As we get to the end of another year, I thought it would be great to share the top 10 ChurchMag posts. Of course this has been a pandemic / COVID-19 dominated year. There are many things that have happened in the world and in church space but those reflections will be for another post. For now, here are the top 10 ChurchMag 2020 posts.[Read more…] about The Top 10 ChurchMag 2020 Posts – Most Read
The COVID-19 pandemic is the story of the year, and it will be the story that defines much of the 2020’s as a decade. It is so big that it is the backdrop of dozens of other stories and the launching pad for enough grievance pieces to give your sixty year-old aunt enough stuff to share on Facebook till she turns ninety.
One particular windmill that these grievance pieces attack is the closure of churches in several states across the US. I’ve seen an unending stream of articles, blog posts, and social media posts arguing that churches must be opened immediately. Even some of my agnostic / atheistic friends are offended by this outrage![Read more…] about Church Is Not Essential: Lessons From COVID-19
It’s March 249th, 2020. COVID-19 has been with us for a long time, now and we have had more video conference calls this month than our entire lives previously.
Will I make it to April?
— Signed: Tired of Pandemics[Read more…] about Are You Tired of Video Conference Calls? [Podcast #321]
With different states and countries in different phases of “re-opening” we talk about going back to school. And there are some thoughts about youth ministry and evangelism. On the overall this episode is also about about the profound impact on a generation, maybe even the one after.
We’d love to know how things are going in your home, district, even city. What are some of your thoughts about school, your children or young people in your church or community?[Read more…] about Back to School or to the Drawing Board? [Podcast #318]
Just over a month ago we started a survey to see how COVID has affected Christians and the role technology has played. How have churches, at least from the perspective of respondents, been affected? We’re naturally curious people and we wondered what sort of trends there might be.
- Has people’s faith been strengthened or weakened?
- What role has technology played in this time?
- What technology have people found the most helpful?
- How have churches leveraged technology during this time?
- What opportunities have been seized or missed?
You are reading a post in the mini-series entitled “When Churches Reopen” which I decided to write when I began seeing that some churches around the world were beginning to reopen. In reading some announcements I began noticing that a lot of them were forgetting a few things. This post focuses on the physically vulnerable.
As someone diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I felt keenly the fact that I rarely saw any mention or call to action for those with weak immune systems. This happens a lot, and most people with any health problems know to take extra precautions during this time, but I still feel that it would be nice to at least be addressed in some way.
Here are a few ways you can take care of us.[Read more…] about When Churches Reopen: The Physically Vulnerable