Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

Church online is awesome.

It works.

But so many are saying, “It’s just not the same as being there.” 

And while others would say, “What do you mean come back to church? I never left; I’m online.

Others are owning that they are beginning to drift.

Here’s our message. The doors of the church are re-opening, and we welcome you.

When you are ready.

Some have personal concerns that we need to honor along with their sense of timing for when they’re ready to return to church in larger gatherings.

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Early in March, the prevailing thought was that we’d all be back in buildings for church services by May.

Very few expected the COVID pandemic to go this long.

It’s now May, and only a handful of churches have reopened at very limited percentages of their normal seating capacity.

Some churches are working on plans for reopening in June, still limiting their seating, and many will not reopen till July or August.

One of the major existing questions is, Are your people ready to come back?

How many are ready?

Surveys will help, but it’s more like refueling in flight, we have to move forward to get real answers.

This elongated waiting, combined with so much unknown, is wearing on leaders.

It’s difficult to lead when moving forward is so encumbered.

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There is nothing “good” about COVID-19.

But what good can come from it?

Instead of only hurting us, how might it help us?

I’m seeing some of the good; you probably are as well.

Easter 2020 was like no other before. The buildings were empty, the message was online, and millions of people heard the good news of Jesus Christ.  

This could possibly be the largest reach ever. Prayers continue for millions of salvations world-wide.

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Easter is just around the corner, and it will be like no other in our lifetime.

None of us could have anticipated or predicted COVID-19, but it did not catch God by surprise. That does not suggest that God set it in motion, but that He is still God, and He is with us.

There have been countless forecasts about how severe or how long it will go. Those who focus on health seem to talk about severity, and those who focus on the economy seem to talk about duration. Both elements are essential.

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