Online attendance, giving have surged; on-campus gatherings to resume in 2021
By Diana Chandler
MEMPHIS — Impact Baptist Church & Ministries of Memphis has so thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic that pastor Michael Ellis Sr. sees no reason to resume onsite worship before 2021.
“I get this call from pastors all the time asking me what we’re going to do, and I say, ‘Hey look, our attendance is up and our offering is up. You tell me what you think we’re going to do,’ ” he said. “My word to everybody is we’re going back when it’s safe for our people, and it’s not safe for them now.
“I don’t think we’re going to go back before the new year. I really don’t. I think we’re going to continue to worship online,” he said.
Impact Baptist, which drew about 200 people to Sunday worship before the pandemic, has received as many as 2,300 or more Facebook views of individual worship services and an additional $600 a month in offerings, has launched three new outreaches and has continued established ministries, Ellis told Baptist Press. [Read more…]