The only people making me nervous these days are the leaders who are convinced they know exactly how the church should be changing right now. The “never waste a crisis” crowd is wanting to reinvent their ministries in the name of COVID-19, and the “wish life would never change” folks are scared to death it could happen. Somewhere between the two is probably where most churches will land.
The wisest people I know are not the ones with the boldest ideas – they are the ones asking the best questions. My encouragement for all of us is to be sober minded about this moment. Instead of making a master list of things we can change right now, what if we made a list of questions like these?
Who is a person I lead that I can connect with and encourage right now?
What essential spiritual opportunities need to be available to my church?
What practical things can I do this week to shepherd a scattered flock?
What major decision am I facing today that would not be affected by waiting a week or two?
What opportunities for Kingdom impact are open right now?
There is power in asking great questions. Spend as much energy figuring out what to ask as you do in the pursuit of answers. Every church will have its own set of challenges and opportunities.
Now, for the clichés.
Humility is an essential quality for a leader managing a crisis.
Before you throw out the bath water, make sure the baby isn’t in it.
Not everything that can be done, should be.
Just because we’ve never done this before doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it now.
When you don’t know which way to go, stand still.
Pause. Reflect. Don’t be so anxious to find a “new normal” or return to the old one.
And don’t forget to wait on God to be God.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book (checkout his latest book: Worship Essentials). In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family (and his two new grand-babies). Visit MikeHarland.com to keep up with all that Mike has going on.