by: Paul Stagnaro
For Jesus, it was all about relationships
Every aspect of Jesus’ ministry was relational. To Jesus, relationships were not a strategy; it is who He is.
I believe one of the things we have discovered during this Covid-19 season is rediscovering people. We have all missed what was normal, the physical connections, the handshakes, the hugs, the time spent together without the worry of being or getting infected.
We used to say, without much thought, that people are important. But now Covid-19 has shown the importance of those words. We miss each other.
The challenge Calvary Alameda has is to be relevant in its effort to nurture relationships.
Every ministry should have the ability to build and maintain relationships. Not just at the staff level but down to those they minister to and outward to the non-believer.
The challenge is this; in everything we do, are relationships starting or growing.
We all are waiting anxiously for the Covid-19 pandemic to end. But there are ways you can develop and nurture relationships beyond your immediate family.
Think beyond the box. Think beyond a phone call or a video chat. What could you do?
Send a handwritten card or note. Handwriting your card or letter shows that you took the time and made an effort to connect. Have flowers delivered for no reason other than to show you are thinking of that person. If you can, send an inexpensive gift card, for example, $5.00 to a coffee house.
Invite someone to pack lunch and meet them somewhere outdoors—for example, a park, or a lookout point. Call someone to join you on a walk, a run, a bicycle ride.
Jesus was all about relationships. Let’s not allow the Covid-19 virus to stop us from starting and growing relationships.
You can contact Discover Discipleship at email@example.com or call Pastor Paul at 510-521-1943 Ext. 105