In this unique time of no in-person worship gatherings, I’ve been encouraged to hear how well pastors and other church members have innovated to provide worship experiences and stay in touch with one another.
The gospel has guided Christian response to plagues for 2000 years. When plague ravaged Carthage in 250CE and Alexandria in 259CE, Christians in those cities risked their own lives to care for the sick and dying.
At times like these, it can be easy to overlook those who are difficult for us to communicate with—and that includes the Deaf.
Church members who have sat in the same pews for decades have had to navigate to Facebook, YouTube, or Zoom to participate in worship. Pastors who are skilled at speaking to a room of congregants have had to become instant tech experts and Instagram influencers.
You don’t have to look for new ways to communicate with young people; you just have to figure out how to use them.
Online education is not simply watching a video and church shouldn’t be either.
Sometimes we forget how important a quick phone call, text, or written note directly from the pastor or church leader can be.
During this chaotic time, church leaders must help members engage with Bible reading, teaching, preaching, and thinking. Thankfully, in our technological age, there are plenty of ways to fulfill this task.
Historically, online education has had many of the same concerns facing churches right now.