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The unnamed church has approximately 2,000 members. They refuse to use technology as a replacement for their usual Sunday meetings. Thus, they are not doing anything as far as preaching to their folks. Is their perspective correct? What does the Bible say about their shepherding approach?
The Bible speaks explicitly and directly to very few things in our lives. Most of our questions and problems fall under the heading of “wisdom issues,” which gives each believer “purposeful freedom” to make decisions.
Part of this issue is whether you want to be theological or pastoral when those two things can have different effects on your people. You have to ask whether or not you want to die on every “supposed” theological hill.
According to many accounts, there have been surprising COVID side effects, and I’m not speaking of those who have the virus.
This season is the perfect time for the church to step up and shepherd the flock of God. Fallenness and its effects are always here, but there are times when those things heighten, which is the call for God’s children to exercise the means of grace available to serve the body and provide hope for the lost.
When the COVID restrictions end, millions of Christians will go back to their churches. We will return to the conventional biblical and historical ways of doing church. Plus, we will have learned a few other means to care for God’s people and reaching the lost.
BTW: The underground church has found technology as a means to help them flourish. It’s first-world countries that struggle with this, not those who have seen technology as a lifeline for which they are praising God.
Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).