The Status Quo has just disappeared. Churches are reinventing themselves. Two key things are driving this:
1 Pushed by the isolation requirements of COVID 19, there has been a rush to ‘doing church’ on line. This has been welcomed by some and proven difficult for others. Like it or not, going online is probably here to stay.
This in turn, has put pressure on local church finances, the viability of property and the ratio of clergy to laity.
Nieuwhof also noted that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has fast-tracked the digital shift in many churches, and predicts that “growing churches in the future will become digital organisations with physical expressions, not physical organisations with a digital presence.”
2 The political and economic outlook which in recent years has been kind to churches, is undergoing upheaval.
Planning for Change
Change will be different for everyone. Diversity will flourish.
c) Communicate, listen, communicate, listen, communicate.
d) Explain why.
e) Clarify misunderstandings and address rumours.
f) Be positive.
g Lead by example, be a model.
h) Learn from churches which are doing well, talk to other leaders.
When Planning to Return to a More Familiar Church Routine:
Tony Willis, Assistant (retired) to the Anglican Bishop of Wollongong, shared their 3-step procedure for enabling a safe return to gathering as a church community. Follow link
From Together for the Illawarra
In addition to the dozens of ways the local churches and organisations are reaching out to neighbours, community, schools (and even ships!), ‘Hey Neighbour!’ is a new initiative to empower and help churches to love their community. We are looking for 20 churches who’d like to partner with this project as well as local organisations who would like to be involved.
We’d love to invite you to join us at the Hey Neighbour Info Session over Zoom on Wednesday, 3rd June (1-2 pm). We will be expanding on the vision for this fresh project and answer any questions you might have. Hope to see you there!
“Don’t Miss our next Ministers Together Zoom this Wednesday, the 3rd of June, 4:00-5:00 pm. This meeting is open to all ministers in the Illawarra who are passionate about unifying as one body to practically meet the needs of our region.
In these Ministers Together meetings, we like to hear and encourage one another as the Body of Christ here in the Illawarra.
If you have any particular topics or needs that you would like to discuss, please let us know by Tuesday 5pm on email (follow link)”
“Pat Steele shared with us about the Hope Story Challenge, a fun and interactive online initiative aimed at reaching young people with the gospel. The vision is to reach 1 billion people with a witness of Jesus in the month of May by sharing a 60-second testimony of how Jesus saved, restored, transformed your life followed by an invitation for others to do the same.
To check out some of the Hope Stories shared or find out how you can share your Hope Story as well Follow link“
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