January 19, 2021
What should churches communicate during Inauguration week?
God has made each of us and our churches for "just a time as this." Here's the incredible opportunity your church has to lead and communicate during Inauguration week.
This week is a significant one for our nation as we transition from our 45th President to our 46th. What a journey it’s been. And God’s purposes are prevailing. No matter what. His Word promises us that. We can have every confidence in Him.
"You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail." Proverbs 19:21 NLT
Church leaders - This is an incredible week and time to be leading and communicating with your family, congregation, local community and others you are in relationship with.
Because God wants to use each of us and our churches for “just a time as this.” (I've been studying the book of Esther. It's been so timely.)
"And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b NIV
Want some encouragement - and even direction - for communicating in the coming days?
First - we pray. We pray for humble hearts as we lead and communicate. None of us understands or knows exactly what God is doing during this time. Christ is our Savior. We humbly surrender and trust Him. Let’s keep loving people and pointing them to Him no matter what.
Second - we discern what the people of our congregations and communities need. From my vantage point, people are anxious, worried, weary and so many other emotions. Let's offer encouragement for processing these feelings and continue to remind people where we can take all of our concerns. Always to the Lord. And also with others in small groups, Bible studies, accountability or prayer partners, counselors and friends.
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 NIV
Next - we speak up and guide. We have to acknowledge what is going on in our nation. Leading our churches in this season involves helping people process current events in a timely way through the eyes of Jesus.
People are looking for perspective and hope. Your church has both - through Christ. Please share it. And, guide them to what's next. What might they do to continue having a Godly perspective? How do they stay hopeful? How do they take action?
Guiding people to continually pray for our nation and leaders, for God's will in all things, and for peace is a great place to start. But it also might mean:
Opening up more opportunities to study God's word
Adding volunteer opportunities to support the local community
Joining a peaceful rally
Starting a social media series to help people use their influence for good
Providing daily text devotions
Creating digital materials people can use to spread peace and hope
Offering a virtual series on the character of Jesus (and how to apply it as they interact online or with friends and family)
A final word. So many in our nation (and world) are saying many things as we prepare for the Presidential Inauguration this week. In my opinion, what we don't need is more hatred or divisive rhetoric in our communications.
Let's bring compassion and caring. Let's pray for our new president, vice president and leaders. Let's serve and work for a better day.
And in all things - let's offer hope and help people come to know and grow in a relationship with Christ.
Our team at Fishhook is praying with you this week. And praying for our nation.