Moving Forward

I was recently reading an article on good leadership questions. One of them was so fitting for the season we find ourselves in, and it spoke to me personally. The question was: “What does this season give me the opportunity to do now?”

What a great question. It has the power to alter the course of a dark and uncertain season. We can all too easily experience anxiety and an overpowering desire to get back to the way things were. But then we might miss what God has for us now.

Ephesians 5:16 tells us to be wise by making the most of every opportunity. So, I have been asking this question in many areas of my life, especially as campus pastor in Springville.

Resuming in-person worship at Springville Crossing has been good but also not what any of us expected, or hoped, it would be. We are seeing about one third of the pre-pandemic attendance each Sunday. So, talk about an opportunity to yearn for things the way they were! What has kept me from obsessing over how to get more people in the doors?

Well first, I trust in God. I have no doubt He is still in control and still desires people to come to know Him. And I remember that He has invited me to be on mission with Him. He is stretching me right now to seek Him more and learn how to reach and strengthen people in this season. It also helps me to remember that my role (and yours!) as part of the church is to introduce people to Christ and journey with them. While weekend worship is important, it is not the be-all end-all. The opportunity I have now is to more deliberately and closely minister to those around me. Acts 2:42 says this of the early church: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

So I have worked with Ministry Partners here to launch three new Community Groups to do just that: pray, fellowship (safely), and dive into God’s teaching. These groups have amazingly filled up despite the smaller Sunday morning attendance. I can already see this bringing life and growth to those in these groups. If it had not been for the quieting of life in this season, I am not sure these groups would have worked as well. But it really started with asking the question: “What does this season give me the opportunity to do now?” I bet there is an area of your life that would benefit from this question. Try it. I will be praying for you! 

Keith Clark
Springville Crossing Campus Pastor