It’s no secret.
2020 and 2021 completely changed the world as we know it.
And in the midst of a global pandemic, we’ve seen and experienced many ministry-related challenges.
But the church is alive, and the need around the world for people to know Jesus has—maybe—never been greater. Thus, this blog is intended to provide a starting ground for your ministry leadership to discuss what church will look like post-COVID (however that may be defined). We hope that it inspires conversation and keeps us all on mission, together.
Post-COVID church isn’t a competition.
As is the case with any change, there are early adopters and then there are laggards. Before we dive into helping you facilitate conversation about what a post-COVID church will look like, we wanted to make sure we reminded you that post-COVID church isn’t a competition.
Instead, we hope these questions lead to unique and personalized responses—not competitive ones.
1. What is the role of the capital “C” church?
Whether it's providing resources, sharing experiences or challenging each other in terms of “what’s next,” the capital “C” church is being utilized differently during the COVID-19 outbreak. And while these examples are somewhat a function of our strength in numbers, they also serve as a reminder of the importance of our ministries being connected.
Like we mentioned above, post-COVID church isn’t a competition. Instead, it’s an opportunity to lean on other ministries in new ways.
With this in mind, it’s important that you ask this question: What is the role of the capital “C” church for our ministry?
2. Are we doing our very best to connect with our congregation and community?
When news of the pandemic first broke, the way we “do” church changed in an instant. In many cases, we needed to hold church services from a distance, utilizing technology as a medium for fostering connection. And while many ministries have taken this time to adapt and expand their technological abilities, it’s important that we also assess the quality of connection we’re creating.
Just because technology is functioning at a high level doesn’t mean that connection is being fostered at a high level. So, it’s important that you consider the depth of connection you have with both your congregation and your community.
Because of this, it’s important that you ask this question: Are we doing our very best to connect with our congregation and community?
3. What does health safety look like for us, and how do we communicate its importance to our congregation?
For many of us, the COVID-19 outbreak has opened our eyes to the importance of health safety in our places of worship, and the reality of those who routinely worship with us who have underlying health issues. As your congregation members start to physically come back to worship, it’s important that your ministry put together a health safety plan to make sure that everyone is, and feels, protected.
So, what does health safety look like for your ministry, and how do you communicate its importance to your congregation?
These past two years have been challenging to say the least.
Our hope is that these questions will be the starting point of further discussion, preparing your ministry to operate in a post-COVID world.
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