Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Spiritual Life

What can stop the Coronavirus?

I’m all in for: 

  • Wearing my mask.
  • Social distancing. 
  • Washing my hands. 

That makes a big difference.

We also need factual and accurate information to keep learning the trends, what works, what doesn’t work, and how to be smart about this crazy season we’re all in.

Some say it won’t be over until there’s a vaccine. There is undoubtedly truth to that, but is a vaccine really the magic bullet? 

I don’t know what God has in mind, but I am confident that He loves and cares about people and can shut down the Coronavirus by speaking even just one word. 

What I do know is that prayer is our best, strongest, and most powerful weapon against this world pandemic. 

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Church online is awesome.

It works.

But so many are saying, “It’s just not the same as being there.” 

And while others would say, “What do you mean come back to church? I never left; I’m online.

Others are owning that they are beginning to drift.

Here’s our message. The doors of the church are re-opening, and we welcome you.

When you are ready.

Some have personal concerns that we need to honor along with their sense of timing for when they’re ready to return to church in larger gatherings.

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Early in March, the prevailing thought was that we’d all be back in buildings for church services by May.

Very few expected the COVID pandemic to go this long.

It’s now May, and only a handful of churches have reopened at very limited percentages of their normal seating capacity.

Some churches are working on plans for reopening in June, still limiting their seating, and many will not reopen till July or August.

One of the major existing questions is, Are your people ready to come back?

How many are ready?

Surveys will help, but it’s more like refueling in flight, we have to move forward to get real answers.

This elongated waiting, combined with so much unknown, is wearing on leaders.

It’s difficult to lead when moving forward is so encumbered.

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There is nothing “good” about COVID-19.

But what good can come from it?

Instead of only hurting us, how might it help us?

I’m seeing some of the good; you probably are as well.

Easter 2020 was like no other before. The buildings were empty, the message was online, and millions of people heard the good news of Jesus Christ.  

This could possibly be the largest reach ever. Prayers continue for millions of salvations world-wide.

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