3 Ways to Prepare Your Church for that New Post-Quarantine Normal
Let me make the understatement of the day : the local church experienced disruptions in 2020.
In the church where We serve as Lead Pastor, we’ve seen and felt lots of disruptions. I know you have seen and felt disruptions in your church. But my optimism is certainly high right now for 2021. Why? First, I know the biblical truth that the cathedral will continue no matter the particular opposition (Matthew 16: 18). Second, I am seeing a hunger and desire from those inside my church.
While we are not completely out of the pandemic yet, the trajectory is going in the correct direction. As my confidence believes this trajectory will bring us to our brand new normal quickly, I sat down with my chapel leadership team last night to talk about how we prepare for this new normal. We came up with three areas where our church saw the most disruption. It’s these types of three areas that I think need the most preparation now.
We lost a lot of volunteer roles throughout the pandemic. A lot. Since we have been a normative-sized church, the impact was greatly experienced. And that was to be anticipated. It makes sense that people would have worries about serving on our Pleasant Team or in our Children Ministry.
As we begin to get into a new season as cathedral, we want to reengage our volunteers. Here are some quick steps we plan to take:
- Communicate the need and vision for offering.
- Make sure we have safety in mind for each volunteer role.
- Request volunteers individually if they are ready to serve again.
- Ask volunteers where they are comfortable serving right now.
- Find/create new functions for some volunteers that are not really in direct contact with other people.
The way we did church was disrupted (which inherently wasn’t a bad thing) last year. Our process of assimilating new people to the life of the church required a major backseat. We are refocusing our assimilation process and it will not look the same as it did before.
The one major change we are seeking to initiate will be moving from a process-driven concentrate to a person-driven focus. We want to make certain each person that comes into our church doesn’t flow by way of a process but gets a direct connection to someone already within the church.
Outreach and Evangelism Renewal
Here’s one thing meant for my church that I know: our new normal is not going to include “business as always. ” I am dedicated to see the new trajectory include a restoration in sharing the hope of Jesus. As it stands right now, we are going to begin praying for our neighbors this spring and summer. We intend to launch a version of Pray and Move . It just makes sense in order to pray for our neighbors in the contactless way right now.
We will reach a new normal. The optimism says sooner than later.
How is your church planning? How is your church reengaging, refocusing, and planning for restoration? Don’t wait to prepare. Prepare yourself now to share the hope of Jesus to a globe that desperately needs this.
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