Missional Living

Missional Living in a COVID-19 Pandemic

What do we need to know?

Due to the infectious nature of COVID-19 and to the possibility that we may carry the virus and infect others without exhibiting any symptoms, it is important for us to practice social distancing as a means of neighbor-love (Mark 12:28–34). Even in the midst of these challenging circumstances, the mission remains the same. Out of genuine love for those around us, we must make the best use of the time we have to care for and share hope with our neighbors and friends who do not know Christ (Ephesians 5:16).

What can we be doing?

  1. Pray desperately
  • Join with our Father’s desire to see all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth by interceding for friends and neighbors who are without the hope of Christ. Pray that the Lord would use this crisis to open the eyes of your neighbor to their true need in Him. [Exodus 32; 2 Corinthians 4:3–6; 1 Timothy 2:1–8]
  1. Intentionally engage
  • Focus on your social circles—people are fearful of one another, so now might not be the best time to start building trust with new people.
  • Check-in on your neighbors, friends, and family (example flier).
  • Start a Facebook group for your neighbors (email or group text) to offer to get groceries, medicines, and other necessities for vulnerable neighbors.
  • Share encouraging gospel-centered resources (messages, scripture, video, articles).
  • Host a virtual game night (Yahtzee, Risk, Monopoly, etc) or Bible/book study (the Gospel of John, Seven Stories of Hope, What is the Gospel?, Mere Christianity) over FaceTime, Zoom, or other virtual meeting space.
  1. Lovingly care
  • Offer your time to people, being willing to talk/listen.
  • Offer to pray for and with neighbors, coworkers, family members.
  1. Invite others
  • Invite folks to tune into our live stream at shilohcommunitychurch.com (or in person)
  • Connect friends and neighbors into your gospel community virtually.
  1. Minister hope
  • Dialogue with folks who are trying to make sense of Coronavirus, ask good questions, and listen well to people.
  • Minister hope to people through your own story and the story of the Gospel. Our deepest wounds (pain, loss) are the most fertile ground for the gospel to take root and bear fruit.  For more help on how to share the Gospel, click here