Right now, churches are trying to adapt to the new reality of social distancing. As some church leaders work to figure out what this means for Sunday worship, I would like to suggest that deacons should also be determining how to BE the church in a new way.
Coronavirus is an equal opportunity virus but the effects of this disease are not. I’m not talking about the physical effects of those who contract the virus. I’m talking about the people that are most vulnerable economically. Those that will be hit the hardest are the unemployed, people who work in the hospitality, factory, or service industries, child care workers, those who are paid hourly, school children, particularly those in under resourced areas, single parents, the elderly, and those who are incarcerated.
What role does the church have in this crisis? How can deacons meet the needs of the most vulnerable in their congregations and their communities? The following resources might help guide you:
Community Response - Community During Covid-19
Quick guide - Church Being Community during COVID-19
Responding to our Neighbors' Needs - A Faith Based Response to COVID-19
In addition, visit https://www.crcna.org/covid19 for more resources for your congregation.