This narrative case study provides an in-depth look into the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic from the perspective of an assistant pastor with a small African American church in an urban city. His story indicates that the pandemic had both positive and negative effects on the pastor’s ability to carry out his role of pastoral care and ministry. Some positives were the results of new technological adaptations that helped to improve members’ consistency in attending and participating in weekly services. Some negative effects imposed by COVID-19 was the revelation of imbalanced relationships and a lack of trust in God. The pastor shared how he struggled with trusting God to provide financially for him and his family when the ability to work was taken away. Through a renewed trust in the Lord and re-examination of familial responsibilities, his faith and family connections strengthened. Additionally, this pastor shares his personal and community plans for moving forward with a renewed vision and new wisdom.
Hooker, A. D. and Talbert, Camille S.
"COVID, Church, & Cuts: A Single Narrative Case Study of Pandemic Impacts on a Bi-vocational Pastor & Barber,"
The Journal of Faith, Education, and Community: Vol. 6:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/jfec/vol6/iss1/3
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