ALIVE and WELL

White Wing MessengerAugust 2020

ALIVE and WELL
In the July WWM issue, we shared updates from pastors across the nation on how their church was remaining “Alive and Well” during the coronavirus pandemic. The responses were so numerous we are continuing the series to further encourage church members and leaders.
OLIVIA JONES
With the onset of COVID-19, Sunday morning means turning on the computer or pulling into the church parking lot—and staying in it. With church services taking a deep dive into the unknown, pastors have striven to bring some resemblance of normalcy to the congregation.

However, many have seen this unprecedented time reap miraculous rewards. Church leadership have been stretched to the breaking point, but it’s in that vulnerability that God has been faithful.

Pastors have been pushed, no, shoved into the digital world, where they find themselves in an unfamiliar position. As they transition from pulpits to televangelism, their churches have experienced growth, financial blessings, reach in ministry, and connection in the congregation.

While services begin to return to sanctuaries, churches carry the scars and victories of coronavirus into the future of their ministry.

PASTOR BILLY FLOWERS

HOUSTON ROAD CHURCH

When the world is falling apart, God is on the move. Pastor Billy Flowers and the people of Houston Road Church (HRC) in Georgia have seen this firsthand as they reap and sow in the Kingdom during COVID-19.

When restrictions on gatherings were established, Pastor Flowers knew the leadership would set the tone for the future of the church. They immediately complied with social distancing recommendations to protect the senior members. From there, they started a chain reaction of connection: reaching out to leadership, leadership reaching out to life groups, and life groups reaching out to loved ones and neighbors.

“Even in a pandemic, God is faithful. God has been more faithful in this season than I can ever remember,” said Flowers.

HRC used streaming, TV ministry, and even an FM transmitter to share the love of God to their community. Their online views tripled as people from outside the congregation heard the Gospel message every Sunday.

“This is the greatest time of my ministry. Even though it’s a horrible time for the world, the Kingdom has truly been awakened. We are now moving. I pray that every group of believers would rally together and continue to serve the Lord and serve people.”

The supernatural has occurred, with inexplicable opportunities, jobs, and financial blessings in the congregation. People have been set free and healed. Pastor Flowers said that five families have come to know the Lord during the crisis.

“What we’re doing is simply following the script of the New Testament Church. The giving, the sowing, the praying, and just being there for people. . . we’re seeing souls come to the Lord.”

HRC has two services on Sundays: a drive-in service at 9:00 a.m. and a sanctuary service at 11:00 a.m.

PASTOR LLOYD PHIPPS

COVINGTON DRIVE

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August 2020