During plagues in the past, the churches response was markedly different than what was expected. It was counter intuitive, one might even say a little crazy. The safe, business as usual response might have been to hunker down, or create a way of meeting, secluded from the sick or by separating the healthy so that we can just keep on keeping on with services. But that would be doing more of what we know when times are in the status-quo, its not the radical moves for radical times. Instead of hunkering down and going more inward they became far more outward. While others ran away from the smell of death, the church ran into the cities, to care for the sick, the dying, the poor and needy. What if instead of investing a lot of time into how you ran your online and digital strategy connecting people around your message, you pointed your people to good content from elsewhere with some channel to communicate with one another and you about that content (FB, Slack, Twitter, Team…. etc.). Then instead of the bulk of your time being invested outside of your skillset, you can focus and rally the church toward something distinctly Christian.

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste

What if the response of the church wasn’t spending hours creating mediocre digital experiences and instead we cooked meals for healthcare workers and their families as they come under the strain of this? What if we provided a place that distributed things like toilet paper to vulnerable people? What if we created teams that adopted the sick and elderly to do their shopping, clean their homes, prepare their food and be community to the isolated?

This is an incredible opportunity for the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ to be on display. There is an awful lot of dark. What a great opportunity to push it back with some light.

What if we cared for those that lose their jobs by surrounding them with 10 people who are willing to make some financial sacrifice to carry the burden together? What if we used this time of fear, isolation and sickness, not as as an opportunity to take our churches online, but become distinctly offline, in the community, showing the love of Christ to one another and those around us? What if we took a beat and considered “what does mission in crisis look like”?

What If We Were Light In Darkness

We have an incredible opportunity here, and at the end of it you will either be able to say “I have a bad library of YouTube videos that 5% of my church watched and will never be watched again” or you will be able to say “we took action, and history will remember us as those that ran into the city with the hope, love and message of Jesus Christ”. This is perhaps the single greatest opportunity of the church in our life time to be light in the darkness. To love those who are isolated and share with those who have need. This is an incredible opportunity for the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ to be on display. There is an awful lot of dark. What a great opportunity to push it back with some light. We are literally living through a historical event. It will be spoken about and taught in history. How fill future generations remember the church in this moment? I know how I hope history will remember us. All the best as you prepare for Sunday. Praying for you all.

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