Everyone hopes to get back to normal as soon as possible! I’m praying for that! Yesterday, I went by the office to pick up a package UPS dropped off. After working from home for almost two weeks, it felt good to be driving to work. I even stayed in the office to work on an upcoming project for a couple of hours. Aww — normal!
However, we need to be careful what we wish for. In our longing for normal, we need to rethink what normal should and could be. Everything has been turned upside down in church ministry. It would be wise to use this time to reflect and plan ahead as we long to get back to “normal.” Here are a few questions to help.
- How has our church’s online presence helped ministry? How can we continue the things that have shown to be fruitful?
- Now that all programs stopped, which ones should start? Which ones should stay stopped?
- What about our phone calls? Most of our pastors are connecting with their members through the phone. Should we keep making regular calls, especially with our Senior Adults?
- Should we consider doing more work from home? What are some of the benefits? What are the pitfalls?
- How can group meetings using apps like Zoom and Google Meetings continue to unite our congregation or small groups?
- What about our financial health? Should we have more money in reserves? Are we ready and able to go to online giving exclusively?
- How can we continue an outward focus in our community? How do we find real needs to meet in the future?
BEFORE YOU GO
So as we go back to normal, what current changes do we want to become normal? What other questions should we be asking?