What a year! We began the year uniting with believers of all ages and backgrounds in a Roaring Twenties Fast, calling out to God for an Awakening in our world. Many churches had similar emphases. At that time, I don’t think any of us quite expected what we are looking at today with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Times like these provide the opportunity for the church to minister to their community and for the love of Christ to be revealed.
COVID-19 is affecting public health, global markets, and everyday life around the world. How should we respond as a church? Our response should not be one of fear, but faith. Faith that Christ is our strength, our wisdom, and our healer. He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). As a church, we must first turn to prayer. Psalm 91 assures us that God is our refuge and protection; pray this Psalm over your city and congregation.
While we live by faith, we must also take practical measures to care for those who have been entrusted to us. This includes guests to our facilities, the elderly, and our community. Here are things to consider in the coming days:
- Share your concern and compassion with your church family. Let them know you care about their health and well being and are taking appropriate measures to make sure your facilities and children’s areas are clean.
- Develop contingency plans in the event that you need to adjust your services. How would you adjust if our city banned large gatherings? How should you handle communion? Should you refrain from handshakes or hugs?
- Be prepared to minister to those in need. Can you assist the elderly by purchasing groceries for them? How can you help those whose income has been affected? In all situations, we should be prepared to show Christ’s love.
In the midst of great uncertainty, we know that our God is “our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble” (Psalms 46).