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There is clear historic precedence for the Church playing a major role in wide-scale epidemic disease and pandemics... read more

Pastors will likely face three main concerns during an influenza pandemic:
1. How to continue pastoring when people don't really want to mingle in large groups (business continuity);
2. How to equip their members for self-care (member care); and
3. How to serve their neighbouring communities (community service).
While schools and businesses have important roles to play in this regard, churches are especially well positioned to translate pandemic preparedness plans into a meaningful response at the most local of levels.
Two characteristics of churches, particularly, make this so: church networks are broad (denominational and interdenominational networks span the country) and deep (the majority of churches have multiple community-based cell-groups); and Christian churches have built into them the double mandate of both loving God and also caring for their neighbours.
The most effective community-based response will likely come through existing and newly established mutual assistance groups in that cell groups are small (efficient), local (relevant), independent (resilient) yet connected (informed).
Authoritative, timely, relevant situation updates could be readily disseminated to such cell group networks, as could be recommendations for self care. A program dedicated to the training of trainers for further multiplication of such cell-groups needs to be a core focus for planners.

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TedH Church Excuses - Do you have more? 0 Nov 11 2007, 2:03 PM EST by TedH
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I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing, and am all the better for it! ...
Lack of love. Unfortunately, it is this very thinking that ultimately leads to the breakdown of civil societies.

Few other people or organizations are doing anything about it. Why should I? ...
Being led by approval of others, not God. Jesus’ model to us was the opposite.

It is someone else’s responsibility – NOT MINE!...
A deep rooted selfishness that doesn’t get that God might want to use them to help others in such emergencies.

A need to be the life saver rather than first obedient to God. He may want you to prepare to save many lives later at the cost of one or two now. His call!

We are going to heaven anyway… So what if we die?...
Selfishness, lack of any love. What about those left behind?

Everything is going great right now. Why rock the boat?...
Pride and the need to be in control. God is known to rock our boat in such situations.
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