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 will of God is the starting place for our response to all of life’s events—the bright ones and the dark ones
Before COVID-19 reorganized our lives, I had agreed to preach on Easter at a church which translates their services into multiple languages. For that reason, they asked for a manuscript in advance to assist with simplifying the translation.
While Jehoshaphat was facing a potential military defeat from a foreign enemy who was closing in on Judah, he called out to God saying, “We will stand before this house and before you, for your name is in this house, and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save” (2 Chron. 20:9).
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.