We’ve all been learning things during this coronavirus crisis.
I wanted to write a series of Pastor’s Notes about some of the things we’ve been learning as a church. Last week, I wrote about how we’ve been learning about leaning into relationships and not taking relationships for granted.
This week, let’s talk about worship.
One of the things that has grabbed my attention is how well-received online worship has been. We have received many, many, kind words from the congregation. Beyond the kind words, the numbers also bear this out. We have seen an increase in worship participation over 60% compared to the same time-frame last year.
I think there are three reasons for the increase:
Let’s talk about those first two. (We’ll talk about the third one next week.) We’ve always talked about how important it is to invite people to church. Research shows that most people decide to go to a church because someone they know invited them. Even in the age of online church, this is still true.
Think about what it must be like to endure the coronavirus without faith? This is a scary time and people are very open to a message of faith and hope. But it’s not just that they are open, it’s also that you are inviting them! Every week I hear a story from someone in the church telling me about their friend/family member/co-worker/neighbor commenting to them about our worship service. It’s never been easier to invite someone to church. It’s as simple as a Facebook share or texting someone a link to the service. It’s amazing how easy it is now to invite. It’s amazing how we’ve been able to expand our reach to so many more people.
This is one of those things that as a church family we have to pay attention to. Yes, I can’t wait to get back to in-person worship. At the same time, online church will also need to be a part of our future because it’s one of the most effective ways I’ve ever seen at sharing the Good News broadly and easily.
Even in the midst of the coronavirus, God is at work and moving in people’s lives.
God is faithful.