During the Corona virus many Church Leaders face a new challenge of doing Church in a new way. So what will this look like?
Melanie and Kurt Kettner Borough, RTV Presenters and Pastors of the Wave Church in Puerto Banus say it is important to make sure no- one is alone.
Melanie says “In these challenging times, being shepherds of a flock takes on a whole new look with FB Live church and connecting via whatsapp and zoom, we have the privilege of bringing good news near and far - Jesus says ".... My peace I give you.... Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
Other Church leaders say
Look at your core values from a new perspective. Revisit your Church values and purpose and look at that in a new way during this time. How can you continue to reach and also involve your Church members.
Remember that Church is at its core is a community – 1 Corinthians 12.12 says that we are one body with many parts. Involve your many parts.
Can they serve the Church in a new way. Do they have skills you don't know about, time on their hands? Can they post on facebook? Instagram. Can a Pastoral prayer team call Church members to chat with them and pray with them? What ideas do they have?
Perhaps God will open up a new door at this time - a new way to reach the Community your Church is based in. When we ask Him the Lord can surprise us by planting new ideas in our hearts for such a time as this.
Jeremiah 33.3 Call to Me and I will answer and show you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said that church would look radically different at this time and that Christians should be at the forefront of service.
In James 2 14 - 26 says Faith Without Works is Dead- let us be the first to help our brothers and sister at this time and the Archbishop of Canterbury says by this people will know the love of Christ through our good deeds.
Finally Ron Edmonson a former Pastor and now a church and organizational leadership consultant says one thing do is to remind people of the importance of Church now more than ever and to “Remind people to automate their giving”
He writes “I realize this sounds self-serving, the church is always going to be needed. The ministries of the church are vital to our communities and we need to encourage people to keep giving”
As for members, let us remember to pray for our leaders. They are not “on holiday” during this time but trying to reach you and navigate this time in a new way. Psalm 92.13 says planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. That hasn’t changed.
19 Mar 2020