Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak Did Not Catch Us Unprepared



On Friday, March 13 the word came to us that the Governor of Pennsylvania was closing schools for at least two weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The following week saw the edict expand to public gatherings being reduced to 250 people, then 50 and then 10.

Suddenly there was a scramble throughout our city, state and country for many ministries, organizations and churches to formulate plans and rethink ways to conduct meetings and weekly gatherings.

For the Fruitful Life Alliance of Families, Small Groups, Churches and Ministries, there was no scramble, no panic, and no last minute planning strategies.

Why?

We were already prepared. We saw this day coming nearly six years ago. We not only saw it coming, but we made the necessary transition and have been practicing for a time when we would not be able to physically meet together.

We trained our leaders in CARE-Readiness, Life Coaching, and Home Church facilitation. We held online training, posted videos and even got our followers and supporters to adjust, by watching worship videos and teaching videos as part of their Sunday in-home gatherings.

We shifted and moved out of a church facility and into our homes. We took our ministry and outreach directly to the Harrisburg, inner city community, dropping the titles of pastors and becoming known as community life coaches.

So when the COVID-19 outbreak was announced and the gathering bans were set in motion, we simply kept doing what we have already been doing for several years, now.

We share this with you, not to boast or brag, or even to say, “We told you so.”

We share this to let you know that God is truly in control. If He can speak to us as a group, and give us detailed instruction in wisdom and preparation for this moment, then certainly HE will continue to speak to us, giving us wisdom and instructions that will carry us successfully through this.

We don’t know what the future holds, but we know the One who holds the future.

----Chris and Carol Green

Learn more about our Home Church Connection HERE.