I wrote about the crisis facing our churches earlier this week (you can read that here). I mentioned church leaders have an incredible opportunity to lead during such a trying time in our world. I think that this trying time can change churches moving forward.
I don’t want our church to simply go back to “normal.” I want to have learned through this season and I want our church to come back better than it was before.
Here are a few things that the current crisis can change about the church:
1. Be Intentional about diversity
Every church wants diversity. I say that hoping that every church leader wants it. If you don’t, you probably shouldn’t be leading a church in 2020.
The recent racial tensions in our world should make every church in the world think through diversity.
Diversity doesn’t just accidentally happen. It happens on purpose. It happens because the church leaders have a vision for it.
Use this time as an opportunity to be intentional about it. Take steps toward unity and diversity in your church.
2. Continue to be innovative
Every church has had to be extremely innovative during this season. I mean our church did not have a youtube page and now it does, and it is pretty impressive.
Our church had never offered online groups for community and now we do.
Our church had never worried or spoke to much to the online audience on Sunday, but now we plan to.
The point is, we all had to rethink things within the church months ago, and it required some innovative minds to come up with what we have done.
Don’t let that stop. Let’s not go back to normal church. Let’s stay innovating long after this crisis is behind us.
3. Love everyone
The thing that Jesus references the most that will distinguish Jesus followers more than anything else is the way that they love their neighbor. It isn’t our music preferences, our political stances, or our style. It is LOVE.
I hope that all of our church leaders return ready to love the community in which it lives. Love the poor and the rich in the community. Love every race of people in the community. Love educators, health officials, nurses, and first responders.
4. Continue to put effort into online church
We are living in a digital age, and I think all church leaders need to recognize that when things go back to normal that online church is a way of reaching people.
When things go back to normal, we do not need to forget about online church.
You have built an online audience over these last few months. Some members but others who aren’t.
Continue to communicate with them and focus on them.
5. Continue to be personal
Life is about relationships. We have not been able to see people regularly, but I bet church leaders called more people and texted more people over the last 13 weeks than they have ever before.
We stopped worrying too much about the weekly programs and focused on the people who attend our programs.
This needs to continue.
I hope that I still pick up a phone and call/text people in our church weekly long after this is over.
I don’t want to leave the 2020 crisis (all of them), and be the same. I want to be different. I want to be better. You should want that as well.