1. Communication:

  •  People are sheep and must be led. They need to hear the voice of the their shepherd. Be sure they hear from their pastor and his/her voice of faith and confidence in God.
  • People still have their normal life problems, plus the added fears that are genuine.
  • Be aware of information overload, so keep your updates brief and on point.
  • Stay in touch with staff and key leaders. Zoom and other digital platforms are good.
  • Create casual chat options for people to connect casually, in a lobby format.

2. Giving:

  • This is certainly on the minds of every leader and demands a proactive approach. Online giving through mediums such as PushPay allow people to give from home.
  • This is an opportunity to instill faith in our people. Giving demonstrates faith over fear.
  • Church is not a building but a spiritual family. We give to God’s church.
  • Be intentional in creating moments for giving with a 60 second counter during the online service for people to give.
  •  Not everyone speaks the digital language – so don’t overlook some of your biggest givers. Send a newsletter and include a giving envelope to be mailed to the church office.

3. Care:

  • Call elders and check on them.
  • If a need is presented, find a way to meet it.
  • Communicate with community leaders indicating your church is ready to assist in any way.

4. Encouragement:

  • We might consider an email to every member that includes a video message, a link to give, and a word of encouragement.
  • We believe the church will be stronger, more equipped and more intentional to continue strong connections when the pandemic is over.
  • Dr. Brassfield encourages us to take time to meditate on Psalm 34 – “I will bless the Lord at all times…” “He delivers me from all my fears…” Etc.
Notes curtesy of Pastor Tim Estes, New Life Church, Siloam Springs, AR