COVID-19 — A Reagent
COVID-19 Has Been A Reagent!
COVID-19 been a game-changer, impacting all shades of Christian ministry.
- Christian camps
- para-church organizations
- church planting
- international missions
- Christian Education
- Christian colleges
- mission trips
AND . . . .
- local churches
COVID-19 has also been a REAGENT!
A reagent is a substance that is added to another substance which is being tested. The reagent is looking to triggering a reaction. That reaction reveals something about the substance being tested. A reagent is aimed at producing a reaction, usually visualized by change in color on a test strip. Reagents are used to determine blood glucose, ketones, pregnancy, chlorine, and now the well-known COVID-19.
COVID-19 was a crisis mixed into American life and living. It triggered a reaction within the Christian community and within a variety of ministries. Perhaps, that reaction was most visible within the local church setting.
COVID-19 has been a reagent
— a detector —
of the thinking and attitudes of the hearts
of pastors and leaders in the local church.
Actually, a good number of revelatory reactions have taken place. For some local church ministries, there were striking disclosures as to the thinking and attitudes of the leaders and leadership in church ministries. As previously stated, the brightest test strip was the first on the list. I am sure there are more that I have listed, but this might be a sampling of some of the varied-colored test strips which showed up and continue to appear.
There was . . . .
√ far too little interest in keeping in contact with members.
√ a lack of ministry creativity as to how to handle the new challenges.
√ an initial priority on financial survival.
√ a diminishing of preaching-teaching God’s Word.
√ the pitting of fear against faith.
√ a new or renewed political focus in preaching which accompanied the politics of COVID-19.
√ a readiness to charge the government with persecution.
√ a new discussion as to the right of ministries to disobey the law.
√ the exciting of the waters, instead of the calming of God’s flock.
√ a propensity by laity and clergy to propagate “tin foil hat” theories.
√ more “membership” movement to other local church options
√ a new openness a live-streaming and a disinterest in attending by church members.
√ a “rending” & twisting of Scripture in order to fit the times — prophetically and institutionally.
√ a survival mentality instead of a serving mentality
- What changes would I make in local church ministry if I were still pastoring a local church today?
- What would I do if I was starting a local church today?
- Where have some of the greatest. mistakes been made by others, which can alert us to those pitfalls?
- Who has been the most successful in navigating the COVID-19 waters?
- What will the local church ministry look like six-months from not, one-year from now?
- What must we do to still be effective in ministry months from now?
- Will we as a local church survive this in a way that still leaves us as a local church ministry, effective, or will be be impaired for years ahead?
- What can still be done to correct course and avoid some of the damage that is around the corner?
- What changes to ministry might we be forced to make?
- Is there one new avenue of ministry we need to add to be more effective post COVID-19?
Feel free to push-back !
We don’t have to agree, but as believers, we do need to
THINK why we do what we do.