COVID-19: Leading by Leaning on the Word


Steve Hall, Lead Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church talks about leading his congregation and community by trusting and leaning into the Word of God.

". . .it's a good thing that those who are rooted in the word remain rooted and understand that it was good for them to become rooted. And those that were somewhat lacking, now understand why it's important and maybe they'll grab hope."

Resources Mentioned:

Bethany Baptist Church

Breeze

Houston Responds COVID-19 Resources


Transcript:


Tommy Rosson:

Hello, this is Tommy Rosson from Houston Responds and today I'm joined by Pastor Hall with Bethany Baptist Church. They are a great church in Northeast Houston. And he's been a leader in our community for so long and so I'm looking forward to hearing his insights as how he's leading through this time of Covid-19. Pastor Hall, thank you for joining us.


Steve Hall:

Thank you for having me. I appreciate the opportunity.


Tommy Rosson:

Absolutely. Tell me a little bit about the impact Covid-19 has had on your congregation.


Steve Hall:

Well, it's had the impact that it's had on a lot of the other churches. Of course, our people are staying home to be safe. We want to make sure that we help them to understand that particular parameter. And without coming together, that puts a big dent. Worship is about being interactive and embracing one another. That piece is not there. And so we have to find a different way


Tommy Rosson:

During this time where, you know, you've got all these leadership challenges, you've got pastoral challenges of connecting with your body and your body is going through this time of uncertainty. What some of the things that you're talking about during the season?


Steve Hall:

Well, one of the things that we want to make sure that we continue to emphasize with our people is that the word of God is still good. I mean, we've shared the word over and over and a lot of times we hear things that are good for us. It may not take it to heart. It's only when you're in the midst of the fight that you really understand why you went to basic training before you went to battle. And so it's a good thing that those who are rooted in the word remain rooted and understand that it was good for them to become rooted. And those that were somewhat lacking, now understand why it's important and maybe they'll grab hope. And so it's important.


Tommy Rosson:

Okay.

I know you're wanting to do it. Give me some of those scriptures you're leaning on.


Steve Hall:

Trust in the Lord with all that heart lean. Not not to thy own understand. He goes on to say, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path. I love the one that says, all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. I promise you, God has a purpose for everything that we experience and we've got to believe that. I believe His word.


Tommy Rosson:

Amen. Yeah, when you look at this it's a unique time to be a leader of a congregation and to lead the body. As you think about leadership and what that looks like, what are some of the things that you're leaning on and that are guiding you?


Steve Hall:

Thank you for that. That, I think that's important. Leadership, most people don't get it. I think a lot of times we want to be in front and we want to be able to be heard. And leadership is more than that. Leadership means understanding what's good for all that follow. It means taking care of those that God has entrusted into your authority and under your authority as we are under his authority. I say this quite often and I believe it's true. Many times as leaders, we want more for people then quite often they want for themselves. And a leader needs to understand that because quite often people that follow don't truly understand the ramifications of the things that may be coming against them. This enemy is no different than physical enemies. And so the leader has to be wise enough. I'm not talking about street wisdom.I'm talking about wisdom that comes from God, which is why the pastoral leadership must be a called position. And, that leadership must come from God. The preacher must be able to hear from the word of God so that God's people, I said, God's people will be taken care of. I believe that that's important, especially in times like this.


Tommy Rosson:

Well, that's a great word. And I know, Bethany's has been such a leader in this community for so long. What are some of the ways that your church and that you are leading with helping other congregations?


Steve Hall:

Yeah.


Tommy Rosson:

And, why is that so important in this season?


Steve Hall:

You know, it's not because we're so wise or so smart. But God is, God led us some years ago, as he has other church leaders, to use some of the tools that our technology has afforded us. Our leadership, our deacons, our ministers, some of our key ministries, we routinely use a distribution tech system to make sure that we are kept abreast of everything. Just before this interview, I had to communicate with our key leaders about the two deaths that happened within the family structure of members of the church. Those particular pieces of technology was already in place. It shows now how effective and how useful they were. We may have been in training before, but they are useful tools that help us to stay connected. We use a system called Breeze, which allows us to communicate via email to all of our members.


That helps us to understand that as we maintain and continue to keep our membership roles up to date, that we are able to continue to communicate, when we can't come together so that all of our people, not just the leaders, but all of our people are able to connect and stay connected to their leaders and know what's going on. But more than that, these last several weeks we've been able to stream. And last Sunday we were only able to stream, directly without an audience, without our congregation in place. Every church does not have that capability. There are smaller churches, some may not be so small, but with leaders that may not be adept to the technology. We in the Northeast community, we regularly understand what fellowship means. We fellowship one with another. Every group of churches, they have their own little groups.


And that's just the way the community works. Now is the time to put that to a different posture work. Those that we fellowship with, let's share opportunities to stream and invite some of those pastors. And, allow their members to see their leadership. Let them share the platform. Let them preach one Sunday to all that are tuning in. Those are things that we're working towards. Those are things that we're working with, that will allow us to keep the relationship, church to church, and also to bring those congregations and so that they can see their leadership along, with those they're routinely knowledgeable of, so that, that is not lost. I think those are some important pieces that churches and church leaders can share and help each other the way that they've always been just in a different way.


Tommy Rosson:

Absolutely. Absolutely. That's a great word. Anything else, Pastor Hall, as you think through what going through this time is? Any other word you'd have for a pastoral leaders and church leaders in our community?


Steve Hall:

You know, oftentimes we look for a scripture here, scripture there. I find comfort and assistance from the Lord in the life of David. We talk about King David. Certainly he was not perfect as we are not. But David was equipped by God to handle challenges that came. He may not have felt that he was capable or able in some areas. The armor may not have always fit him, that the world was using, but God prepared him. And I believe that the same way that God prepared David, he'll prepare our leaders. Our pastors are capable, they're able. God has equipped them. He's placed them, for such a time as this. And so, my encouraging word is, trust in the Lord. You know, have faith in him. Do what he has called you to do and he'll take care of the things that are not in our hands.


I strongly believe the word of God. I strongly support pastors. I love our church community. Are we perfect? No, not by a long shot. But I believe that, God has equipped us, as I said, for a time as this, and I would encourage any pastor, any group, any evangelical group that is reaching out and wants some encouragement to trust Him, trust Him. Sure. It's okay, wash your hands, make sure you do your social distancing. Trust in our soldiers that keep our borders. We pray for the doctors as they seek cures, but our trust is in the Lord. That's the way it's always been.


Tommy Rosson:

That's such a good word. And especially in, you know, you look at David and his life and the lessons that could be learned from that. It'd be a great time just to dig in to do a character study of David and how that impacts us. I'm so incredibly thankful for your time and your wisdom during this season and I think God has really given you a unique message during this time and I'm so thankful that you shared it with us.


Steve Hall:

Thank you, sir. I appreciate the opportunity. Thank you for reaching out to me and giving me this format. I appreciate you.


Tommy Rosson:

I'm glad to do it. I'm glad to do it. Church leaders, pastors, there are more videos like this, these Faith Leader Insights at HoustonResponds.org/covid-19. Feel free to go to that site and look those up. Or if there's other churches or leaders you want to hear from, let us know. Thank you very much for joining us today. God bless you.


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