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Pastors Must Brace For Coronavirus Aftermath

Updated on May 12, 2020
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Cheryl is a freelance writer, poet, newspaper columnist, minister and published author, and founder of two outreach ministries.

Traditions of men

One thing about a Facebook newsfeed is that it will give you many varied opinions. There are already theories going around of what is expected once the sheltering in place is over regarding church. Some Christians are saying that a great harvest of souls will come flooding through the doors of the buildings. Others believe there will be a great falling away from church attendance. Pastors naturally want to see their sanctuaries full and desire new members to join but is this what will take place? In this situation it’s best to hear what his Spirit is saying but many believers have been programmed with preconceived.notions. Anyone who has spent time in church has heard on more than one occasion that we must go to church and invite others to our house of worship. This is why so many believe that everything He does must take place inside the building. Is this however what the Lord is revealing or simply opinion based on church tradition.”?

My spirit grieves for all the good shepherds who are missing their flock and preaching via technology to empty seats. They are no doubt praying for COVID-19 to be a thing of the past and want to reopen church doors. It’s possible however that the misinformation, confusion, and fear surrounding the coronavirus may keep many away from church. During the first part of April there were multiple reports of people being infected by the virus because of funerals and church services. There are going to be those who will simply not take a chance and won’t set foot inside a church building. Keep this in mind if you are believing for churches to be running over once the regulations are lifted.

Faith versus facts and foolishness

The word of faith movement pushes speaking a positive confession and possibly millions were speaking prosperity only to be affected financially by the Coronavirus. The Bible teaches faith but does not tell us to ignore facts or entertain foolishness . People have lost jobs and with it the income source that was used for their tithes and offerings. If members don’t give, the church finances suffer. The eyes of many are now being enlightened and pastors can no longer manipulate congregants regarding giving. Many who tithed have suffered during the pandemic and will no longer tolerate the threats used from some pulpits to motivate them to give. This brings up another issue that pastors must deal with. The bills go on.

Even if a church building is paid for and there is no rent or mortgage, there are still expenses. Electric bills, water and heat must be paid for. General upkeep, lawn mowing and repairs all will continue. The pastor and any other church employees need their salary. If money continues to go out but none is coming in there will be a problem. If a church reaches out to the government for help this negates the teaching that God supplies the needs. I recall a church that preached all the prosperity scriptures but the members didn’t but it. The pastor and his wife took money from their own pockets to keep things afloat and eventually after a majority of the congregants walked away, they had to shut down. They had faith but believed in a foolish doctrine. Reality kicked in and now it is what it is. Yes God can-do anything but we are not seeing Him move supernaturally where church finances are concerned. There will be more pastors who will have no choice but to close the doors of their churches.

Empty seats

Even if a church is able to stay afloat during these troubling times, the manner in which they previously operated will not work. Many church goers will have a pandemic mindset. Pastors may have to restructure everything. No one is going to want greeters or ushers hugging them or shaking their hands. Parishioners will not want to turn to their neighbor and say anything. Church members might balk at the idea of joining hands to pray or having anyone lay hands on them. These are troubling unsettling times and the faithful won’t be forced back into previous routines.

Pastors must fast and pray as never before seeking Him for direction for their particular ministry.,It’s easy to become stuck in a routine and do and say what you have always said and done. The sheltering in place has given all believers in Christ time to the think and pray. From this time forward, spiritual leaders will have to be straight forward or risk preaching to empty seats. Con games and methods of trying to fill your building will not work any more. Our Heavenly Father allowed COVID19 to run rampant, with Infection coming from church gatherings and funerals. He has allowed prominent spiritual leaders to die from the pandemic and the eyes of many have been enlightened.

He’s doing a new thing

Pastors please hear this prophetic word from the Lord. Do not go back to saying you must come to church, have a shepherd, and you must give financially to be in right standing with Him. The focus must now be on Christ, totally: not the building, the man, woman or the money. He is allowing this shaking and shifting so that He alone gets the glory. Sinners and saints need the shed blood of Christ to cover then for He alone is our salvation. He is doing a new thing as referenced by the prophet Isaiah close to 3,000 years ago and about 800 years prior to the birth of Christ.

Isaiah 43:18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Jumping right back into church as you knew it could mean the end of your ministry.Take it one day at a time with Jesus.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      12 days ago from Roanoke

      That’s God confirming Margaret .

    • revmjm profile image

      Margaret Minnicks 

      12 days ago from Richmond, VA

      Good article and everything you said is so true. You used the expression "It is what it is." Yesterday I wrote an entire article about "It Is What It Is." I smiled when I saw your quote.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      13 days ago from Roanoke

      Thank you

    • AshlyChristen profile image

      Ashly Christen 

      13 days ago from Illinois

      Yes! Very good points! The shaking & shifting has begun!

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