- Accommodate to disciple someone new, but never compromise your Christian values because others around you will benefit from it. 1 Corin. 11:1
- Be compassionate to help a struggling neighbor, you may be all they’ve got left for survival. Eph. 4:32
- Relationship building is highly critical for the survival of all. 1 Eph. 4:2
There is no better time to talk about healing than now when things have suddenly fallen apart, and the center can no longer hold. A time like these call for a sober reflection on how the church can better equip God’s people. We should draw strength from mourning situations that caused many layers of anxiety among believers around the world. Church leaders need to come up with a detailed leadership commitment to help members of their communities in the healing process.
These are trying times in history; we need not dwell too much on the now but rather to investigate the future on how we can be better as a kingdom family. One of the ways to do that is to facilitate strong and faithful believers who can disciple their communities in groups of approximately fifteen members through visual learning platforms.
Big and mega-churches will benefit a lot from these strategies if they still want to retain their members.
Online services are okay, and many ministries have adopted the use of social media platforms to conduct preaching services, but as leaders, we need to think outside the box right now. We need to build a bonding relationship with our followers and members in Christ so that none of them will feel isolated at this critical time of loneliness and pain. Acts 2:42. We live in an era where your servant leadership is tested based on your servanthood and not on your credentials.
It is about communicating the love of Christ in truth through prayers, service, acts of kindness, and fellowship to help the vulnerable within the community in which they live. We must also be humble enough to ask for help as a church if need be. Everyone needs a support system to thrive during their unpleasant period to transition; it can be achieved when we all come together as one body and not see division among ourselves. 1Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” (KJV).
EFFECTIVE SMALL GROUP IDEAS DURING COVID-19:
It very wise to let your facilitators know their responsibilities each time they meet with their teams to emphasize oral discipline, good ethical supports, and importantly the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Psalms 1:1-2; Matthew 6:6.
- Among your church members and families, it will be wise to know those who will be in your group. Remember that each group must not be more than fifteen members so that group leaders can attend to their spiritual needs.
- Create your meeting time at least once a week via visual learning such as Skype, Zoom, etc.
- Contact your local church to create the necessary resources for the meeting for effective community bonding.
It is with a deep conviction that we can come out of these difficult seasons of our lives together, healthier. And as a stronger community of Christ when our current predicaments are fully over. The entire world is counting on Christian leaders to demonstrate spiritual integrity on those things Christ would have done for his people if he was to be visibly present today.