Jesus.
In response to this crisis, we turned our attention to 1 Peter. Peter’s words have guided us. Let us remind you of what Peter has said and what is happening among us:
1 Peter 1:6–7 (NLT)
6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
God cares so much about his mission to seek and save the lost that he will use a difficulty like this to deepen our faith. Let me assure you—as uncomfortable and frustrating as it is, our faith is being refined. In what may seem like loss, we have been given the great gift of transformation.
As Jesus followers, we are asked to see this season with spiritual eyes, not just with our physical eyes, but to discern the world as it really is, an epic stage upon which the war between good and evil is being waged. Our great adversary is still seeking to destroy us. Although He cannot stop God’s great plan to reconcile the world to himself, he can create confusion and division. He can destroy the unity of the church, if we get distracted from trusting and following God.
We, the pastoral team have been seeking to look at this season with Spiritual eyes. Here are SIX touchpoints that we have discerned as a group.