Participants in a webinar April 23 discuss steps toward churches meeting again in person.
DULUTH — A Thursday 10 a.m. webinar will continue a conversation among pastors over ministry during the time of COVID-19.
The session, held via Zoom, extends a discussion begun last week over steps toward churches meeting once again in person. As Governor Brian Kemp loosens restrictions around Georgia, congregations will continue to explore an appropriate regathering date. As such, pastors on the panel gave feedback to what they’ve heard and discussed among their leaders as well as responded to questions from the online audience.
Scott Smith, online training strategist for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, said this week’s talk will focus more on the spiritual side of the subject. Last Thursday’s initial call, he noted, showed itself to be a productive sounding board for panelists as well as those watching, with various ministry scenarios explored in real time. Tim Dowdy, lead strategist for Pastor Wellness of the GBMB, will lead the Thursday morning discussion.
“We’re going to go deeper into how God has spoken to pastors during this time,” said Dowdy. “What has God been teaching them? Where are the places they’ve found encouragement? It’s going to focus a little more on soul care – how you’ve been keeping yourself encouraged and what your walk with God is like now compared to before.”
Attendees for last Thursday’s call expressed gratitude for the panelists’ transparency and contributions to the discussion.
“This has been one of best webinars I’ve sat in to date,” said Malone Morris, pastor of Discipleship and Missions at West Acres Baptist Church in Evans. “Thanks for the wisdom and advice!”
“Great wisdom! Thank you so much for your time!” added Brent Willis, pastor of Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church in Ripley, Tenn. Until last year, Willis had been student pastor at First Baptist Church in Thomaston for seven years.
“I appreciate the roundtable discussion! Thank you all so much!” expressed Carl Reimold, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Jackson.
“Thanks for your willingness to share your wisdom and your struggles,” wrote Tommy Freeman, pastor of Plentitude Baptist Church in Gray.
Those who registered for last week’s webinar are automatically re-registered for those coming in future weeks, all to be held Thursdays. New attendees can register here.