- We are committed to fervent prayer // How we regather is very complicated, so we ask you to join us in praying daily for our leadership team and other church leaders as we make important decisions that affect the spiritual well being of the many people we care about.
- We are committed to loving both our church and city // This means that we get to be like Jesus as we humbly set aside our preferences to meet the needs of others, including the most vulnerable, around us. Our aim is to bring glory to the great name of God by the example that we set to a watching world.
- We are committed to not taking any shortcuts // As we move through the agonizingly slow process of regathering, we ask that you join us in being patient. We need to be prepared to handle the perplexity of the many issues that will come with larger gatherings. We believe that it is essential to begin regathering, but it is equally essential to do so safely and when we are fully ready to do so.
THE GOAL OF OUR COMMITMENTS
We will relentlessly pursue unity with the body of Christ during this season. We know that many of you won’t agree with every decision that we make, but we believe that unity and mutual respect can be practiced in the midst of our differences. This time of not being able to gather will soon pass and when we look back on it, it will be but a blip on the radar of Morning Star’s 38 years (and counting) of strong gospel ministry! We have an opportunity to show others that we are Christians by how we love one another.
Because of these commitments which we believe the Lord has laid on our hearts through many weeks of prayer, we recommend:
- Elderly folks and those with compromised immune systems or other underlying health concerns stay home.
- Wearing a mask.
- Not bringing or eating food together for the first month.
- Following social distancing guidelines during fellowship, study, and other times you are together.
- Leaders: take attendance for each meeting.
- Gathering outside when possible.
The heart in all of this is to set aside our personal preferences and look to what is best for all the members of our group. When all of our group members feel listened to and cared for, we are more likely to grow in our personal walk with Jesus. Thank you for leading the way in loving people. Let’s continue to lead people to pursue a Jesus-first life.