What will happen to my church post covid? Great question. No one can say for sure. The one thing that has already popped up in many churches is this: the magnification of underlying issues that were already going on in your church. The unhealthy stuff that happens behind the scenes now have come to the forefront in some churches.
Here is a list, not exhaustive, but a list that is currently happening, and will continue into the future.
1. Staff relations are in the open now. If there was a staff riff going on pre-covid, it has surfaced and come to the light. The church staff has had to lead, because some of the lay leadership has disappeared into the night. Now we have staff members doing some of the ministry that lay leaders were doing pre-covid.
2. Social media that once was afterthought, have now become a need. If your church frowned upon Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, as a means to communicate, your church has to do it now and do it well.
3. On-line giving is now considered the norm. I understand that on-line giving costs are tough for some churches, but it no longer a choice. The opportunity to give without the hassle of writing a check, or going to the ATM for cash, etc., is of the utmost needs that the church has to offer.
4. The need for volunteers to the work of the ministry has and will increase. The lead pastor can possibly be the only full-time staff member in some churches. Youth, children, missions, financial, and small groups, will be more prone to going volunteer led, if not already the case.
5. Financial giving will continue to decrease as attendance decreases, and others take this opportunity to seek another place to worship that meets the needs of families.
This is just a few and not all that is happening in churches currently and will be part of the post-covid church. I will write in a few days what we can do about these trends in my next blog, so don’t be discouraged and remember Jesus can use you to reset, refresh, and revitalize your church, if you let Him!
Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,
Pastor Larry, certified church consultant.