Recently in a forum for church leaders, the question was posed:
How long should the church close if/when someone tests positive for COVID-19?
It’s a question that all organizations are wrestling with as the nation attempts reopening and the numbers of cases continue to climb.
But what if this is the wrong question to ask?
Ministry looks different that it ever has before, and has left many churches feeling like they're behind the curve, wondering how their church will even survive the coronavirus crisis.
Here's the good news: it's not too late to build a church that will weather COVID-19.
The guest experience really starts before they pull into the parking lot. The first impression that happens on Sunday has been influenced and informed by what happens on the other six days of the week. Is your church ready to make a great first impression before your guests even set foot on your campus?
Recently I was part of a discussion with a pastor who sent an email to his membership asking where they wanted to grow spiritually. Two days later there were no responses.
Starting up a Guest Ministry can be such an exciting time. The church staff is excited about the vision, and you’ve got big plans and a handful of dedicated volunteers.
We don’t have to tell you that volunteers are the lifeblood of the church. Our ministries wouldn’t be nearly as effective without those volunteers that give selflessly of their time and talents for the higher purpose of reaching hearts for Jesus.
I recently attended a church service where a pastor admitted they have always taken the perspective of “people are responsible for themselves. If they choose not to engage and participate, it’s not our problem.”
The New Year is a great time for your church leadership to meet and set goals for your next year of ministry, and to lay down the framework for how those goals will be achieved.
Thanksgiving is an odd holiday for most churches. It’s always on a Thursday, not based on anything other than American history and culture, and not really celebrated beyond the day itself (unless you count crazy Black Friday shopping).
We need to be mindful that we have guests in our worship services.
Many guests have no context for what they’re about to see, hear, and experience inside your church. Here are some tips for making a guest friendly experience that doesn’t remove the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in your church.