MembersHow the Corona Virus and Multiple Lockdowns changed the DNA of the local Messianic Congregation

In light of the second anniversary of the first lockdown, a local pastor shares the challenges and triumphs of pastoring his congregation through Zoom

By Oriel Moran | | Topics: MESSIANIC JEWS, Coronavirus
Empty seats in the congregation became a far more common problem during and even after the Corona pandemic. Photo: Sraya Diamant/Flash90

The 17th of March marked two years since the first lockdown in Israel caused by the Coronavirus. In the blink of an eye, Israel (and the world) shut down – lockdowns were imposed, millions were laid off, and the ever-changing Covid restrictions added to the instability of life, causing much stress to the public.

No one could have prepared millions of people for the unlikely pandemic scenario and how it would affect their day-to-day lives.

Not one institution went untouched, and local Messianic congregations were no exception. For local pastors shepherding the little and precious flock entrusted to them, a challenge presented itself: How does a pastor take care of their flock during a pandemic, where none are allowed to meet in person?

There was no easy answer to that question, and it was without a doubt a learning curve for everyone. But in the age of modern technology, congregations were grateful for the hero they didn’t know they needed: Zoom.

Pastors hurried to set up cameras, familiarize themselves with new technology, sent out a link and prepared for one...

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