The 105-year-old building, which seats more than 5,000, will be renovated and then used for church services and community events. According to Hillsong, the beloved venue also will, to some degree, “continue to be Festival Hall.”
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Church members have become increasingly vocal, critical, and divided over issues related to regathering, wearing masks, and personal reengagement in ministry. Pastors field almost daily comparisons with other churches who are handling it the “right” way.
We ought to love one another and to use the church as a place of healing. Church communicators can do all of the above—we can make a space for honest conversation, healing, and love by using our digital platforms.
Let’s start there, churches don’t simply re-open, and you’re done. Re-opening is a process, and it could be a long one depending on when we finally get to the post COVID era. It requires a new leadership mindset.
The former puts you on the platform before others, but the latter convicts your soul. Aloneness with God slowly disappears for the person drawn away by fame and popularity.
"Somebody who is a very good negotiator can tell you exactly what they do when they negotiate," says Steve Cunningham. "Similarly, if we are living out [Jesus’] commands, we can tell you exactly how to do it."
"It’s not just the megachurch pastors," says Chuck DeGroat. "There are small church pastors who lead with this grandiosity, these narcissistic characteristics."
“When you feel as if people in your family have turned their back on you," says Lecrae, "it’s extremely painful, and you’ve got to realize that your identity is not wrapped up in their acceptance of you."
When it comes to online small groups, says Allen White, "This is a time that is wide open for experimentation, and those experiments have produced some pretty amazing things in the church this year."
"If things like lust and greed and materialism are sins that recur," says Esau McCaulley, "then why wouldn't racism be a sin that recurred that requires the entirety of our energy?"
"Politics is not just about policies and leaders," says Kaitlyn Schiess. "It's about the direction of our spiritual formation."
When we think of signs of spiritual abuse, says Wade Mullen, “I think many of us have this perception of abuse that is related to some kind of violent event...what I’ve come to realize over time is that abuse is much broader than that.”