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In his book. The Post Quarantine Church, Thom Rainer makes the bold statement, “Churches that refuse to change will decline or even die.” (p.101) How are you and I as leaders of local churches going to respond to this prediction? Do we stiffen our necks and say no we are not. Do we say we will change with the wind wherever it blows us or do we recognize that change is inevitable?
In May of last year, many leaders felt like once the pandemic was over things would go back to normal. Services would be held without masks, small groups would start meeting as they did before and all of the events and activities that we previously had would be reset.
Almost one year to the day, the world is still in a COVID state. Extreme changes have become the norm instead of the exception. What are we to do?
Thom Rainer offers 7 strategies for coping with the change.
In the post-quarantine era, what will compel the Susan’s of the world to return to in-person gatherings? Among other factors, they will need to see a church that is making a difference, a church that is truly touching lives. And they will need to see consistent action directed outward toward the community. (p.95)
In Rainer’s opinion, church’s that are able to make these changes will be better positioned to weather the COVID storm. They will survive sailing into the future pursuing the kingdom of God on earth. On the other side of the coin churches that push for going back to the way it was before will be ineffective and in some cases sink never to return.
For more information on this timely book, come to our Pastor’s Luncheon on February 10 at 11:45. We will be meeting for lunch at the DBA or you can join us via zoom as we finish a review of The Post Quarantine Church.