LifeWay‘s most up-to-date have a look at how church buildings are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic discovered that whereas a full 97 p.c of church buildings had stopped assembly for Sunday providers by the tip of March, solely about half have made up their thoughts about not assembly for Easter providers subsequent Sunday.
Sure, 47 p.c of church buildings surveyed mentioned they gained’t meet in particular person. However solely three p.c are declaring that they are going to meet in particular person it doesn’t matter what, defying the CDC tips for slowing the unfold of COVID-19. As of the time of the survey, the remainder of America’s church pastors had been making an attempt to make up their minds. Eighteen p.c mentioned they’ll meet in particular person if the authorities enable them to (some states like Florida have created a non secular exemption from social-distancing tips for church buildings). Fifteen p.c say they’ll accomplish that if native authorities don’t inform them to not. And ten p.c say they’re simply unsure but.
Gathering for worship as an area church is a elementary expression of the physique of Christ, however so are valuing life and loving others, mentioned Scott McConnell, govt director of LifeWay Analysis. As mitigation steering first impacted giant church buildings, nearly all of church buildings with 200 or extra attendees weren’t assembly by March 15, and just one p.c of them met March 22 as steering continued to shift.
The survey additionally requested pastors how they may use help. 30 p.c mentioned they wanted assist staying in contact with congregants and nearly as many (26 p.c) mentioned they had been harassed about funds throughout the pandemic. Sixteen p.c additionally requested for prayer and help for a few of the technological challenges.