In the first post in a two-part series, I posed the question, “Would your church survive a pandemic?” In that post, we looked at practical stuff. How can we make sure churches aren’t contagion enablers. We also did a little exploration on what we could to avoid or enable pandemics. In the post I thought we’d imagine church life through a pandemic. How do we continue with the spiritual formation and discipleship in the wake of pandemics?
I hadn’t heard of the filmmaker Chris Neal before I got an email from him about his short film. He says he drew inspiration from a Reddit comment from a few years ago to tell a fairly well-known parable in a modern setting. With a great cast and high production value, his rendition of the parable is compelling. He tells the original story story of, “Today you, tomorrow me”.
Would your church survive a pandemic? The viral outbreak reminiscent of the H1N1 one in Wuhan, China has the world talking. That, and watching Pandemic on Netflix got me thinking about churches’ potential responses.
There’s what we should do as the Church, then there’s the response of local church communities. Imagine there were restrictions on movement and gathering.
I first encountered Jim Carrey like many as the main character in Pet Detective, Liar Liar, Batman Forever etc. The last few years he seems to be focusing on painting as a form of expression. In this short documentary he expresses his relationship with art. Then, around the 4:15 mark speaks about painting Jesus. The simple, yet profound statements he makes are something to not only ponder but bring into our practice in church tech and creativity. [Read more…] about Painting Jesus – For Church Tech & Creativity [Video]
Stain glass, hymns and other forms of art have not only been worship aids but media. For hundreds of years many people’s faith was enhanced through them. They were and, in some ways are still a part of people’s spirituality. Today, with developments in tech, it only makes sense that apps take the part of these mediums. Devotional apps have found space on the screens of many Christ followers. That’s why I thought we’d take a look at some Lectio Divina devotional apps.
We’ve explored the importance of planning for any church or organization. The cadence or rhythm and culture of planning have also been areas of focus. No church or organization can or will have sustained impact without planning. From a service or gathering, to discipleship, teaching, right through to succession of senior leaders planning is something that will be done over and over again. And, depending on the issue, you need different people. So, with aspect of planning who should always ask, “Who should be around this planning table?”