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VIRUS~CRISIS
Are You
Asking the Right Questions?
The Coronavirus Pandemic is a forced-opportunity for the Church to apply Romans 12:2 ("don't conform; be transformed") to our modes of praying and our methods of disciple-making.
Too many leaders are responding with changes without asking questions"
  • What does the response of your members/groups/team/network to this unprecedented virus-crisis indicate about their prayer capacity?
  • How do you assess the effectiveness of your disciple-making methods? Do you observe faith or fear, peace or anxiety, focus on God and others or on self?
  • What changes to your communication and "gathering" modes have been effective for your people during shelter-in-place?
  • How will you engage leadership to rethink prayer? Disciple-making? so that you prepare for the after-virus recovery phase?
Consider these simple steps:
  1. Read Romans 12:2 in 3-5 different translations
  2. Conscript your own paraphrase; pray as you write/type
  3. Share your paraphrase with your Lead Team, asking them to take steps 1 and 2, thinking about the 4 bullet questions above, then share their paraphrase with you (or the entire team on a reply-all Emessage or a group text).
  4. Convene a conversation:
    1. Pray first, focusing on asking the Holy Spirit to reveal how Jesus wants to "transform our minds/thinking
    2. Discuss the 4 questions (assign someone to take notes)
      1. What? ...does each question mean for our situation?
      2. So What? ...are the implications of what God is revealing to us?
      3. Now What? ...is the Lord leading us to review/revise/renew?
    3. Pray - - Give a think-about-this assignment - Set a date to reconvene
  5. Share insights and comment below that will be beneficial to others on this journey . . .
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