Ed Stetzer on “The New Normal”

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Ed Stetzer has broadcast over 40 episodes with Daniel Yang on “The New Normal,” or post-COVID-19 church.

COVID-19 is not over, so nobody has a crystal ball. What we can say with absolute certainty is that for the foreseeable future, there is no foreseeable future. Remember back in January when the biggest thing in our lives was the wildfires raging in Australia?

Who could have known, and who would have believed, that we would be locked into our houses while riots broke out in the streets?

2020 has been nothing if not a lesson in unpredictability.

Phony dog-and-pony show psychics hit pay dirt if they forecasted doom and gloom.

The church, it is fair to say, was broadsided.

As somebody who has literally had my head beat into the pavement, I can testify that the brain gets rattled, and it takes a while to recover your sea legs.

The Church is still trying to recover from the blow it received.

When it shut its doors, the Church was left with the glaring reality that without the Sunday service, it had nothing. But even missional community leaders came up short.

Nobody could meet.

To keep contact we had to run videos.

So what did Ed Stetzer contribute to our understanding?

If you haven’t heard his recent discussion with Exponential, describing it would be like trying to cram an ocean in a teacup, or rather, 40 hours of interviews into a one-hour segment with Daniel and me.

Ed is researched, and resourceful.

He first laid out where we were.

He shared the adjustments that everyone had to make.

He then shared best and worst practices, urging us to embrace the former, and ditch the latter.

You can catch a replay of this incredible and timely episode here for free.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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