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There are four key, near-term realities that can help us think through how we should respond with missionary intentionality in the present. First, we have the opportunity to think through ways that people most naturally gather. Sociologists say that people do this in several basic ways: (1) Shared Identity—the same language, culture, or age group;
The work of community engagement and organizing has become a crucial skill for church planting teams. During the pandemic, church leaders were faced with not only asking how their churches were doing but also how their communities were doing. Now to consider the theme of Holistic and Locally Present Engagement in the Long-Term, let’s begin with
Holistic and locally present engagement has always been important for the church. However, this present cultural moment demands attentiveness for church leaders like few other seasons in our lifetime. As most pastors discovered, COVID-19 changed the conversation in many ways. How will we know holistic engagement when we see it? Though COVID-19 has changed the
The near-term COVID-19 response presents a challenge and opportunity for today’s church in terms of our mission to provide holistic and locally present engagement in our place. For churches and their leaders to do this well, they must take four key steps: Acquire a biblical framework Analyze the situation Assess History Apply Missional Guardrails Here’s
What does it look like for us to launch decentralized churches once we are past the COVID-crisis? The pandemic has revealed that there is a significant over-reliance on the Sunday gathering in the ways we conceptualize the church. By placing too much emphasis here, we underestimate many of the other aspects of the life of