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COVID-19 Webinars for Overseers

covid-19 webinar for overseers

COVID-19 Pandemic Update for Assemblies – May 30, 2020


  • David Vallance MD, FACR (Livonia, MI, USA)
  • Lindsay Parks B.Sc., DO (Indiana, PA, USA)
  • Alexander Higgins MD, FAAFP (Barrington, NJ, USA)
  • Gary Tarrant MD, CCFP, FCFP, MDPAC(C) (St. John’s, NL, Canada)
  • Hosted by Caleb Simonyi-Gindele

The purpose of this webinar is to address three concerns as we look at the possibility of lockdown restrictions being lifted:

  1. Fidelity to doctrine
  2. The health and welfare of the believers
  3. The testimony of the assembly in the community

The teaching and recommendations made during this webinar should be considered suggestive. We respect the autonomy of local assemblies but understand that many who are serving the Lord’s people have questions about reconvening in a way that is sensitive to current conditions.

Session 1: COVID-19 Pandemic Review and Update

Dr. Vallance will review current COVID-19 statistics and projection models, review current and potential therapies, and discuss conspiracy theories and antivaccination biases.

Session 2: Government Directives and Current Best Practices to “Flatten the Curve” and Protect the Vulnerable

Dr. Parks will examine the rationale for government regulations, what “community mitigation” involves, policies that assemblies might adopt when they are permitted to meet again, and the value of continuing live-streamed and Zoom sessions for some scenarios.

Session 3: Addressing the Tension Between COVID-19 Requirements and Biblical Principles

Dr. Higgins will review what the Bible teaches about civil disobedience and whether COVID-19 directives call for that response. He will offer suggestions to overseers who wish to gather as biblically as possible and yet with a sensitivity towards the COVID-19 risks, especially for the sake of vulnerable saints within a local assembly.

Sessions will be 20-25 minutes each, followed by remarks on the Canadian and international contexts by Dr. Tarrant. The latter part of the webinar will be a Q&A session with questions submitted during webinar.

Held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ Noon Pacific / 3 PM Eastern / 8 PM UK time.

Downloads & Links from this Webinar

Past Webinars

#1: How To Conduct Online Assembly “Meetings” – John Bell, Justin Hale, A.J. Higgins. Held on Friday, March 20 at 6:15 PM CDT. Recording is available on YouTube. The instructions referred to by John are available in Word or RTF format. Also Justin Hale provided his slides from his presentation on why the online meetings should not be considered formal assembly gatherings.

About the author

Caleb Simonyi-Gindele

An overseer himself, Caleb's mission is to help other elders lead their local assembly through some of the unique challenges of the 21st century: both doctrinal and shepherding. More about Caleb.