Many churches are scrambling to find suitable ways to stream or deliver content to their members. Some are finding that their existing streaming system is inadequate in empty buildings. While content delivery is okay, and it is advisable to have something online as an anchor point for the church, it is, in my opinion, more advisable to make sure that connection between church members and church leaders happens, and happens regularly. Folks who feel disconnected and anxious need to be able to check in with church leaders and other members. Here are some ways this can be done:
In my opinion, there is too much focus on churches delivering content without a corresponding focus on connecting members. Most of us cannot compete with large, very professional churches. This is fine for a couple of weeks, but if this crisis goes on for any length of time (a month or more), this response is inadequate. We need to be prioritizing mission and ongoing discipleship, rather than creating a culture of "church service watchers." We need to be the church right now, which doesn't stop just because we're socially distanced from each other.
I would love to help any of you flesh some of these things out, especially if you are interested in discipleship or are a church leader who knows you need to do more but isn't sure what to do. Please reach out and let me know what you need, and I will do my best to help you.