To every Pastor, Deacon, and Church Leader,
Being tasked with the decision of when the appropriate time to open your church in the post-COVID-19 world can be very difficult. Please know you are being prayed for in your decision making as to when is best for you and your church body. A comment was made to me saying, “Brandon, I just can’t wait for the church to get back to normal.”
I knew what this person meant, but I have to disagree.
Normal does not breed revival.
Normal does not win souls.
Normal does not fill the altars.
Normal does not tug at the heart of the congregate.
Normal does not implore the presence of Heaven here on Earth.
Normal does not usher in the Holy Spirit.
We need the Church to reach a New Normal across the globe.
Before COVID-19, the latest statistics from Gallup said that 6 out 10 churches were declining in attendance in 2020.
Further stats showed, only 12% of Americans claimed to read their bible once a week.
But the New Normal is coming:
During the COVID-19 season,
Facebook Live crashed in the first week due to so many churches sharing the gospel.
According to Gallup, 19% of Americans interviewed between March 28 and April 1 said their faith improved as a result of the crisis.
According to Gallup, 49% of churches in America are experiencing growth in reach, salvations, and online attendance.
I pray that the church of the Living God never goes back to normal, but arrives at a new normal.
Pastor, Deacon, and Church Leaders, let us pray that God will usher in a new era of normal into His people. That we would see a greater unction in the pulpit and more power in the pew. Let us not go back, but go forward in Christ.
Let the New Normal Begin,
Brandon, a broken and messed up Christian