VIDEO: ‘It’s always been about the people’: Pastor Gregory Sanders on how the church is coping with COVID-19

In this time of grieving—we’ve lost the ability to be with others, to leave the house, to work—people have sought connection to the church more than ever.

Despite restrictions in gathering, more people are attending Sunday and Wednesday night services via videoconference or other technological means, said Gregory Sanders, lead pastor of The Rock Christian Fellowship.

“The church has always had to adjust to changing circumstances,” Sanders said during a live discussion with the Post on Tuesday. “But the church has never lost confidence in its identity or mission statement.”

As Easter approaches on Sunday—the biggest observance of the year for Christians—Sanders said churches across Long Beach will be connected in new ways.

It won’t quite be the same, he concedes, but “church has never been about the building or a monument.  It’s always been about the people. The church is rooted in the resilience of the people.”

Sanders touched on myriad topics, including the fear that many are facing right now, the ways the church is reaching out to those who are suffering, and the Bible verses that are carrying him through this time.

Watch the full discussion, moderated by Melissa Evans, managing editor of the Long Beach Post, here:

Live Chat: How churches are adapting to a world without gatherings

Live Chat: How churches are adapting to a world without gatheringsLong Beach Post's Managing Editor Melissa Evans talks to Pastor Gregory Sanders from Rock Christian Fellowship about how faith communities are adjusting how they work in response to COVID-19.

Posted by Long Beach Post on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

 

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