People are looking for support, guidance, and direction. Use your position as a faith leader to help and support your congregation and community.
- Use or create online platforms to disciple others and to share the gospel.
- Help calm fears people may have by giving facts and positive direction.
- Ask yourself and your team: How can we use this as an opportunity to love others, minister to others, and to share the gospel with those who need it.
Learn and Communicate the Facts of this COVID-19 through the Center for Disease Control website https://www.cdc.gov. This is updated daily.
Here are practical steps that LCN churches are taking (Feedback from LCN pastors):
- Meet virtually and enhance your online ministry via various virtual meeting platforms and social media platforms.
- Mobilize your staff and volunteers to serve in appropriate way in the community. Readjust staff job descriptions that comply with CDC guidelines and still be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community.
- Enhance online weekend experiences. Also helping other local ministries who do not have an online ministry/presence.
- Encourage staff and volunteers to minister virtually in a greater way by:
- Allowing staff to work from home.
- Enhancing prayer for and with others virtually and remotely.
- Sharing scriptures and doing bible studies online and remotely.
- Doing live videos that encourage others.
- Brainstorming other ways to minister remotely to your congregation and people in the community.
- Sharing other ministries and messages on your social media platforms. When you find encouraging and inspiring things, pass them on.
- Sharing videos/blogs that are encouraging and that minister to you.
- Seek appropriate ways to serve others if they are quarantined, older, sick, lacking the means to care for themselves, or are provided food through government programs or community service organizations.
- Encourage the quarantine of older adults or anyone with severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes. That group seems to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
- Encourage the Quarantine of caretakers of older adults or people with chronic medical conditions.
- Communicate daily to your congregation via online and social media platforms.
- Create a FAQ’s sheet on your website and homepage that you update regularly. Here is a great template from McLean Bible Church in DC: https://mcleanbible.org/tysons/coronavirus-update/.
Use this as an opportunity to pray for your people, community, and congregation. Seek out ways to reach out to your people daily, to assess needs, to pray for them, and to enhance your ministry to others.
Please share with our LCN team your best practices, prayer requests, and stories of wins via social media and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will regularly update and communicate your stories via email, social media, and website. We are better together. And the more stories and wins we can hear and share, the better we all are as a network.