The point of no return is the point beyond which one must continue on one’s current course of action because turning back is dangerous, physically impossible or difficult, or prohibitively expensive.
We are seeing the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t an event churches can just ride out until everything returns to normal once the corona virus recedes.
Many churches were already struggling before the pandemic and COVID-19 was the straw that broke the camels back!
We will see in the articles linked below the following comments:
“The pandemic has been a load of gasoline dumped on a fire that was already going. The pandemic, and the response to it, has exponentially accelerated this change. There is no going back, there is also no ignoring it”
“Creativity and innovation will emerge out of the requirement to change. This is not a time to be fearful.”
Article: No Return To Normal?
Creativity and Innovation is required!
Most churches are realizing that the landscape of congregational life has dramatically changed, and we must prepare for a very different world over the course of the coming decade.
Prior to the pandemic most USA community churches were plateaued or declining in terms of attendance metrics, had very shallow financial reserves, majority having older pastors and were heavily skewed toward an aging congregation. Many churches had lost a significant number of middle age and younger members to local mega churches that provided enthusiastic and encouraging services which border on entertainment while required little of them their offerings.
The question for these churches are do we restart, refresh, or relaunch? We might even add a forth, restart, refresh, relaunch or die!
Restart seeks to resume life as we knew it, quickly with the assumption that people will return and resume the same ministry model that was in place prior to the pandemic. This approach was most of church’s energy was Sunday focus in own their facility, with very little activity during week except a possibly a mid-week gathering again in your facility.
Refresh means to do some cleanup work and minor touch up work on church structures and programming. Many churches will continue to offer virtual options in the future, however their primary programs/activities will revert back to pre-pandemic patterns as the main focus as soon as feasible.
Relaunch will be required for some churches, but should be considered for many, those that were unhealthy, near death before the pandemic. They must transformed from an inward, Sunday Morning gathering to a 7 day a week outward focused congregation led by Spirit filled pastor.
You do not need to change the message, “Jesus and Him crucified”, but remember also the power of the resurrection!
1Co 15:3 -4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Not only was Jesus resurrected from the dead, He offers life to us and also to the church, local congregations.
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samara, and unto the uttermost part of the earth
Let us exit the pandemic with renewed strength and determination to use the new methods, not new message and reach our Jerusalem’s for Christ!
Article: Restart, Return, Relaunch or Die!
Creativity and innovation under the “resurrection power of the Holy Spirit” is the only way dying churches can be revived and restored. Let us use new methods, not a new message to turn lemons into lemonade.
Creativity and innovation involves at a minimum becoming an outward focused church using all the internet tools that has proved successful and necessary during the pandemic
Also take a look at the following posts which contain suggestions and ideas on how a small local community church cannot only survive, but prosper:
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