The COVID-19 pandemic and response has presented people and organizations throughout the world with difficult and often unprecedented challenges. Although disease and its consequences have always been part of living in a fallen world, this novel coronavirus—especially when combined with cultural pressures, a global economy, and the information age realities of online news and social media—has been particularly difficult and divisive.
Despite this outbreak and the challenges that it poses, Arise is committed to certain principles and practices:
First, that we continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to a sick, confused, fearful, and fallen world that is in desperate need of the hope and eternal life that only the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus truly provides.
Second, that we commit ourselves to serve one another in love (Gal 5.13) and submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Eph 5.21) while continuing our mission to be a church that is a community of conversation and growth for those on the fringes of faith.
Third, that we will submit to our governing authorities (Rom 13.1-5)—particularly those of St. Louis County and the state of Missouri—as a means of combating this disease until such a time as clear biblical principles are violated.
Fourth, that we will welcome conscientious objectors (Phil 2.12, Rom 14.23). We are a “come as you are” church and, even as we submit to our governing authorities, we remain welcoming of those who disagree with our decision. We will ask, however, that conscientious objectors have a sit down conversation about their decision with Pastor Jacob or a member of the elder team at their earliest possible convenience.
Fifth, that we undertake traditional Christian discipleship practices—such as gathering in community, corporate worship, community service, communion, baptism, weddings, funerals, and pastoral care—as safely as possible.
Sixth, that we make as many reasonable accommodations for the health and safety of our church and community as possible, including (as necessary) online emphases, physical distancing protocols, and sanitization procedures.
Seventh, that we follow any additional procedures deemed necessary by the leadership of Arise Church to lovingly and appropriately shepherd the flock of God during this difficult time.
Any updates to this approach will be posted here as the situation continues to evolve. Please direct any specific questions to Pastor Jacob (email@example.com) or the Elders (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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We are available to assist you during these difficult and often distressing times. Please let us know how we can help you, your family, or another loved one.
For emergencies, please dial 911. For healthcare concerns, contact your primary care physician or follow the directions given by local authorities.