COVID-19: A season for our growth and his glory

Scott Ridout

Former Converge President

Point Magazine // May 2020

Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:15-16).

In these past few months, the whole world has had to pivot — to suddenly alter its course. As COVID-19 spread, it brought fear, confusion and frustration into our daily lives. We’ve never been in a situation like this before, unable to organize further than a week or two ahead. There are many things we don't know, but we do know a few things.

First, we know God is in control. It should be no surprise to any of us that we are experiencing trouble in this world. Jesus predicted it (Jn. 16:33), and James told us to plan for it (Jas. 1:2-4). Our greatest comfort in any time of trial or trouble is that God is not surprised and that he uses these seasons for our growth and his glory.

Second, we know people are looking for answers. Churches of all sizes, cultures and locations are reporting skyrocketing interests in their online services and ministries. Online Alpha groups, watch parties and discipleship groups are forming to create a new avenue to help people meet, know and follow Jesus.

Finally, we know God calls the church to stay on mission. Through two millennia, nothing has been able to stop the church. Wars, world powers, poverty, plagues and persecutions have come and gone, but the church continues to advance forcefully. We are driven by our belief in the truth of the Bible, the necessity of every person to know Christ and the conviction that every person matters to God and needs to hear about his grace.

In this edition of Point, you will see how churches are pivoting to meet the growing needs of our communities. You will see God’s power to use crisis and the resilience of his people to adjust and trust him for impactful ministry. May God give us the wisdom to know the right thing to do to make the most of this opportunity and the courage to do it.

Scott Ridout, Former Converge President

Scott served as president of Converge from November 2014 through August 2022. Prior to that he was the director of generosity for Converge from 2007-2014, concurrently with his time pastoring at Sun Valley in Gilbert, Arizona, for 22 years. He serves on the boards of Axelerate, Bethel University and The Timothy Initiative. Scott also serves the Finish the Task initiative working with denominations worldwide. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1988 and have three adult children, Jon, Ashlyn and David. He loves God, the local church and simply wants to help people meet, know and follow Jesus.

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