It’s been 2 years since the coronavirus first hit the US, and the pandemic is showing no signs of letting up. Despite improved protection from vaccines and booster shots, we’ve all learned to come to terms with the fact that the illness and deaths that came with the virus have become a reality that we must learn to adjust our lives around.
That is not to say that most of us don’t still long for the things we’d unabashedly enjoy from our pre-pandemic lives. While some people miss going to college for in-person classes and others miss concerts, a lot of us miss going to church.
Despite COVID restrictions easing up around the nation and churches re-opening, it can hardly be said that the condition of these church networks is exactly as it used to be. In fact, reports show a sharp decline in the number of US millennials who are associated with the church in the present time compared to the number from several years back.
Right now is the most crucial time for churches to re-strategize and find new ways to keep their clergy, ministries, and other members connected with each other. This will ensure that the sermonizing of Christ’s message and all missionary work can continue unobstructed in spite of limiting circumstances. Here are some ways to stay engaged with fellow church members:
Online and other Digital Resources
For frequent and quick communication, online platforms that allow live-streaming, online meetings and virtual hangouts are the best tools. Bible study groups can continue to meet over virtual platforms like Zoom and Google Hangouts, and sermons can be live-broadcasted on YouTube. If your church has an official website, provide links to downloadable religious resources.
There are countless more high-tech and frequently evolving online tools for staying organized in a digital sphere that you can leverage during this time.
Connect with Other Churches
If you are a small church organization with not many resources at your disposal, you can try connecting with other congregations in your area. This not only allows church communities to stay in touch with one another, but also help one another out when it comes to sharing resources and services.
Support Your Ministries
The pandemic is a time of crisis, and it is very likely that the ministries at your church, especially the ones responsible for social work, are overwhelmed. Try reaching out to them, so you’re able to assess their needs. They may be short on manpower, in which case you can offer them your helping hand in volunteer work. You can also lend them your financial support or offer to link them with other resources.
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