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Start building for your post-pandemic church/business. Don’t let the disruption become a distraction.
When the pandemic is in our rearview mirror, what will your church/business look like?
Back to normal?
I hope not.
I hope that it will be stronger, leaner, healthier and bigger.
Most of your 2020 events may be cancelled but most of your 2020 goals should remain on track.
So don’t be distracted by the disruption.
(Clause: Of course, if your church is directly affected and your members are sick or jobless, then you need to respond to the crisis. But if your church is relatively unscathed, then stay on course. When God gave you that 2020 vision, He already knew about the pandemic.)
I am not into politics but I learned something reading newspapers.
An important long-term geopolitical effect of the September 11 attacks was that it distracted America from China’s rise.
America, distracted by the global war on terror, either did not notice or could not respond to China. This resulted in the rise of Beijing’s global influence, especially in Third World nations.
Viruses are like terrorists… wanting to change our lives as we know it… curtailing our freedoms and imposing inconveniences.
A small group of terrorists but making a lot of noise and hogging the news cycle.
Similarly, if the church allows our goals and progress to be hijacked by the virus, then the devil has won.
As much as we don’t allow terrorism and fear to take away our way of life, the church must not allow this virus to divert us from our goals.
So Pastors, can I be brutally honest? (If your answer is No, stop reading here.)
While it is important to feed your sheep online or on social media with daily devotions, prayers, bible studies and encouragements, you don’t have to become a talk show host, TV master chef, fitness instructor or vlogger.
One or two Instagram Stories/Live of Pastors cooking or exercising is fine but not every day.
Don’t feel under pressure to put something online daily.
Don’t confuse engagement with entertainment.
Don’t be distracted.
Remember—the most impactful things in the world are more felt than seen or heard.
Spend your time at home texting as many leaders as possible.
Paul wrote epistles, we can write emails. I have written so many emails to disciple, encourage and speak life.
Create discipleship chat groups on Telegram or Zoom.
I have been sending voice notes to our healthcare professionals, church builders and other groups.
Pastor Lia has been ordering little gifts/food online to bless and encourage people.
Even my daughter ordered boba tea to be delivered to her group.
There is an overwhelming flood of content and stuff online already. Your church members don’t need another Instagram Live to watch you fry an egg. They need their pastor back.
Start and continue to build your post-pandemic church. I am determined not to miss a step.
We shifted our BMT (Basic Ministry Training for new volunteers) to a training portal.
So when church resumes, we are going to have a new batch of reinforcements.
Faith Essentials Bible Study is also on the training portal.
Discipleships are on Zoom now.
Leaders’ training continues on Zoom.
Follow Up Bible Study Lessons for new believers continues online.
We are busier than ever during this Stay Home time.
Hustle while they hibernate.
Progress while they pause.
Position your church for post-pandemic now.
Look… it’s aptly named COVID-19, because it should stay in the past. Let’s start building CHURCH-21.