Episode 495: Navigating COVID-19 as a Church Plant

In Episode 495 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss navigating COVID-19 as a church plant.

“Will this COVID-19 season change the way that we plant churches? And are church plants or more established churches generally more suited for time like this?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How the size of your church could affect your ability to meet
  • What the dance of reopening might look like

 Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “For church plants, I would be focusing on the development of small groups. They might be meeting online or in person depending on state guidelines.” – @edstetzer
  • “When schools are meeting and in session, I think you will see more churches meeting and in session.” – @edstetzer
  • “Disciple and evangelize into existence a church that maybe begins public gathering in the fall.” – @edstetzer
  • “Current existing church plants are at a decent place to move forward with their launch.” – @edstetzer
  • “We have to be sober minded that there are some real financial challenges coming very soon.” – @edstetzer
  • “We had to finish what we started, but do it differently and that may be the case with a lot of church plants.” – @edstetzer
  • “I would keep developing disciples electronically, and then I would try to meet in small groups, and then I would look toward the fall to begin some form of public worship in a socially-distanced responsible way.” – @edstetzer

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Published May 28, 2020

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