By Aaron Babyar
The following article is in partnership with SRS and was originally published via supportraisingsolutions.org.
This incredible time we are currently living in has given those of us who are fully funded (or mostly so) a special opportunity. This article is intended for this particular audience in this particular time, because I want to unpack an idea about gaining new contacts. This idea in no way supersedes normal and primary ways to connect with ministry partners, it is just utilizing this moment in history.
Currently, there is grim news. At the time of drafting this article the daily Covid19 statistics seem to worsen daily. Watching the stock market is like staring at a profile view of a roller-coaster under construction. A lot is changing, and few things seem settled other than the promise of Psalm 103 that God is still very much on His throne. What a comfort! Praise the Lord.
The goal of ministry partnership is about so much more than finances. It’s about sharing in the work of the Great Commission, and inviting others into engaging with God’s purpose of bringing glory to His name. Within this slice of developing history, untold millions are experiencing some form of “intentional or required sheltering in place” at the behest of medical professionals and/or their government. It’s shocking, unnerving, and almost surreal. Daily routines have changed dramatically. There is also something else quite unique about this moment in time that we might consider to be encouraging news: Most of those practicing social distancing have begun utilizing technology and virtual gatherings in ways that were largely impossible before now. Consider the implications of that. This new wave of digital connection might be a special time which provides you with an uncommon and increased opportunity of access to new people for sharing about the vision for ministry God has laid on your heart.
If you are like me, you probably have some contacts who are active in various sorts of church or Bible related Community Groups, Men’s Groups, Women’s groups, etc., – that are based around the common goal of seeking God. In many cases, these groups have moved their meetings online. What if you were to procure an invite to share at one or two of these online meetings, and you took the opportunity to proclaim God’s love, our hope in Him alone, and a bit about your ministry vision and work? You could do this from wherever you are in the world, so long as you have decent internet speed to your phone or computer. And you don’t have to gather the audience, it’s already been gathered. What an incredible time!
I don’t like being too prescriptive in how to approach something like this, so allow me to say that you don’t have to do things exactly how I would do it. However, see if you can follow my possible progression of prayer, thoughts, and action. Always remember to be sensitive to where people are in this current state of the world, remember your goal is to share the encouraging word of God, and remember God is always calling people to His purposes.
What are 5 things I would do if I was considering sharing online with a group of probable Christians, that were mostly strangers to me?
Seek Him first, listen well, and be bold for His glory!