Across the history of the church, it has been necessary for the church to consider how and why it gathers. Persecution, at times, has led the church underground. We’ve heard stories of Christians in China baptizing in bathtubs, Christians in Africa halting services because of threats of violence against their villages, and much, much more.
At this moment, we face a unique crisis: a fast-spreading and still somewhat mysterious virus called the coronavirus. Health officials, both from the CDC and the Governor of Kentucky have discouraged churches from meeting because of the risk of infection from the serious and deadly disease it spreads.
For this reason, based on the best information we’re aware of, we believe it prudent to cancel services this weekend in order to love our neighbors well and prevent the spread of disease.
We’re praying for doctors and nurses and first responders, that they would be able to care well for those who are sick. We’re also praying for those who are working night and day to find a vaccine. We invite you to join us.
There comes a time when “loving your neighbor” involves putting yourself at risk, as the church has historically done during plagues and outbreaks of leprosy. That time may well come for us. But for now, we’re submitting to the recommendations of our civil authorities and praying that the spread of the disease diminishes in the days to come.
Pray for those infected. Pray for those mentioned above who are at-risk. And pray for us as we continue to discuss what’s best for the church.
Grace and peace,
The Lead Pastors of Sojourn Collective
March 12, 2020