One Texas church has thought outside the box to find a way to minister to people during this unprecedented time, and the staff hopes to see the idea catch on.
Just like other cities, COVID-19 sent Navasota into lockdown. But staff and members of the town's First Baptist Church thought of an idea to have some fun while continuing to minister to their community. Chad McMillan, the pastor of students, evangelism, and missions, says it started with shooting rolls of toilet paper to homes from a flat-bed truck in the street. With its enjoyed success, the idea grew.
"We decided to add a sound system and a big pulpit that's not being used at our church," McMillan details. "So we went around town, and I preached a little short sermon, and we gave people toilet paper. And then we added a piano and a worship leader, and that was very well received. And then one day I made a joke that we ought to put a barbecue pit on here and serve people barbecue."
The necessary items to accomplish that were then added, and the newly-dubbed Barbecue Baptist Church began venturing outside of Navasota.
"We took a mission trip from Navasota all the way through East Texas and Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, down through Oklahoma, [and] back to Texas," the pastor reports. "So our focus was definitely outside of our own community."
The church also showed its appreciation to first responders along the way. McMillan says his crew is so full of joy over the successful experiment that he would like to see the approach spread nationwide.