Since the beginning of 2021, Terri and I have been searching for a new church home. Through a myriad of conversations, I’ve learned that this is true for a large swath of people. The pandemic upended our norms and traditions.
The impact of the pandemic on churches continues spewing to the surface with every passing wave of COVID outbreaks. Quicker than you can say new variant, people are wrestling with where and how they’ve always worshipped, challenged by the demands of a pandemic-riddled world.
I’ve read articles reporting that during COVID churches witnessed reductions in giving while simultaneously experiencing a deeper investment in technology. Several stalwart church events and activities were sidelined.
Overnight, out of necessity, virtually every pastor in North America became a televangelist. Amid the concerns surrounding COVID, politics divided and disrupted the lives of many church members.
Between politics and the pandemic, going to church no longer looks the same.
Like many other faithful church attendees, the pandemic left us questioning where to attend church and what that looks like for us.
In Dallas, Texas you will find a sea of churches and a smorgasbord of houses of worship. Our local Richardson community offers a full menu of faith traditions.
Terri and I are Christians. We believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. We try to model our lives after Christ, even though we fall short in our attempts at Christlikeness daily (Well, at least I do). While Terri would readily tell you she’s no saint, in my eyes she’s an angel (see what I did there?)
Mind you, Terri and I are not questioning our faith in the triune God we believe in.
I might have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night.Rainer Bantau
Yet, a full nine months through 2021, we continue struggling with finding a new church home.
How has the pandemic impacted your church life?
As we wait for the Lord to reveal our new church home to us, Terri and I are trying to stay connected to God.
Terri and I spend time working through individual Bible reading plans.
We are working through narratives in Genesis through an online course offered by Hillsdale College.
We spend Sunday mornings out in nature walking, spending time with each other and communing with God.
At work, I am involved in helping lead our weekly Wednesday church services. I spend time in a weekly preaching team meeting contemplating Scripture and learning from wise men who bless me with the privilege of sharing their table. In addition, our staff participates corporately in daily devotions and weekly Bible studies.
We know that we would like to find a church home that offers Saturday evening services. Obviously, a reliance on the Word of God and a desperate dependence on Jesus are key ingredients of anywhere we worship.
What matters most to you when identifying the right church to call home?
Stay healthy. Be safe. Keep the faith.
The Devotional Guy™