Many people have proven very resilient and resourceful! A revitalized mindset is changing the way we do ministry, as it is no longer solely about the pastor or people coming to the building. It’s the church families and laity who have sensed the urgency and picked up this need to walk with others with intentionality. “How do we stay connected? How do we care for people through the isolation?” The body has risen to the occasion and the change in emphasis is exciting! As well, there are those who’ve never darkened the door of a church being ministered to online. There is great potential for growth!
However, there are certainly some major challenges facing the church as well. Perhaps not the ones you’d expect. They are not external, they are within. There is a clamor resulting from people holding polar-opposite ends of the spectrum of opinion. Demanding and impatient, on both sides. This domestic “war zone” has got to be the toughest obstacle in the current situation. If our congregations were unified and rightly focused, our pastors and communities would be ENERGIZED instead of growing weary. We need to check our hearts.