r MINISTRY IN A SEASON OF SOCIAL DISTANCING THREE MAIN PRIORITIES 1 Go deep with God 2 Stay connected to as many people in your ministry as possible 3 Serve the most vulnerable in our church and community GO DEEP Our #1 need during this season is to be daily filled with the Spirit and the Word of God so that we are ready to be active participants in what He is doing. We cannot stress this enough—do not waste this moment. Above Disney+ or browsing social media, or even time with your spouse/kids, prioritize time with the Lord early in your day and as often as you can throughout your day. We need to hear from the Lord and to be empowered to accomplish His purpose during this unique time. STAY CONNECTED Below are some minimum expectations of our staff team during this season: • Send 5 hand-written notes to people in your ministry every day. • Make contact with 10 individuals or more through text message or phone calls every day. ■ Focus first on key leaders, dream team members, small group leaders, etc. ■ Ask questions to find out if/how this season is impacting them professionally, relationally, and spiritually. Pray with them when possible. ■ Encourage leaders to make contact with group members at least once a week. ■ Engage with your people on social media more than you normally do. • Think creatively about how to keep your people connected to God and one another (Zoom online groups, Facebook Live prayer gatherings, online devotional materials for families, etc.). SERVE THE VULNERABLE This season is an opportunity for our church to shine brightly with the gospel through tangible demonstrations of care and service. Coordinate with your campus team to do the following: • Call church members that have indicated “I Need Help” through the website to pray for them, discern key needs, and coordinate follow-up. • Contact church members that have indicated “I Want to Help” through the website to connect them with opportunities to meet needs we learn about during the week. • Call all church members that fit within the vulnerable/“at risk” category to discern needs and pray with them. In these phone calls, encourage individuals not to go to the grocery store or other settings where they may be around a lot of people. Ask specific questions that highlight how Cross Church might be able to serve them (grocery shopping, servicing their car, and other tasks during this season). • The majority of individuals indicating a need have resources to pay for these items. The primary assistance should be shopping for/ delivering items to them. If they don’t have financial resources, assemble and deliver an “essentials” grocery bag from the “Feed the 479” ministry. • Be ready to assist “Feed the 479” in bag assembly/delivery as needed. • Creatively consider other ways to meet needs and serve our community (help with childcare for hospital workers, host homes/ supplies for international students, service to medical professionals, birthday drive-bys, etc.).

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