We are preparing to reenter the foyers, naves, and pulpits. What is the expectation of the post-pandemic church? Over the last year, we have been tested and tried, but God has brought us through. Yes, we have some scars, and yes, we have unresolved issues lingering in our society, but we must become better, not bitter. How has the pandemic developed, challenged, and shifted us for the work of ministry to advance the Kingdom and the Body of Christ?
Can I get a witness? Have you considered the place where this question is normally asked? Have you heard the pastor/preacher/proclaimer ask this question, “Can I get a witness?” It is usually during the sermonic discourse. The response from the congregation can be heard as saying amen, hallelujah, or even preach preacher. This may strengthen the sermonic exhortation, but it is not enough. The call and response must not be the full extent of our witnessing. This question, although relevant, needs to be revisited with more intentionality in the post pandemic church. Let me suggest a different question not in the sermonic disclosure, but in the life and witness of every blood washed believer of Jesus Christ. How can we become greater witnesses? Here are a few suggestions.
1. Consecrate your life to the Lord.
2. Pray for people.
3. Be assured that being saved is the only qualification needed.
4. Speak about experiences of Jesus Christ.
5. Practice speaking to people.
6. Tell people about Jesus in different ways.
How can we become greater witnesses? We must be vigilant witnesses of the Lord, being bold enough to declare the reign of God. Our voice is needed, our voice is necessary, and we cannot be silent in this season. How can we become greater witnesses? We must impact the communities with relevant mission projects both home and abroad. We can start with the personal question, “How can I become a greater witness for the Lord? In answering, we may find ourselves witnessing about the cares of the world, but how much more should we witness in the name of the Lord? Our witness is not perfect, and we are flawed beings, but made perfect in the Lord Jesus.
It might be possible that our failure to witness about Christ is a relationship issue. Do we romanticize our walk with Christ to help ourselves fit into certain circles, groups, or clicks? No, we must be willing to share or vulnerability, struggles, hurts, and pains to witness to those who we meet. Are we comfortable becoming an authentic witness to help all people see the need for salvation? Someone shared Jesus with you and because you know Jesus, you must then share Jesus with others.
We are The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church recognizing the importance of Christ in our daily lives.
Leon C. Moore, Jr.
General Secretary of Evangelism and Mission
Pleasant Hill CME, Conyers, GA