Chad Veach, a megachurch pastor from Los Angeles, is calling on Christians to stop complaining about the current pandemic situation and instead work to the “best of your ability” amid ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
During an appearance this week on “The Lucas Miles Show,” the Zoe Church founding pastor said that, while church is mostly online, ministers and churchgoers should play it “to the best of our ability.”
“Let’s try and master the chats, let’s master the pre-show or post-show and the engagement during the week and, you know, we just chalked up five ways for our volunteers to serve.”
He called on pastors and faith leaders to “bend over backwards” to find creative ways to meet the needs of their congregants and greater communities amid the coronavirus-induced restrictions.
“If this is our new normal, and our new context, dominate it,” Veach said. “It’s an old saying, but of course, necessity is the mother of invention. So we’re in this season. Let’s crush, let’s be faith-filled, let’s serve the Lord with gladness, let’s build His house and build His church and let’s see the opportunity and the good of it.”
“Why bellyache? Why complain? Why [say], ‘I can’t wait for us to get back in person?’” he continued. “You might feel that way, but don’t let that be the dominant attitude. Why don’t you be excited about trying to just go, ‘Hey, online church — we’ve never had people watch from Dubai before! We’ve never had people from Australia be a part of our community.’”
In the short term, rather than thinking about how to come back for in-person services sooner rather than later, Veach told podcast host Lucas Miles pastors should be leading their teams in coming up with ways to minister to and disciple new attenders from around the country and world.
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