1. Deciding When and How Far
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The church would benefit from “taking a breath” right now. Rushing to reopen just because it's allowed isn't wise without considering potential precautions. Now that the restrictions have been somewhat relaxed and church services can be held in buildings with certain safety measures in place, church leaders are faced with an even more difficult decision than the decision to close.
Announcing that “we are reopening for live services” will likely be met with additional questions regarding youth groups, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Sunday evening services, and Wednesday services. These queries arise because these ministries and programs often involve meeting in closer quarters than wide-open sanctuaries.
Church staff who operate and maintain activities within buildings must now actively monitor the health barometer of the local community while fervently seeking wisdom and guidance from above.
James 1:5 tells us “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” In this time of pandemic and fear, we are given many more questions than concrete answers in areas of uncertainties.
The medical community has changed its stance on the ways and means the virus can be spread, the prescribed treatments, and whether or not facial masks are appropriate. Thus, religious leaders are faced with making decisions in light of no great deal of concrete data. To that end, we must seek wisdom and guidance from above.
The church should pray for this godly wisdom as to not allow our personal wants and desires to force a rushed opening.
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