Episode 129: The 5-Month Mark Part 2: Encouragement We All Need In This Moment
In this episode, we head to Instagram Live and check-in with pastors and leaders from around the country on how they’re thriving amid the gathering restrictions of Covid-19 and the local church. Angie White (Rock Church) continues the same thought from Rick Long and speaks on behalf of 20-somethings in the church today.
- We’re kinda seeing the church ‘shook’ right now - which is good bc we want people rethinking how they see the church. Click To Tweet
- Is your church healthy? How are your people actually doing? Click To Tweet
- Understanding and confessing as a church leadership that we have trained people to long for sunday - the devastation in that people don't know how to walk to jesus monday through Saturday. Click To Tweet
- Ask the question: Are we forcing ourselves as a middle bridge between our people and Jesus? Click To Tweet
- It’s not my church versus your church, it’s the body in collaboration and unified, working together to see Jesus glorified in this moment. Click To Tweet
About Episode 129:
No church was built perfectly from the start. Despite our best efforts to follow Jesus in His footsteps, we’re only human, and sometimes we slip up a little. However, we are defined as Christ-followers by not only our ability to recognize where we fall short, but also how we address these shortcomings. In today’s episode, we invite Angie White, Social Media Manager at The Rock Church to hear more about what the next generation of leaders is thinking about the current state of the Church.
While churches today might have mastered the art of the online Sunday service, Angie admits that “we’re kinda seeing the church ‘shook’ right now – which is good, because we want people rethinking how they see the church.” To be fair, it’s hard to imagine who isn’t feeling a little ‘shook’ by what 2020 has thrown us so far, but we digress. Simply put, the pandemic has forced church leaders to reflect on what the church has accomplished so far, and how it can improve. More importantly, the pandemic has stripped Sundays of their significance – a major challenge to spiritual routines.
It’s not uncommon for people to rely on their schedules to maintain a sense of healthy normalcy. So when these schedules are disrupted, we’re seeing major changes in our spiritual health. When we can’t meet with God on Sundays like we used to, are we connecting with Him during the remaining 6 days of the week? Unfortunately, we’re finding that people are struggling in their spiritual relationships where they shouldn’t be. That in itself is a sign that we aren’t discipling people in the ways that we want to.
This pandemic is forcing us as a church to acknowledge our weaknesses. Do not be discouraged, because this isn’t necessarily a shortcoming. Rather, we encourage leaders to view this as a learning experience to become more aware of the health of the church. The people in our churches are ill-equipped for the situation that we’re in. This is because the church isn’t providing the tools they need, but instead becoming the very thing Jesus was careful to warn us against – mediators between the people and God. As humans, it’s a natural, selfish instinct to want to attract and keep an audience to our church services. This instinct confirms and validates our worth as Fishers of Men. So if we talk about who’s “winning” in this game of attention, the church is winning – but only on Sundays. This, however, isn’t enough. For the health of our church, we also want our groups to be winning, during the rest of the week, too.
How do we measure the health of the church? Firstly, we can’t rely on how many views our services get alone. When people come to church, they’re not looking for a show, they’re looking for a connection. Instead of looking at views alone, we encourage leaders to look at baptisms, group sign-ups, and other types of engagement as metrics of health. In the end, it’s important to remember that our goal is to encourage the body of the church to do more than collect, but to collaborate to glorify Jesus.