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Lessons a Pastor Learned Through the COVID Pandemic

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As churches all over the world were forced to shut down during the COVID-19 global pandemic, pastors and church leaders had to scramble to find ways to keep their congregations engaged. Among them was Pastor Seth Drewry and his wife Katie of Believers Fellowship in Bellville, Arkansas. Pastor Seth joins Gary Wilkerson to share the lessons he has learned during this unprecedented time of global pandemic.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Pastor Seth Drewry shares his experiences pastoring a small church in rural Arkansas through and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Live streams of worship services were a lifeline during the shutdowns, but they are no substitute for gathering in person.

  • Difficult circumstances, like a global pandemic, sift the church, separating the wheat from the tares, and show who is truly invested in kingdom ministry.

  • In a rural setting, where the population is limited and church attendance might not increase much, a church can focus its efforts on making a positive impact in their community.

  • Through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord showed Pastor Seth and his wife Katie the importance of intentionally discipling and investing in the people who returned after the shutdown, rather than fretting over those who would not return to church.

  • In his church, Pastor Seth emphasizes the importance of learning about the Holy Spirit, being baptized in the Holy Spirit, and walking in the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit.

  • A healthy church is one where people are getting saved, baptized, living holy lives, and sharing the gospel with others.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Matthew 13:24–30; Acts 1:8, Exodus 3:1–10

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

About Seth Drewry

Seth is a graduate of the College of William & Mary in Virginia with a Bachelors Degree in Religious Studies. He attended seminary through the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK graduating with a Master of Divinity degree. Seth serves on the Board of Directors of Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch in Morrow, Arkansas.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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