Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a global health crisis at the beginning of 2020, the world has since gone through drastic changes in such a short period. International travels were restricted, social gatherings were prohibited, and quarantines were put in place to contain and prevent the further spread of the virus.
As a result, anxiety and stress levels have also increased, especially as people fear for their health and their financial stability. Being the salt and light of the world is even more important today, where fear, anxiety, and worry are rampant. Social gatherings and physical worship may not be possible right now, but the technology available today presents you with limitless possibilities to continue ministering to the people.
In this article, we will share four ways you can use social media to continue your church’s ministry amid COVID-19:
1. Go live for your worship services
The doors of your physical church may be closed at the moment, but this does not mean that you cannot continue worshipping. Many churches today, both big and small, are exploring ways to live stream their worship services instead. The most common ways to do this are through Facebook and YouTube live.
The preparation for every worship service may be different than it was, and pastors now have to deliver their sermons in front of a camera instead of the congregation. Nevertheless, this is a great way for church members to attend worship regularly from the comfort of their homes.
2. Share inspiring Bible verses regularly
Social media allows pastors to engage with their churchgoers not just on Sundays but every day of the week. During the week, you can share Bible verses to give hope and encouragement to your members.
3. Encourage sharing
You can use group chats, private groups, or even your church’s public page to inspire and encourage your members to share “praise reports” or moments that they have been grateful for during the past week. It could be an answered prayer, an unexpected blessing, or a redirection in life, anything that they want to share.
Now is the best time to spark positivity and help your churchgoers to share stories of how God has been at work in their lives during these challenging periods.
4. Reach out to church members
While physical visitations and gatherings are not allowed at this time, you can still use social media to reach out to your church members. You can ask how they are doing, get to know what they need help with, and most importantly, pray for them.
In these times, they likely have lots of worries and anxieties about the health and safety of their loved ones or about their bills and livelihood, and your simple gesture of reaching out to them will be greatly appreciated.
Physical gatherings may still be discouraged for the coming months, but the technology available today provides you with various ways to continue your ministry. Particularly, social media is a great platform for you to continue serving your church. Moreover, it also opens previously undiscovered ways for you to minister to the people.
Going on social media can be an overwhelming step to take, but you don’t have to do it alone.
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