by: Rich Vaughan
On Thursday of last week, I had three Zoom meetings. From 10-12 I was part of the Clergy’s Executive Session along with every other ordained pastor in our conference. In the afternoon I had a zoom meeting for a staff evaluation, and I finished my day with a zoom worship service for Higher Ground where I “preached” from my office (the music came from other locations as did the worshipers). It is funny, I didn’t even know what the word “Zoom” meant when we started this year, now it is a part of our everyday language and the church’s life! The truth is that it is a new age for God’s church. Zoom will change some of the church’s life, ministry, and even outreach going into the future.
Change isn’t always bad; it just takes getting used to. Think about some of the ways Zoom can strengthen Holland’s ministry. There are options now we did not have before. When we have our worship services, or a church meeting, or offer our Bible studies, we can reach more people. Don’t get me wrong, I really want us on site. Being part of a church family means we need to physically be with each other (with COVID that means with masks and social distancing etc.). Right now we can gather physically, sitting apart. Or, if we are more comfortable, we can “zoom in”. And truthfully, even when COVID is gone, and I would expect almost all our members to return to the fold, think of the outreach we can still offer! If a person is a shut-in, or no longer likes to drive at night. If they are fighting a cold, or just don’t feel like going out into the weather – they can now still attend worship, Bible Study, Sunday School, or a church meeting via zoom. Of course that also narrows way down any excuses we have to be absent! On the plus side, we can feed our souls spiritually, we can grow in our Biblical knowledge, we don’t have to miss a key discussion, vote, or Sunday School class or youth/children’s event. Again, make no mistake, the Lord’s church is stronger when we physically meet with each other, but if Satan thought he could damage the church though COVID he really missed the boat. What he meant for evil, God turned into a blessing. I wasn’t crazy about Zoom as we first got into it, but I have found it to be a new arm of ministry, for me and for the church. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks! I know as we look at this year of 2020 most of us think the world and our nation has gone to Hell in a handbasket. But the truth is, I believe that God is always at work bringing good out of evil. And for me that truth makes a Monday a lot better than a Monday is often considered too be! Amen? Amen