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March 17, 2020
What an unprecedented time we are facing. I confess I struggle to know the direction I should proceed on a daily basis. I have leaned more heavily than normal on Proverbs 3:5&6 in the last number of days.
Please understand that I am not making any demands, as I have no such authority and am a great proponent of the autonomy of each local church. That being said, I met with several of our pastors on Monday and we prayed for and discussed courses of action as we continued in this pandemic. We each seemed to agree that since we were not in a time of religious persecution, but in a state of national emergency that we would be better served to “honor those in authority over us”.
With that in mind, and in light of President Trump’s latest guidelines on the coronavirus (see attached), I would ask that you consider honoring our President’s request and for the next 15 days cancel any church activities that would include 10 or more people.
I would ask you to consider how you would respond if the President were to sit down with you personally and make this request? I feel this would be in the best interest of our nation, community and our testimony to those around us.
We can and should I believe encourage our families to carry on family worship, reminding our fathers and family leaders of their role as the high priest for their family. You may want to encourage each family by providing through some electronic means study materials and suggestions the family can use. Some may have the capability to post live studies via YouTube or Facebook. In this age of technology surely, we can find a means of encouraging our people. Reach out to your people by phone and/or text to encourage and check on them.
Remember this is a 15-day request, but we should be prepared for longer disruptions and be proactive in our efforts to minister to our church families and our community. “For such a time as this” we have been placed here, and it is a great opportunity for the church to shine as a light on the hill in a time of worry and despair.
God bless each of you as you are in my prayers daily.
Jeff Joyce, Associational Mission Strategist ~ RBA
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