Drive-In Church Pt. 2

For the foreseeable future our church will be a drive-in church. We come in our cars. We listen to a great sermon. We experience worship. But we are in our own little “sanctuaries”, our own little spaces that become where God speaks to us. In some ways it's absent from relationships. Yes, you can see people—you wave at them—but there's no long conversations. There's no opportunity to go to somebody's car and say, “Hey, can I pray with you? I'd like to take those scriptures and pour them over you.” We can't do that. We simply wave and smile. There is little or no ability to communicate on the level that's basic to us.

 

This week I was asked to pray a blessing over our people at the end of the service. It’s a whole different experience when you're not in your car: you're in this field with around 70 cars all lined up. It’s totally silent because you can't hear the people sing. You can't hear the people pray. The sermon goes over a loudspeaker and you have to kind of strain a little bit to hear it. It lacks something. What it lacks is touch. Somehow part of our faith, part of our community, part of what we do at church, is we touch each other—physically, spiritually, emotionally, and prayerfully. We touch each other's hearts.

 

I'm thankful for what we have. I’m thankful for the fact that we can get together and for all the incredible work that our church has done to make this experience as good as possible. In fact, there were a number of other pastors of larger churches that came to see how our church does drive-in church because they want to move that direction. But I cautioned them that the one thing that is missing is touch. So, we must create different ways to fulfill that need. My point in this blog is to say: find some places during this time where you can share your heart. I have three or four friends that I can just pour my heart out to. I can tell them everything. I have community with them and in some ways it's a deeper community now than it was when we simply went to church.