How does your church see this COVID moment?
On a recent webcast by the Barna Group titled “Caring for Souls in a New Reality,” panelists posed the question, “Is this an interruption or a disruption?”
An interruption means that this is only a temporary interference in our lives, and things will be back to normal. The longer this goes, the less persuasive this idea is, yet mentally, many people are still here.
A disruption requires more of a pivot to lasting adjustment. It means that the way we have done things may be incomplete for this season and beyond. Should there be some permanent adjustments to the way we do ministry?
The church has a timeless mission, and accomplishing this mission today will require timely methods.
Leaders have lots of questions about how to lead and love their congregations well during this period. Amid the countless uncertainties, two things are certain — the church has a timeless mission, and accomplishing this mission today will require timely methods.
The newly launched “Reimagine” project website, ReimagineNC.org, seeks to help church leaders apply New Testament principles to present-day modes of church practice. While we must not surrender the core teachings found in a biblical theology of the church, we must learn how to innovate our practices in order to uphold what is timeless in a timely way.
Throughout the ReimagineNC.org website, you will find resources and tools to assist you in every ministry of your church. For each ministry, timely recommendations are made on how to address today’s reality. In addition, other resources are offered to help churches address tomorrow’s possibilities. Each section also includes an introductory video and contact information for state convention staff.
Will you dare to reimagine how your church can carry out the mission of God in light of our current reality? Will you allow God to fill you with reflection, critical thought, innovation and creativity to impact lostness through new disciple-making means?
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