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3 Helpful Factors From Joshua for Leading Your Church Out of Crisis and Into the Future


We’re in the middle of something.

It’s a crisis. A pandemic.

We’re physical distancing (“social distancing”).

We’re in-between life as we knew it and something different.

Things are different after 9/11/2001 than they were on 9/10/2001. I believe “normal” will be different after this passes too.

While we’re in between what if God desires to prepare us for something different. Something He’s about to do?

What if God is about to do something that we could use this time to get ready for?

Check out this passage from the Bible:

Joshua 1:1-3 (NIV) After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Take Note: GET READY & ABOUT TO. Joshua was leading a group of people who were in between two places. They were no longer in Egypt, in captivity. Yet, they were not yet in Canaan, the Promise Land.

They were in-between.

Do you ever feel like you’re living in-between?
We are right now… We’re in-between pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19.

In-Between is the space situated somewhere between two extremes or recognized categories.

What if God uses times of in-between to prepare His people for greater impact and purpose?

Is there anything that would change in your life or leadership right now if you began to view this in-between time as space separating the place God has delivered you from and the place God is developing you for?

God never wastes anything. He doesn’t waste His Words or His Promises.

God is also known for using bad things for the good.

I believe this means staying in between the past and the promise is never God’s final plan for us.

It’s possible to stay in-between.

It’s possible to live as if nothing changes.

What if it’s possible to long for “normal” so badly you overlook that everything is different?

I do not know exactly how things will be different for us a nation or culture.

I do know how God is directing me towards a new normal that will look different from how things used to be?

Is it possible He is doing the same with you?

Is it possible God is drawing people towards Him?

What if it’s possible God will use the Church in ways that only those who are willing to do things differently will experience it?

Before you get a bunch of ideas about what I mean, let me say this: There are some things that do not change, God and His purpose. He is still good and He still loves people. He still is righteous and desires for His righteousness to influence our lives.