Message From the President

The world is confronting a pandemic. It is a harsh reality that requires an honest appraisal. This virus has inflicted devastating consequences in the loss of life and in the disruption to ways of life. In a time of crisis we turn to God’s Word for guidance and comfort.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
(Psalm 46:1–3)

The psalmist embraces the reality and magnitude of life’s problem — the earth gives way, mountains quake, waters roar. But he puts everything under the title of an even greater reality: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

With this perspective, let’s ask ourselves four questions.

  1. How can we call others to entrust their anxieties to the Lord and to have our hearts guarded in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:4–6)?
  2. How can we apply the principle of love (Mark 12:30–31)? Decisions to change or cancel worship services and programming can be real expressions of love and care for the vulnerable among us and for the well-being of our communities (Jeremiah 29:7).
  3. With the best information and the deepest faith, what is the wisest decision for the church and the community (Proverbs 15:22)?
  4. How may this crisis be an opportunity to serve sacrificially (2 Corinthians 8:1–7)? Christians are often the first to help in crises and the last to leave — whether it is the medical missionary serving patients devastated by Ebola in Africa or the local church who provides care to those traumatized by a natural disaster.

The following are resources that we share to assist in your faithful and faith-filled preparations.

Walter Kim
NAE President


NAE Partners With Humanitarian Disaster Institute

The NAE is partnering with the Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College to provide tools for your ministry to faithfully plan and prepare for the impact of COVID-19. On its coronavirus webpage, HDI offers a free step-by-step, research-informed and faith-based planning manual for churches, as well as links to articles and resources.

We invite you to join us every Friday at 12 p.m. CST for a free webinar. In these weekly webinars, we will share research, resources and essential tools as this public health crisis unfolds. You’ll also gain insights into how to address the fear and anxiety that many people currently feel.

Webinar Registration


We also hope you will join us online on March 26 & 27 for the COVID-19 Church Online Summit.
As the situation with COVID-19 changes at a rapid pace, it’s important to continue thinking strategically and collectively about how we can serve our congregations and communities. During this two-day digital summit you will learn from leaders around the world about how your church can respond well to the coronavirus outbreak.

Online Summit Registration


 


Resources From NAE Members & Friends