The movie "Moneyball" tells the story of Billy Beane, the legendary GM of the Oakland Athletics who, when confronted with what seemed to be impossible odds stacked against him, led his organization with such clarity of vision and creativity of thought that he changed not only his team, but the entire game of baseball. In one pivotal scene, Beane explains the new direction of the team to his scouts. As he does, objections are raised by everyone at the table, but Beane's response is simple: "Adapt or Die." He had the ability to see the situation with clarity and speak about it with honesty, and because of this he was able to find a solution he may never have been open to even considering otherwise.
In many ways, we find ourselves in much the same situation today. In light of the limitations and restrictions imposed upon us due to the Covid-19 response, every church in the world is wrestling with the same questions right now:
As a church planting network, we recognize two things:
With this in mind, we need to be honest: most church plants have depended heavily on the financial & physical resources of established partner churches in order to launch, grow, and become self-sustaining. What our current crisis is revealing, however, is that we have been thrust into a context where these same established churches may need to depend just as heavily on partner church plants for creative & technological resources if they are going to survive and thrive. Again, we must recognize that we must adapt or die. But this principle holds true just as much for established church as it does for church plants.
In Romans 15:27, as Paul is challenging the church to give for the Jerusalem relief effort, he points out that "if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings." In the same way, if you've been blessed by established churches with finances or physical resources, take a minute today to reach out to them and ask if there's anything you or your people could do to help them navigate these uncharted waters.
We are the body of Christ. We are Send Network. And we're all in this together!