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Thriving Ministry in the Pandemic

By Paul Nixon

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One of the participants in the Churches Planting Churches Initiative, Brent Levy, reflects on why The Local Church (a new ministry of Christ United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, NC) has thrived during the pandemic:

"At The Local Church, we have worked hard to connect meaningfully in a disconnected online world. Our pen-pal initiative cultivates holy friendships, and we reimagined our small-group experiences for Zoom. We also regularly interview community leaders and highlight local mission efforts on our podcast and Facebook Live. On Sunday mornings, it has been important not simply to re-package our pre-COVID service and move it online; instead, we've reconsidered every piece of our liturgy to ensure that the livestream experience is engaging and not merely consumptive. Music is singable; the kids' moment connects with the whole family; live comments during the sermon keep people engaged; and we create space for different people to show up each week to offer scripture, music, or prayer. We want it all to feel real — like we are right there with you in your living room or your kitchen or while you are eating breakfast in bed. Everybody is local somewhere, and the pandemic has given our name a whole new meaning.”

Learn more about The Local Church at thelocalchurchpbo.org.

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