Some pastors are expressing concern and worry that practicing Christians might change how they relate with the church building post-coronavirus pandemic in a new research conducted in the US.
Pastors polled were very concerned that the numbers of christians who will go to church will drop drastically with many opting to remain home and follow the church services online.
The Center for Bible Engagement conducted a survey this month with North American pastors to ask questions such as, “How has attendance and giving been [in the midst of the pandemic]?” and “When you return to holding in-person services, what do you expect attendance will be?”
Among some of the responses, one reason that pastors would not prefer online services is that it lacks a personal connection with the individual members. This way, the pastors were worried that they may not be able to meet the day-to-day needs of the members if those members opted to remain home worshipers.
It was recommended that Church leaders need to make personal relationships with their members priority one. They need to concentrate on the six days, helping people stay connected with God beyond the four walls of a church.
But this is not the only concern that pastors have during this pandemic.
Many have lamented the drastic drop in tithes and offerings from their members and depending with the church organization, these funds were used for church activities, salaries and wages of those in the employment of the church, and in one offs church, of course the pastors are now hungry.
Many have introduced online and mobile payment options to their services in a bid to encourage members to keep giving to tghe church even during this pandemic. Church activities nearly the world over have stopped in one of the recommended steps to reduce the spread of the coronavirus infections, social distancing.