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2020: A YEAR OF STRUGGLES & DIVISION

Being a presidential election year, church leaders came into it already dreading the divisive days ahead. Add to that a global pandemic and the ensuing shut-down of public gatherings, and the stress levels started to skyrocket. Add to that the recent racial conversation happening at every level and, well, you should definitely be praying for your pastor. Both Blake and John have been busy being resources to church leaders during these uncertain times. Blake has been on countless Zoom calls with groups of pastors and other leaders, exploring ways to hold congregations together and helping churches “pivot” effectively in how to stay connected. John has become quite the expert in two specific legal areas for churches: (1) the Paycheck Protection Act and (2) the local and state regulations on public gatherings. Suffice it to say, 2020 has brought lots of surprises to churches, and that has meant lots of surprises to Christian Unity Ministries as well!

The message God has had for and through Christian Unity Ministries throughout this season has been Psalm 46:10. Be still and know that He is God. It has been a message about hope as well as a message about seeking God’s face in the midst of all the turmoil. For our ministry, we have seen this time as God giving us all a “hard reset” just like when you turn your computer off and back on in order to get it refocused. We are grateful to God for that and are very much looking forward to whatever He has in store for us next!

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