After much prayer, Bible study, consulting the wisdom of others, and soul searching, I finally developed a church strategy for the foreseeable future. Our people's church experience will consist of:
Facebook LIVE Worship Experience: Building on the following and the system we have begun to develop in March, we are planning to deliver a difference-making worship experience at our regular worship time of 11 AM on Sunday mornings. Our goal is to build our audience and incrementally improve the quality of our product as we eventually branch out to simultaneous livestreams across several platforms.
Online Small Groups: We had already been planning to implement a curriculum I am writing called "Faith Dissected" into groups in May. We have remade the curriculum to fit an online delivery format. We have interactive PDFs for notes and devotions, and we will host Zoom calls (or similar) for the discussion groups.
Online Prayer Meeting: We are pleased with the developments of our midweek prayer time at 11 AM on Wednesdays. This is conducted in a private Facebook group for our church (members only) for the sharing of prayer requests and praises of a personal nature, not for public consumption. People have come to expect this, and we love it. Some are taking their lunch hours from work to tune in and pray.
Curbside Church-in-a-Box: Even though we haven't implemented this yet, the plan is coming together to offer a plastic shoebox in a drive-through format. The box will contain CDs of services (for now), a printed newsletter, postage-paid offering envelopes, and more. We will communicate a time via phone tree and Facebook for people to come drive through and get their box. This will be done once per month. They can bring back their box to be sanitized and receive the next month's box.
Service Opportunities: Our two projects going on right now are sewing face masks for the hospital and distributing toilet paper.
Pastoral Care: My Assistant Pastor and I are calling through members and attenders each week to check in. It lets them know they are on our minds. We also learn of needs in this way.
Additional Online Content: We are producing additional Q&A videos, devotionals, and other online content for all generations to include social media and printable materials.
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Pastor Billy Shaw is a full-time pastor, husband, and father with a passion for helping other pastors.