A message from IFES Europe
Building community in a crisis - Relational and Sustainable church during COVID19
A huge felt need in COVID19 is for relationship and collective real time community. We’re experiencing isolation, a lack of community and physical contact with friends and family. Through history church has been defined as the gathering of Christians. Our hope is that during COVID19 Christians can collectively meet their Comforter afresh and in turn offer comfort and hope to a dying and lonely world.
Some churches have closed their doors, unable to go online others are online but there is little or no relational aspect to church. With internet and video saturation at an all time high and screen fatigue a genuine problem Christians need more than a transmission of a message.
Community in a Crisis has been set up in response to COVID19. We are passionate about highly relational sustainable church online. Through Community in a Crisis we’ve been offering multi-platform online training to get churches online. The training includes - Live Streaming, Facebook Live, Zoom, Pre recorded Videos or any combination. Over 350 churches have received our training and materials so far. We’ve run training on getting the church online by Zoom, multi-platform worship, communicating Christ through social media. For churches that need more help we have two drop in tech sessions each week one specifically for Zoom, the second is in partnership with Church Service planner – a new website that helps you easily create online services.
We’re gathering churches from all denominations across Europe to learn from each other. We the global church need to get clear on our ecclesiology and missiology of church in a pandemic that actually reflects our values not just convenience. This is a time to be united together across our continent. For in this unity – the world will know that the Father has sent his son.
Many churches across are sharing stories that God is opening a new door and have seen an increase in guests at their services. Giovanni from Italy says this "Who said that this virus was causing churches to close? By the grace of God, we’re open more now than ever before" As you pause and look at the demographics of these guests. You see that the Lord is at work in beautiful, profound and moving ways. Those that were isolated BVC are now able to attend church. God is turning self-isolation on its head.
So in this mess we’re in, it seems that God is at work afresh. Its no surprise really that he can turn self isolation on its head. Jesus in his life chose self- isolation, rejection and death in exchange that we might enjoy community, acceptance and life.
Nay Dawson IFES Europe Regional Training Co-ordinator
Bio – Nay works for IFES Europe as their Regional Training Co-ordinator. She leads a network called Passion for Evangelism – a network for 350 female evangelists and co-ordinates Community in a Crisis. she lives in Southampton and goes to Southampton Lighthouse church and is married and has two children.
Personal email firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number – 07866560198
Contact details for Community in a Crisis
For training, upcoming events visit our Facebook page @communityinacrisis
For blog posts naydawson.com/
We have extensive materials to train churches
Training and blog posts – All resources can be accessed by registering through our fb page or on our blog.
1. Getting your church online
The recording and materials are available for our panel discussion looking at; building a team, youth, worship, small groups and tech.
We have two weekly drop ins for churches struggling with tech. One for Zoom and the other for Church online planner. https://churchserviceplanner.co.uk/.
We have a variety of blog posts on the how and why of church online
2. Evangelism in the local church
We ran a training event – Communicating Christ to our times – Using social media platforms to offer hope. We’re training church leaders through our upcoming panel discussion on April 16th and blog posts.
3. Multi-platform worship training
We ran a training session for mulit-platorm worship with examples from Facebook Live, Live Streaming, Zoom and pre-recorded. 50 worship leaders attended. The panel discussion is available as a recording. This blog post gives advice for worship on Zoom. More resources are being made available,
4. Creating and running an online conference
I am currently helping three organisations plan and rethink their upcoming conference to become an online conference. https://naydawson.com/2020/04/09/creating-and-running-an-online-conference-through-zoom/
5. Training parents to get their kids chatting online
We’ve been training parents to run online chats with their friends through panel discussions and blog posts. Parents have been contacting school offering to set up chats for classes to bring the kids together. https://naydawson.com/2020/03/28/hosting-a-class-chat-on-zoom/