2020 produced many challenges for pastors and churches as we moved online or outdoors and reset our ministry expectations. Many churches went back to the basics of what it means to be the Church — with a capital “C” — finding this to be a refreshing time of allowing God to provide for them. Some have realized they no longer need large facilities. And others have remembered and reflected that high-touch services are only one avenue of many that the Lord uses to fulfill the Great Commission.
The Lord has gently reminded us He is not limited to inside the walls of the church; the Lord is limitless when it comes to His glory and life-changing work through the Church.
One thing is certain — the Church will survive and fulfill her calling to be salt and light during challenging times. As we move forward in a prayerfully post-Covid world, we’ve identified a few models for “how-to-do-church” in this new normal and specific risk management recommendations for each:
As churches are generally non-profits, engaging for-profits in business can be tricky. Make sure you discuss your ideas and potential business relationships with a qualified Christian accountant and lawyer before entering any agreements.
While not exhaustive, the above list is intended to be a starting point as we enter this new age of church ministry.
As you work through what church ministry looks like in a post-Covid world, we recommend engaging with an insurance agent that understands the needs of churches with access to sound legal and tax advice. Your agent should be able to recommend and design risk management plans as well as identify other coverage gaps such as child safety or church vehicles. GuideStone’s strategic alliance with Brotherhood Mutual® provides all this and more.
GuideStone® believes that a healthy body of Christ is free to transform the world and seeks to serve as a guide through that wellness journey. As we take steps toward a post-Covid world, consider how these risk management best practices will help care for the church and the Church — no matter how your ministry model looks going forward.