Podcast Episode 008, 28 min
Recovering & Thriving In the Post-Pandemic Church: Pt. 2, EP 008
The second of a two-part series in which Karl Vaters shares lessons from hundreds of small church pastors about responding, recovering and thriving through a challenging season.

And then you've got to train them. You've got to mentor them. You can't just delegate to them because they don't know how to do it yet. But we've got to begin to develop our teams that way. The next time somebody does volunteer, you've got a team to put them on. You've got a system to put them into. If you're doing everything and then an emergency hits, that’s the worst time to train people to do something new—when you're facing an emergency yourself. You can't do it then.

So once things do begin to ease, and things begin to look a little better again, and the pace maybe slows down a little—and if it doesn't slow down, you need to slow down your pace—once the pace slows down, you need to prioritize building a team, making disciples who make disciples.

This is not some new business idea. This is the first century church. This is making disciples.

So, so far, two things, right? Resources in reserve. We need to start working on that. Secondly, work on getting more team-based leadership so that when people do step up, they have a place to serve. And so that we're building a healthy congregation. It is not a healthy congregation. When the pastor does everything, whether it's an emergency season or not, we need team-based leadership.

The third aspect that I noticed in churches that did well, as opposed to those who didn't do well, is this: adaptability. Churches that were adaptable did well. Churches that had previously not been adaptable, really, really struggled during pandemic and are struggling even more, if they're still alive, they're struggling coming out of pandemic and will continue to struggle.

So let me put it this way about adaptability. There are some people out there, some churches out there, some pastors out there who have this idea in their head: that in order for church to be called church, we have to meet at this time in this place, singing these songs, wearing these clothes and dismissing at this time.

Right? We've got all of these requirements in our head and the moment that a governor or a mayor or somebody said, “Hey, you can't meet in your church building on Sunday.” These are the churches that screamed, “Oh, they're closing the church. They're closing the church!”

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August 5, 2021

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