Strategies must be implemented to undo the long history of racism within the North American Church culture and structure. Good intentions are not enough.
Hebrews 10:24-25 is a command to fellowship and to not stop gathering together as others have done. It is a command to encourage one another. How do we fulfill this biblical command while also following the local authorities’ command to “shelter in place” during these times? What is the role of the church during this historic moment? As some churches are grieving and others are calling this an opportunity for a revival, the inherent complexities of these questions and the reality of how one event can affect individuals differently are on full display.
Pruning for new growth—removing distractions during this season of isolation to allow for new growth in our lives and our relationship with God
During this season, we can use this opportunity to remove distractions that will allow for new growth in our lives and in our relationship with God.
If the church demonstrates healthy relationships, assembles diverse individuals (no matter the background), serves the poor and marginalized, and helps equip its congregants in leadership and discipleship, our communities would reflect hope and positive change. On a micro-level, if we would be bold and become effective in our own spheres of influence, our communities, households, jobs, and schools would be transformed as well.”
Unfortunately, searching for a church community is more difficult than we perceive it to be. It comes with a myriad of questions and concerns. These can at times, hinder God’s intention to find your purpose within God’s idea of community, the local church.