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COVID-19: An Incarnational Opportunity to Rethink Partnerships with Schools

By Andy Hale

As a Type A planner, I have had to push through the frustration of nearly six to nine months of well-planned ministries, events, and programs going by the wayside due to the continued strain of the current pandemic. Canceling such things is nothing compared to the pain and suffering of millions of people who have lost their jobs, battled the virus, lost their lives, and those economically exploited by this pandemic.

At the same time, I know that many of you are just like me. We want to make a real and practical difference in your community, specifically those who are feeling the brunt of all of this. Educators, and the children they serve, are one of those groups hit hardest by this crisis.  

University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge has a long-term partnership with our neighborhood school. For over 30 years, church members have volunteered time in the classroom, read with children, encouraged teachers, and so on. But right now, many aspects of this partnership are impossible to fulfill due to the current state of things.

The CBF Podcast hosted a panel conversation with educational practitioners and advocates to help churches consider how they might be the presence of Jesus during this crisis. The interview featured Cameron Vickrey, associate director of Pastors for Texas Children, Sara Langford, school teacher at Liberty North High School, and Angel Pittman, CBF field personnel and education advocate.

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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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