When the pandemic is over let’s not go back to church … let’s go forward.
What if we use this “compulsory Sabbath” to explore an idea: “vine churches,” small, simple mobile fellowships connected to larger churches, or even to other simple churches of similar kind? They would start virtually, but when the pandemic is over, they will come out of this voluntary isolation and meet face-to-face.
The quarantine experience may very well leave a legacy of church life that surprises us. Maybe this lockdown can be the incubator for new churches—vine churches—that are small, agile, and significantly, everywhere.
What if, after the quarantine ends, a church of 500 could emerge as a church made up of 50 interconnected small churches, each ready to live, love and, like a vine, multiply and extend?
And consider this: what if this isn’t the last time we’re locked down and locked out? Next time we’ll be ready with a network of vine churches, small communities ready to survive and thrive no matter what.
We are learning important lessons from this isolation experience. We’ve learned that we can still have access to teaching, we can stay in touch virtually, we can pray together online. Moreover, we have learned we can stay together even when we’re apart and that we can be intentional about meeting. Here are some thoughts about the post-COVID church.
- Let’s use the this accidental COVID Network (church online video network) to give your church a HAND: Homes Available for Neighborhood Discipleship.
- As we anticipate life after the pandemic, let’s become a church with ARMS: Active Relationships Made for Service.
- Finally, we can become a church with LEGS: Locally Established Gathered Servants.
Let’s not just go back to church as it was. Instead, let’s move forward to a church with arms, hands and legs.
If you want to talk more about it, feel free to contact Dan.