So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9 (NLT)

We have been on an extraordinary journey together over the last several months. I commend you for your diligence and dedication as you have ministered in creative and effective ways during this time. The pandemic has required all of us to pause, ponder and pray, asking God for divine wisdom and supernatural strength.

We are now beginning to see things reopen and many of our OMN churches taking steps to gather once again. Here are three valuable practices as you lead forward into this new season.

1. Remain Honorable

In every decision made and every action taken, continue to lead with integrity and principle. This comes from our deep love for God and for our neighbors. As you move forward it is wise to remember, just because you can, may not mean you should. This calls for us to pray for wisdom and insight on doing those things that keep our testimony bright and our reputation right.

2 Corinthians 1:12 (NLT) …We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.

2. Remain Missional

The mission of God has not changed in spite of the pandemic. What has changed is the methods and means in which the sacred mission has been implemented. Mark 16:15 (NLT), And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone,” is still our assignment. Although the virus may have shut down buildings, it did not close The Church. In many ways your local church has become more visible and is now making a greater impact and increasing your mission reach. Take advantage of the new opportunities God has given to reset, recalibrate and reopen with a fresh vision for the future.

Pastor Andy Stanley – We are approaching this like we are opening for the first time.

3. Remain Practical

Consider ways to exceed the procedures and protocols outlined by the state and local officials regarding seating, sanitation, signage and schedules. How can you make sure the criteria of gathering will not hinder our purpose for gathering?

1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV) … so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

This is a God moment and you have been called to lead for such as time as this. You can look to the OMN website for more resources that can assist as we “Reset Before We Reopen.” Our prayer is “Lord, help us get this right!”