4 Ways Your Church Can Stay Connected During Isolation
Last night was supposed to be our Tuesday Home Bible Study. Usually, on Tuesday nights, our home is filled with wonderful discussion on the Scriptures, life and how to love the Lord more. Usually, there is passionate prayer for the lost, one another and the church. Usually, there is laughter and enjoyable fellowship afterward.
But not last night.
Due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, all gatherings of our church were canceled. We were in isolation. For a people person like me that was tough.
Is there an alternate way to meet?
Since I am very familiar with video and audio conferencing I sent a message to our Bible study group that for those that wanted we would have a virtual prayer time. We had 12 people on the call.
I can’t tell you how encouraging and wonderful it was to pray with my brothers and sisters. I was really needing it. Here are some suggestions on how you can stay connected during times of isolation.
1. Set up a virtual meeting
This might seem a bit technical but it’s actually not that difficult. There are many ways to set up a conference call: Skype, Messenger, MS Teams, Google Hangouts and the one I prefer – Zoom. Who are the techies in your church? Ask them to set up a virtual meeting. The free account of Zoom allows for a 45-minute call. Enough time for a few to gather and pray.
2. Send a text, email or message
Sending messages to one another has never been easier. We have texts, emails, Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp and a whole list of other ways to keep connected. Send a verse, a prayer, an encouragement daily and stay in touch.
3. Record a message to share
The elders and other leaders in the church can be personally connected by recording and sharing short messages and words of encouragement. Most smartphones today have good video cameras and it’s simple to upload to youtube, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms for sharing with the church.
4. Unite in prayer
At a time like this, we need to pray. We need to come together (in isolation) and lift up the church and the lost before the throne of grace. Your assembly could set aside specific times where everyone dedicates themselves to pray. The power of the church is only as strong as the prayers of the church.
While this virus outbreak is serious and we need to take all the precautions necessary to fight against it, the church is not crippled by this crisis. We are a living, dynamic body and we can rise above, Let’s be together, even while we are isolated.