It is hard to ignore the impact the Coronavirus or COVID-19 has had on the world. Some governments are on complete quarantine, others are only not getting confirmations of positive identifications and looking at limiting the spread of this disease. Within the midst of it, the Church has to step up to the challenge. As a people of faith are not to succumb to the fears of men, but also have a responsibility to our fellow people. Our goal is to bring the hope of the Gospel, not to endanger others because we could not follow simple health instructions. So, how can your church effectively communicate a COVID-19 response?
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?
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.