Mick’s CV Memo – Thursday Thoughts

This morning our Elders, Steve Case and I met (via phone conference) for the first time since the CV19 struck the national consciousness and impacted our ministry processes.  I wish you all could have eavesdropped on the dialogue.  It is remarkable to me that God has provided the three specific elders on our team.  One has extensive knowledge about the economic and financial impact, another is a medical doctor with cutting edge awareness of the immunology and treatment issues and the other is connected to our county and overall government policy issues. To me it is clear evidence of God’s sovereign involvement in our affairs.  I thank God for their faithful service.

One of the discussion points is that such broad scale events tend to produce lasting change often referred to as a paradigm shift which is a “major change in the concepts and practices of how something works or is accomplished”.[1]  For instance the 9/11 terrorist attacks caused a paradigm shift in airline travel, the internet generated a paradigm shift in how people communicate, advertise and research (among many other things), and streaming of video has caused a paradigm shift that left “Blockbuster Video” out in the economic cold.  I won’t pretend to know the specifics of how things will play out in the long run, but I believe there are some indications.

I believe the changes we are seeing and seeking to implement in our response to the CV19 virus will result in a paradigm shift for ministry processes, not just temporary measures.  Social distancing measures are compelling us to decentralize our efforts.  We will continue to provide exhortation from God’s word on Sundays (via stream); but our connection with one another will no longer be focused on Sunday morning.  We are encouraging you all to organically relate in spiritual dialogue with one another throughout the week; even more than just a small group context. Families are spending more time together and many parents are engaging with their children in the education process in new ways. 

Hopefully social media content can be more constructive and connective instead of the divisive and destructive trends of recent past.  Hopefully people can take the time to speak on the phone to one another, with or without video to go along with it.  I’m sure there will be many more changes.  Do you have any ideas?  Please send them along! 

Please let us know of anyone within the CCC church family or among your neighborhood contacts who could use assistance.  We are blessed with volunteers who have expressed availability and willingness to help others in need.

Our staff is praying for you and happy to assist you in responding to the changes.  Please feel free to contact us (website contact info can be found at www.crossroadscny.org).

With you—In Him,

Mick


[1] Google online dictionary