LOUISVILLE, Ky, (KT) - On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended churches cancel services this Sunday because of the coronavirus.
Most Kentucky Baptist church leaders respect our Governor and his office and will take his request to consider canceling services seriously. However, most will likely consult their leadership and opt to continue on with the services as planned.
It appears that most Kentucky Baptist church leaders are planning to carry on with their regularly scheduled services unless things change between now and Sunday.
Several Kentucky Baptist pastors will urge additional precautions by asking those who are sick to please stay home and those who are concerned to feel free to also stay home. Several of our churches offer live streaming of their services and will encourage concerned or sick members to watch from home.
Kentucky Baptist churches are autonomous, and most churches have systems in place as it relates to canceling services. Some will follow the school system meaning that if classes are canceled then they will consider canceling services. Others will meet with their deacons, elders, or staff and decide. While others will plan to continue forward unless they discover a strong sense from key leaders that they may need to cancel services.
If I was pastoring a church today, I would do the following to shepherd the flock as it relates to Sunday services and the current state of the Coronavirus:
As for the Reach Conference scheduled for March 16-17 at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, we plan to carry on as planned with precautions. We will be in touch with our out-of-town speakers to assure they are still able to join us. We will also ask those who are sick to please stay home.