Pastoral Team Asking for Prayer
COVID-19, Planning our Next Steps
The last few months have been crazy, to say the least! Our regular ministries have been derailed, and ministry (as we once knew it), has been changed for the foreseeable future. With that said, that doesn’t mean we have to stop ministry. As the pastoral team has already said a few times, True Life Church isn’t a building or a particular ministry – True Life Church is all about the people living out our mission! And many of you have continued to carry out that mission, even though we haven’t gathered together.
True Life Church is simply a life-giving church dedicated to reaching the unchurched, the uncommitted, and the undecided and helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ.
We know that meeting together is a huge part of that mission; however, we also want to be responsible as we all navigate the re-opening process. Unfortunately, faith-based gatherings are at a high risk of transmission (should the virus make a second appearance) and our government has laid out some significant guidelines for conducting faith-based gatherings. As a result, the pastoral team is prayerfully planning and navigating how church ministry will look in the coming weeks and months.
As Christians in a democratic society, it is both our right and responsibility to carry out church ministry while respecting and obeying government authorities. It’s a healthy balance between knowing and understanding what Paul wrote in Romans 13:1-2 and carrying out the important and vital ministry of believers as described by Luke in Acts.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
We must obey and show respect to those governing us while carrying out our mission in new and creative ways. We can do both! Luke wrote how the early Church described what was vital about ministry and how they devoted themselves to certain things (Acts 2:42):
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
In the verses that follow, Luke described what it all looked like in their context — experiencing the Spirit’s work and healing, generous giving, gathering and worshiping together, and sharing in their faith. Yes, it involved a lot of face-to-face interaction, but that wasn’t the focus. The focus was on the four pillars found in verse 42 — Teaching, Fellowship, Communion Meals, and Prayer. That was their focus as early disciples of Jesus. In our 2020 COVID context, we need to prayerfully figure out how we, as True Life Church, can carry out our mission and stay true to what is vital, while respecting the health crisis our world is facing.
Please join us in prayer, as we plan to be as effective as we can for the Kingdom. We are praying for wisdom, humility, and direction as we dream and plan for how True Life Church will carry out our mission for the remainder of 2020 and beyond. We will share this plan with you all in the coming days.
In the meantime, let’s pray.