But one of the most significant ministries within our own congregation was how the Board of Deacons stepped up their work of compassion and care in the congregation. The Deacons took the first draft of our new membership directory (still in process) and divided it out among themselves, taking care to see that each household in the directory was “claimed” by a Deacon.
The Deacons then began calling their households to check in on people. Partially, this was about emotional and spiritual support; the Deacons realized early on that isolation was going to be a serious pastoral problem for people in this time of staying at home and practicing physical distancing.
And partially, this was about seeing if people had any particular needs that the church could help with through prayer and/or action. As the economic impact of the shutdown began to take its toll, this was of greater and greater concern.
Six months later, the Deacons are continuing this ministry of presence through phone calls, emails, and so on, working to ensure that every member of the church feels valued and loved and connected.