A Sampling of How a Number of Evangelical Free Churches in the United States Celebrated Easter Online in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Easter in the United States was changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As states from California to New York and Louisiana among others grappled with a national pandemic many states asked Christians to stay home and practice social distancing. From an overview it appears as if the EFCA followed the guidelines imposed by state and local health authorities. This blog would like to say thank you to the EFCA for doing its part to stay at home and helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This post is a look at how a number of EFCA churches around the United States celebrated Easter. From outside Seattle, Washington to Tampa, Florida. From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Thousand Oaks, California this is how a number of churches inside the EFCA celebrated Easter during a challenging time. 

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While Evangelicals Tend to Clash with Science, Henry Williams of Five Oaks Church in Woodbury, Minnesota Prays for a Vaccine for COVID-19 and Scientists Working the Pandemic

The other day I had a conversation with a person who is in an EFCA church. My question was why aren’t evangelicals praying for the sick or for a vaccine to be found? Instead of preying what I am seeing is some evangelicals in social media and elsewhere saying that the virus is a hoax and no different than the flu. That horrifies me to be frank. Yesterday I saw something in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic that I wanted to emphasize. While many evangelicals tend to be in conflict with science the other day Henry Williams who leads an EFCA church in Woodbury, Minnesota prayed for scientists to find a vaccine against the coronavirus and for the scientists as they work to resolve the issue. It was a refreshing take I wanted to single out. Continue reading

How Constance Free Church in Andover, Minnesota is Responding to the COVID-19 Situation

As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the United States here is an example of how an EFCA Church in the North Central District of Minnesota responded to the situation. Services were canceled and moved online. In addition Constance Free Church stressed the importance of financial giving. In my view that is stressed more than it should. Especially with all the issues playing out right now. Continue reading

On Martin Luther King Day Being Thankful for the Efforts by EFCA North Central District Superintendent Brian Farone in Addressing Racial Injustice

Last year the EFCA leadership visited The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Brian Farone who is the EFCA District Superintendent in the North Central District of Minnesota came away convinced that the topic of racism needed to be wrestled with by other EFCA pastors and leaders. The North Central District put together a trip in March of 2020 to allow for pastors to see the memorial and wrestle with the topic of racism and see how it affects their congregation. On this Martin Luther King day this blog would like to commend Brian Farone for his efforts in combating racial injustice.  Continue reading

Why the EFCA Needs to Discuss Spiritual Abuse and How John Secrest Can Be the Point Person on this Topic

The EFCA needs to start to have a discussion about spiritual abuse. From EFCA One, to blog posts and district conferences its time for the national EFCA to begin to discuss spiritual abuse. Inside the denomination there is one individual who should lead the discussion and guide it. John Secrest is an EFCA pastor who went through the dark Harvest Bible Chapel scandal, and yet he’s the perfect candidate to lead the EFCA in a discussion about spiritual abuse.  Continue reading