First of all, we never thought we would be in this situation. As we were planning our ministry calendar for 2020.1 (Jan, Feb, Mar) last fall, we were not planning to pause all Sunday gatherings and go directly online. Second, we find ourselves in an interesting cultural moment. And we must respond with confidence and trust in Christ that He is still in control and the Chief Shepherd of His church. Third, we will obey our government authorities and leaders (Rom. 13:1) during this time. As we watch closely what our federal and local government leaders are suggesting, we will be in close step as a church.
With that said, let’s talk about our plan at Veritas:
ONE: We are going to online gatherings until this thing blows over. We announced today our plan up through the end of March. We will circle back as things progress and give our plans for April and Easter.
TWO: We are going to redeem the time. Our staff is not taking a vacation during this time. We will be working from home, and some us may be traveling to see family during this time. We will, however, be locked in.
THREE: We are going to produce a ton of resources. A silver lining in all of this for pastors (and everyone, really) is forced rest from the tyranny of the urgent. Because of this, we will be creating a 31-day prayer devotional, blog, podcast, and other resources for our church during this time. All of these resources will be hosted at our Veritas blog.
FOUR: We are available for anyone at anytime. We know this is a crazy time, so our team and our elders are making ourselves available. If we can’t meet in person, we will meet via FaceTime or Zoom.
FIVE: We will be proactive in meeting needs. Whatever the need, we will be confident problem solvers that are ready to help and serve in whatever capacity needed.