When Matthew Lucio, pastor of the Peoria (Illinois) Church, was growing up, evangelism meant that preachers expected everyone to bring a Bible and know how to use it. He said that the assumption was that everyone in America was basically Christian, but just the wrong kind of Christian. “We don’t live in that world anymore,” said Lucio, who oversees Peoria Adventists, a digital church planted by the Peoria Seventh-day Adventist Church. “We haven’t lived in that world for a long time.”
Escanaba Adventist Community Services food pantry located in Escanaba, Michigan, and is one of the only food pantries in the Upper Peninsula which operates mobile service to different counties. They are currently working with the Feeding America hunger-relief organization and were asked by the CEO to step up when other pantries have either shut down or are unable to open. Director Robin Wycoff reported that they had over 1,200 families lined up for miles hoping to receive food. "It was such an amazing yet sad day," she said. "They served so many but had to also turn away just as much because they ran out of food."
Adapting to a fast-paced world has long been a challenge for many churches. Technology is advancing faster than most can learn it, and with so many responsibilities on our plates, keeping up with modern technology often takes a back seat. Until it can’t. As 2020 unfolded and the realities of a world overtaken by Covid-19 began to take shape, churches suddenly found themselves with unexpectedly closed doors. Weekly community by gathering in one building was no longer possible, and adaptation was directly tied to survival.