I’ve been a little a little worried about people / churches mistaking streaming worship and preaching / teaching for church. Streaming a service, sermon or worship isn’t necessarily church. Gathering, worshipping together and listening to teaching / preaching are a part of church life. They aren’t in the fullest extent church. As we do that, it is important for us to keep in mind that online church is more than streaming.[Read more…] about Church Online Or Online Church Is More Than Streaming
We’ve written a few posts about navigating pandemics as a church. One of the most common asks we’ve received is for tools for churches through the pandemic. Not all tips or suggested tools may be helpful for every church but we hope you’ll find something for yours.
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I’d like to think we know a little more about COVID19 from the time it broke out. As governments issue statements make plans for the growing epidemic, churches aren’t exempt. Because we’re about people and a significant part of living out our faith is in gathering. So how does a church know that it has done enough. I thought a very basic COVID19 response checklist might help get you started in some way.
Politics matter because they impact how we live. None of us are untouched by what happens in society. This would explain why emotions and anxiety can be high particularly during election season. Of course, this might not be true for all people all of the time. However, we can’t ignore their intensity when / as people engage. We thought we’d put together the first ChurchMag politics and elections survival guide to help us navigate those intense times.
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”.