What does church look like during and after this pandemic?

You may remember a post from Jesus Name Network’s Unfiltered blog titled, Stop grandstanding when pastors cancel service. Since then, we’ve seen many churches move to online services and direct nonessential staff to stay home and watch.

It is amazing to see how much good can come from technology. In the early days, church was held in people’s homes. What is happening is reverting us back to early church days. Huge corporate gathers were few and far between in the early church. The amazing thing is that we can watch and participate in church at home during this time. We can still hear what our pastors have to tell us from God.

Fellowship was and still is a pillar of being the Church. We have the ability to talk to each other over the phone, text, and social media. We can even see one another using FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc. Use these tools to glorify God and uplift our brothers and sisters.

We can still be the Church without being at the church house. This is an opportunity exercise our faith. It is an opportunity to do good and be a good neighbor.

Some will say, “This isn’t how Paul and Peter did it in their day! It was from house to house!” That proves my point. Technology has enabled us to not only visit 1-2 houses per day. It has enabled us to visit churchwide. It has allowed the pastor to preach directly into the homes of his flock.

2 things:
1. Remember to give and tithe to your church somehow
2. Participate when church services are online

How does church look after this pandemic?

Honestly, I don’t know. Will the current model of church come out unscathed? Will we see an increase in online viewership? Best case scenario is both. Hopefully, someone will stumble upon a church page on Facebook or YouTube and watch.

Instead of visiting churches physically, people are skipping the anxiety and watching online to see if that church is what they say they are.

There is a case that I personally know where a man and his family consistently watched our services online before they came to church. He told our pastor that and said, “The quality of the broadcast and the delivery was so phenomenal and clear.” That man’s family is now consistently coming to church and involved in our media productions. We have an opportunity to not only present the Gospel, but to present it in a way that Paul and Peter would loved to have had in their day.

There is opportunity to deliver high quality church to the unchurched. I don’t mean so structured that God can’t move. I mean that we can make the broadcast as free of distraction as possible. Then, allow the Holy Ghost to do what the Holy Ghost does. Let the Spirit move without distractions such as bad sound. Sure it can move either way, but we are supposed to set an atmosphere within ourselves and our churches that ushers the presence. We are to praise God, and if we can deliver high quality productions, we can usher others into the presence of God who are not physically present.

There is so much opportunity during this pandemic to launch a huge revival. We just need to embrace the modes that can allow God to move upon all people at home and at church. We can use these tools as gifts to glorify the name of Jesus and let millions be filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus’ Name.

I know there is so much speculation. I know there is a lot of anxiety over this virus, but we have a Father that saw this pandemic as he was creating the world. He will take us through this. Trust him.

I want to leave you with these scriptures:

3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Philippians 4:3-10 KJV