“Faith over fear.” Many of us have heard the phrase, seen the logos, and maybe even used it as a battle cry in our personal lives. It’s a phrase that requires a posture of trust, especially in this season where we may doubt God’s work in our lives is even happening.

As the summer comes to a close and a new school year is quickly approaching, I have been thinking about that phrase and what comes next for the Student Ministry. I believe this is a time to do a new thing. Many of us are still grieving losses—past, present, and future.

If you are like me, “Zoom fatigue” is a real thing and the thought of meeting on screens instead of in person for the foreseeable future just sounds awful. We are living in a reality with an uncertain future that will require something from us.

I believe that those things are a plan and the ability to pivot.

As we look to meet the challenge of what Student Ministry looks like in the months ahead, I want to assure you that we are focused on making disciples, loving people, and serving. That goal hasn’t changed; and knowing that goal helps us with the plan.

What is the plan? I don’t know yet, but I assure you that George and I, with the help of the Student Committee and COVID-19 task force, will have one soon. We will be taking into account government guidelines, the findings of the churchwide survey, and the church’s policies and procedures. And we’ll be communicating this plan with students, parents, and volunteers in a timely manner.

We’ll also lean into some creative problem solving by thinking missionally and acting strategically. We’ll look for opportunities among obstacles. This is a time for innovation and adaptability. Most importantly, we will do all this under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. After all, we are a people of great and unstoppable faith and we are being called, in this hard season, to do the work of carrying on. To help with that, may we be able to look back to seasons where we took this posture of trust, seasons where we stepped into believing God and the work being done in this ministry.