Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!
Good morning, good afternoon or good night! Whenever you find yourself watching our weekly update we first and foremost want to say how much we love and miss you all. We miss being together physically, but are thankful that over the last several months we’ve still been able to be together via our new and very effective online campus. We haven’t looked upon this time as an inconvenience, but rather a very unique time of opportunity!
The vision of our church and why we exist is simple — Follow Jesus Together. As you know, a few months ago we had to adjust that a little bit as our national and local government strongly encouraged us to maintain social distance. As local businesses are starting to re-open in hopes to revive our economy, we know that many of us are wondering when we’ll be able to meet back at our physical location of 8145 N. High St. for Life Groups, Bible Studies, Community Outreach and Sunday morning worship.
The quick answer to that question is we’re still not sure when that will happen just yet. Our leadership has been very prayerful regarding this big question and we’ve been led by three very important words through this time of prayer and discernment — Safe, Slow and Unified.
First and foremost, we must be safe. Safe for our families, safe for those who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus, and safe for our community. We feel that placing high value on the safety of church gatherings is one of the best ways we can love our neighbors during this time.
Next, we are going to be slow. We all are anxious to get back to meeting together, but we are not going to rush it. We are NOT going to compromise safety and we ARE going to listen to the experts. Our church is functioning well in our current online format and we continue to Follow Jesus Together. The Gospel is being communicated and lived out, and we are learning the benefits of an online campus. The reach of Worthington Christian Church has never been wider, and it has never been easier to invite a friend.
Finally, we want to be unified in our decision making. Being unified requires discussion, it requires research, and it requires listening. We believe the best decisions are made when we leverage the wisdom of the entire team.
These guiding principles — safe, slow, and unified — have resulted in a three-phased approach for moving forward.
Launch of our online campus, which we have already done. We are so encouraged by the influence it’s had in the last couple of months. Please know this, we’ve never stopped meeting as a church. In Hebrews 10 we’re encouraged to persevere and to encourage one another through community. That’s exactly what we’re doing! And yes we cannot wait to be back together as our leadership continues to seek God’s wisdom in this.
Relaunch of our smaller gatherings for example our Life Groups, Community Groups, Bible Study Groups, Care Groups, and so on. Groups that our typically smaller than 50 people. We anticipate that this will happen sooner rather than later, but we are looking for direction from Governor DeWine concerning those size gatherings.
Reopening of full campus life. For years, our approach to church has been extremely family friendly and inter-generational. We need to be very mindful of our community and those most vulnerable. We’re called by Jesus to be the best extension of His love we can possibly be!
While Romans 13 and Hebrews 10 give us insight during this unique time. Colossians 4:5-6 has been our guiding scripture: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
As decisions are made and we see future dates for physical gatherings to take place, you will be the first to know, as we exist to FOLLOW JESUS TOGETHER.
Please check out explorevbs.com to learn more about our upcoming Vacation Bible School and visit the church website to learn more about us and get connected to an online community. Please pray for your church leadership as we continue to pray for you.
See you all Sunday on our online campus!
Dr. Jay Scott
(May 20, 2020)