The unexpected rise of COVID-19 impacted our world in unanticipated ways. The pandemic presented many challenges for church plants and planters as well.
While the closing of schools and theaters — where many churches meet — was an unforeseen obstacle, flexible planters and their teams worked tirelessly to find different ways to connect with their growing flocks and continue the work of what it means to be the church. Nearly all of these churches have found some place to land when some semblance of normality returns.
Planters are often creative, and the requirement of flexibility found churches learning new ways to continue to grow. Whether it was online worship gatherings, digital discipleship or an increasing reliance on prayerwalking, 2020 was a crash course in learning new things to keep the body engaged and the new church on track through a difficult season.
The challenge of COVID-19 also presented new churches with an opportunity to minister to their communities in different ways. The cautious, socially distant culture that is our current reality has really forced planters who are building a team to be creative.