Perspective matters. Given the craziness of the past few months, here are some things that don’t bother me nearly as much as they did prior to COVID-19:
- Unfriendly church members. I’ve missed seeing the body of Christ together – including those folks whose input and actions weren’t always the nicest.
- Rowdy kids. I’ll just be glad to see them and hear them running around the church building again. In fact, I welcome the joy in their rowdiness.
- Online ministry approaches. They cannot be a replacement for incarnational ministry, but I’ve realized they can be a helpful tool in a church’s overall strategy.
- House churches. I’ve never seen them as wrong or bad—just not the norm in Western culture. We’ve now been pushed, though, to worship in small groups in homes.
- Repetitive worship songs. I realize we’re still debating whether we should sing when we gather, but I’m ready to hear any singing of God’s people together.
- Careful stewardship. I get it when some leaders want their churches to step out in faith financially, but the churches I know that have handled this crisis well were wise in their budgeting and spending prior to COVID.
- No hymnals. I’ve written before about why I miss hymns—so I’m not opposed to hymnals—but churches that had already stopped using them have not had to determine whether to use them when regathering.
- Security and crisis teams. When I first began ministry, we never thought about having these kinds of teams. Now, I couldn’t imagine not having them ready to respond quickly as needed.
- Seemingly weak prayer ministries. Sure, I want us to have strong ministries—but we’ve seen that even a few committed prayer warriors can pray us through a crisis. The strength of a prayer ministry is not in its numbers.
- Simple worship. We’ve sometimes made worship so elaborate that we become the stars. Being forced to reconsider all we do in a worship service isn’t bad.
What would you add to this list?