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Pastors - These Ideas Are Worthy Of Your Consideration
April 26, 2020, 2:00 PM

Pastors, as you and your church begin giving thought as to how you are going to reopen your church facilities, I hope you will look at this and other free resources we have listed on our Middle Florida Baptist Association website.  IT WILL NOT BE BUSINESS AS USUAL when you reopen.  At least it shouldn't be.  It is interesting to note the similar themes and ideas found in the variety of 'reopening guides' we have posted.  Here are just a few:

1- Life and ministry will be different.  You should not expect to simply pick-up where you left off.  The world has changed.  Churches must demonstrate their relevance by adjusting their methods without adjusting their message.  So what changes are you planning to implement?

2- Now is an ideal time for churches to cast off old practices that are sustained by tradition but not by need.  If your church has done without something for 6 to 8 weeks, you have to honestly ask yourself, 'Just how useful or effective was that?'  Now is the time to focus on the truly important work of the church.  

3- Look at your community to help you identify what you need to remain focused on as you reopen.  Your focus should be on the needs of your community, NOT the preferences of your members.  Christians (the members of your church) are called to sacrifice their own desires to meet the needs of others, especially the lost and unchurched who live around your church building.  

4- Build on your use of technology.  Many eschewed the use of Facebook, YouTube and other new technologies until all of a sudden they NEEDED these things.  But look at the tremendous impact these newer technologies have had since you began to implement them.  If you make a bit more effort, your impact can be even greater.  You can hold meetings by Zoom.  Members can donate on-line.  There are many other ways you can use technology even MORE to help you accomplish the work of the church.  

These are just a few of the common ideas you find in most of these 'reopening guides'.  WHY IS THAT?  Because they are true and helpful and worthy of your consideration.  Please hear that again:  THESE IDEAS ARE INDEED WORTHY OF YOUR CONSIDERATION!  


 


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