It’s almost two years since we went into the first COVID lockdown. One of the things that has differentiated the Coronavirus from so many illnesses in human history is the sheer toll is has taken on our political, societal, and even theological landscapes.
While I’m sure we’re all bored stiff of talking about COVID, one of the facets we simply can’t ignore is the pandemic’s effect on the future of the church.
Rainer begins the short 117-page book with an encouragement that is always helpful to remember: “none of this – the pandemic, the quarantine, the post-quarantine period – caught God by surprise“ (p.7).
From his perspective, Rainer believes that “the church is entering the most amazing and exciting days it has seen in decades – maybe even in centuries. Though the path will not always be easy, we can expect future days of great opportunity” (p. 8).
In the rest of the Post-Quarantine Church, Rainer encourages us to reflect on thought-provoking questions, such as what the the body of Christ might look like if we viewed our facilities as a tool to reach our community, and if we thought of ways to bring the community in instead of keeping them out.
This was the thought that inspired our upcoming Trinity Tots and Games at the Centre projects. It will probably inspire several other initiatives, too.
He encourages us to reach the digital world and make the most of the new opportunities before us, and reminds us that the pre-quarantine world and the post-quarantine world aren’t the same. An intimidating thought, but one that is filled with opportunity.
There’s more – but I’d encourage you to read it for yourself…and let us know when you do. What do you think? How can we seize the opportunities that arise out of this challenging period for the kingdom of God?