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Cultural Issues Facing the Church

By New Churches Team

The church faces many issues, but two issues currently causing division are how churches are responding to COVID and politics. 

COVID Response

Every church has responded to COVID in some way, but the response from church members about their church’s response is varied. Some people think you are a compromised coward if you aren’t fully open and are requiring masks, while others think it’s horrible to even think about meeting in person right now. 

Pastors and elders must make decisions for the good of their church and their community. This decision will vary based on the status of COVID in their specific location and should be specific and intentional. Pray over it, talk to local doctors and authorities, and move toward a response you feel God is calling you to right now. 


Many pastors are being pushed to get involved in politics in a way that they weren’t before. Previously, many pastors could remain neutral about specific politics, politicians, and political issues. But now, many church members require pastors to support specific politicians or speak from the pulpit on political issues. 

There are issues for which pastors need to speak up. Acknowledge the truth. Speak out when appropriate. But pastors should not feel like they are required to speak on everything from the pulpit. 

Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 561: Current Cultural, Theological, and Missiological Issues, Part 1. Click here to listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.


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