Ministry Leaders Say Churches Should Want People to Attend Online and In-Person Equally in the Future

Senior Pastor John Ashcraft of Lives Changed By Christ Church in Pennsylvania appears at the FutureFWD2020 virtual conference, Nov. 18, 2020. | Future FWD2020

COVID-19 has hurt in-person church attendance and overall giving, most congregations report, but leaders appearing at a conference focusing on the future of the local Church say the way forward is to welcome engagement wherever they find Church, be it online or physically.

Dusty Rubeck, president of CDF Capital, which helps churches get the financial and other resources they need to serve their communities, welcomed those attending the two-day virtual FutureFWD2020 conference that ran Wednesday and Thursday by encouraging them to think ahead and strategize.

“A leader with a dream is a good thing, but a leader that has a dream and a plan, that leader will do great things,” said the former head of Dallas Christian College.

The conference is sponsored by a wide-ranging collection of Christian lending firms, leadership development companies, and pastoral study and staffing enterprises.

The Rev. David Ashcraft, the senior pastor over the network of the 15 campuses called Lives Changed by Christ headquartered in Manheim, Pennsylvania, said having his leadership team discuss with Chick-Fil-A the company’s success helped change LCBC’s goals.

The firm said it exists to get chicken to people, not get people into its stores.

“We realized we had drifted away from the true mission of our church,” Ashcraft admitted in a video talk. “For all practical purposes, we’d been acting like our mission had been to get people into our buildings.” The church team then agreed the only reason LCBC exists is to get Jesus to the people.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Kyle Huckins

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