As we practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, we are faced with new challenges. One of them is the mandate for churches to not gather and meet in hopes to flatten the curve.
But one thing that all of this is doing is reminding us is that the church is not a building. We are the church. You are the church. (Sound familiar?)
In the midst of this “new normal,” here are four ideas for being missional right now.
Adopt a Vulnerable Person
Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are considered at-risk during this pandemic. It is extremely important that these vulnerable persons stay at home and not risk being exposed to the virus. But, this isolates them even more.
Before you make plans to go visit one of these vulnerable persons, don’t! Instead of visiting, check in on them on a regular basis to see how they are doing. Call them or video chat with them. Ask them how you can be in prayer for them, and offer to pray with them. Check to see if they need groceries or other necessities. Send them a book via Amazon.
Write Handwritten Notes
At the moment, the mail is still being delivered. Take a few moments out of your week to write a handwritten note to family, friends, and neighbors. If you are part of a small group, you could write a note each week to a different person in your group.
I picked this up from Steve Wiens on Twitter. He shared how he ordered dinner to be delivered to one of his neighbors. This is a great idea, especially if one of your neighbors has recently been laid off or is a family struggling to make ends meet as it is. Not to mention, there are stressful days when deciding what to fix for dinner only adds more stress. Imagine a meal showing up at your door.
Be Front Porch People
Too many of us spend time outside in our back yards. When we do that we miss out on all the neighbors walking by. Instead, be front porch people. With gyms closing, many people are choosing to jog or walk through their neighborhoods. In the last week, we’ve noticed an increase in people walking just to be outside in our neighborhood.
Be out front and talk to your neighbors at a social distance approved manner. Ask them how they are doing. If you are comfortable doing so, ask them how you be in prayer for them. Now is a great time to look at your neighborhood as your mission field.
These are just four ideas. What ideas do you have?