In the wake of COVID-19, churches have had to make adjustments to their approach to communication and ministry, heavily leaning on digital tools to help them stay connected to their audience. Cross City Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas is one of those churches that has made changes to the way they do things for the sake of meeting their people where they are. We caught up with Josh Merriott, Communications and Technology Pastor for Cross City Church to hear about what they’ve done differently and how they plan to use what they’ve learned moving forward.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” - Hebrews 10:25 Hebrews 10:25 is a verse that is perhaps most infamously used too much as a means of “reminding” churchgoers to attend their church services and events, no matter what. And yet, many churches have had to change their perspective on what an “active churchgoer” looks like; from weekly attenders to those who attend twice a month, in most cases. Now, this verse holds a new level of significance for believers around the world as churches have been forced to close to protect their congregants from the spread of COVID-19. Christians who once took for granted the ability to gather with other believers on a regular basis, are now feeling isolated in their homes and anxious for the opportunity to be with fellow believers again.
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While we often think of our church websites as the gateways to our “real churches”, reality has turned upside down for churches around the world as personal ministry is restricted from being done face-to-face. Suddenly, digital ministry serves as the primary tool for hundreds of thousands of churches around the globe and most are realizing that, quite frankly, they weren’t ready for it. The good news however, is that this doesn’t spell the end for ministry. On the contrary, many churches are starting to see how heavily they relied on Sunday mornings to be their only time to interact with their people. Now churches are looking outside of traditional methods to not only survive this time of separation, but thrive and build new bridges of connection. This article will highlight just some of the things you should be doing to engage your people and continue adding to the Kingdom through remote and digital means.
Tithing is one of the most critical components of a healthy church. God calls His body to be diligent in the spreading of His kingdom through the contribution of their finances. Because it’s so critical, making giving as simple and prominent as possible should be a priority, and one of the best ways to do this is by utilizing your church website.