New Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary video series helps ministers live their calling amid COVID-19

New Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary video series helps ministers live their calling amid COVID-19FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — “Ministry Now” is a new video series featuring interviews with faculty from The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to help ministers live their calling “in an ever-changing ministry landscape,” especially due to COVID-19.

The series is hosted by Katie McCoy, assistant professor of theology in women’s studies at Scarborough College.

New episodes of the series air every Thursday at 10 a.m. Central on Facebook and YouTube. The first episode premiered May 14 and featured Dean of Women Terri Stovall speaking on the topic “Leading from the Second Chair.”

A second-chair leader, Stovall explained, is one who has a significant leadership role but is nevertheless under the authority of a “first-chair leader.” First-chairs include the senior pastor of a church or the president of a seminary, while second-chairs include a church’s student minister and children’s minister or a seminary’s faculty and staff.

Focusing the conversation on the global pandemic, McCoy noted that “every church, every ministry, every family is going through a time of unprecedented transition” because of the coronavirus. “We still don’t know what life is going to look like on the other side of COVID-19,” she said.

Stovall stressed the need to daily ensure “that my feet are grounded in the assurance that while change is constant, God is consistently constant.”

“I don’t want us to shy away as leaders in speaking about the losses,” Stovall said. “There is a time of lament that’s going to come out of this. … But we do it with hope and with a view to the future to know that God can still do His work,” Stovall concluded. “And we put words to that.”

Future topics for “Ministry Now” include re-opening churches in a post-COVID-19 world (with Chris Osborne, professor of preaching and pastoral ministry) and ministering to people’s needs (with adjunct faculty and former missionary Rebekah Naylor).

Source: Baptist Press

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