Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
The world has been rocked by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), causing most normal routines and schedules to come to a complete halt. This new reality has required modifications to schedules, gatherings, work routines, travel and shopping. The restrictions have impacted the usual operations of local churches. We have been praying and asking God for wisdom, provision and creativity.
The church of Jesus Christ was born for moments like this. Historically, God has always equipped His redeemed people to bring hope, help and healing in times of calamity. Many believe, including me, that the COVID-19 crisis is a huge opportunity for the church. I commend the resourceful and caring efforts that our OMN churches have initiated in the last 25 days. The reports and results are inspiring.
“Everyone’s world has changed radically in the last week.And it will likely change even more in the weeks ahead.” Carey Nieuwhof
What adjustments or changes do we anticipate when the COVID-19 pandemic has flattened? What will the new normal look like? Here are five things to do for sure.
This a perfect time to establish more healthy and productive patterns and agendas. Create a new monthly calendar, giving space for personal devotions, skill development and relationships. Reset your attention on the important and not just the urgent, this will bring greater fruitfulness and fulfillment.
Now is the time to sharpen your online efforts. Nieuwhof puts it this way, “Whether it’s your only venue in the upcoming months or not, digital is here to stay. And when people can gather again, many will come running back. There’s nothing quite like face to face, especially after it gets threatened and taken away.” Improving your use of technology will broaden your future ministry reach and open up new vistas.
The opportunities to work with public leaders, schools and first responders are now available like never before. This is an opportune time to increase your participation and influence in your community. People who see that you care, will also be reminded that God cares as well.
This generation desires and longs for mentorship, community and hope. Give attention to being scriptural in presentation, succinct in your thoughts and personal in application. People have questions in moments like this and they are more open to the Good News.
In a world that seems to be falling apart, our mission is more relevant than ever. The methods of how we do church may change, but the mission of the church must remain strong. Make your mission bigger than your methods. This is a perfect time to be prayerfully honest and ask, How can we minister more effectively in times like these? Ask yourself, Is there anything that needs to be modified, eliminated or added as we move forward?
For those in leadership who remain humble and clear minded, there will be a greater sense of trust by those they lead. What the world needs is purpose, hopeful messages and connection. This is our opportunity to take on the future with greater confidence and effectiveness.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.