What’s Next?

Posted: June 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

This week has been a bit of a throwback to my old journalism days. I’ve been out and about meeting people and in the process putting together a video of my experiences. You see, I was curious about how churches have handled the COVID-19 situation, but more than that, I was curious about how the closure of places of worship would change the future of the church. 

So I’ve been meeting church leaders from a variety of different denominations, styles and formats to simply ask what have been the best things to have come out of COVID-19, and how will these things affect their future. I even had a fascinating conversations this morning with my Jewish ophthalmologist who described how the synagogue coped with the closure of places of worship. I have to say that holding “Zoom prayers”, morning and night, every day during lockdown seemed to show a greater degree of commitment than I saw from most Christian churches. 

But what’s next? In my last post, I asked the question was this just a case of pressing the pause button or should we press the reset button that may take us back to the manufacturer’s settings. I’ve been delighted to see that church leaders are asking the question, about whether they should continue with everything as it was, or if this is the time to think carefully about why we do the things we do. 

Hamo’s post yesterday reminded his readers of Phyllis Tickle’s idea (The Great Emergence: 2008) that every 500 years the church holds a giant jumble sale and throws out some of the rubbish of the past. I’ve thought about that a lot and when church doors were closed by a pandemic it made me wonder if this was the time. 

Just before Jesus began his earthly ministry and started a train of events that would change history for ever, he went into isolation for 40 days and 40 nights. 

I’m hopeful that this period of forced isolation will be the start of something momentous in the ongoing history of the Kingdom of God. 

I’ve been putting together a video of the conversations I have had with church leaders this week so watch out for it in the next couple of weeks and be a part of the conversation. 

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