Worship and Ministry in light of State Proclamations

Originally posted Thursday, November 19, 2020
Post edited Wednesday, December 9, 2020


Church family and friends,

In this season, Iowa governor, Kim Reynolds has issued and extended several emergency proclamations. These require social distancing, masks to be worn in public spaces, and limits to groups of 15 people. [1] [2] [3]  While these proclamations give flexibility to “religious gatherings,” the governor has asked churches to enact “reasonable practices” to protect staff, volunteers and others from being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. These measures hope to prevent Iowa hospitals from being overwhelmed.

1 Peter 2 as well as Romans 12 and 14 call Christians to submit to governing authorities whenever not an issue of sin. Wearing a mask and social distancing honors our leaders, blesses our community, and is a way we can love one another at church. In light of the proclamation and COVID-cases in our state, we, as your elders, ask that you would abide by these measures on Sunday mornings:

  • Worshipers must wear a mask unless at their seat.
  • Please sit with only members of your household.
  • If you or anyone in your family is sick, we ask that you worship online.

During the worship service, you are free to sit, sing and listen to the sermon without a mask, but we encourage you to consider wearing one.

Crossroads considers other events at the church as “public gatherings” since a few people outside our congregation still participate. Masks are required whenever more than 8 people are in the building for the foreseeable future.

Clubbers and volunteers are required to wear a mask at all times during AWANA. Clubs are also spread throughout the building so that no more than 15 clubbers and volunteers are gathered together at one time.

While some cities and states across the country are shutting down, and while many churches are going back to just online services, Crossroads will continue to hold in person worship. If you have questions, please reach out to any of the elders.

Please join us in praying for our church, our community, our hospitals, our state, and for our country.

Grace and peace,

David Tank
Senior Pastor


[1] Proclamation on November 10, 2020
[2] Proclamation on November 16, 2020
[3] Proclamation on December 8, 2020

This page will be updated in the event of further proclamations. A full list of the Iowa governor’s proclamations can be found here.

Pastor David Tank (7)

David Tank (BA, Sterling College; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), is pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Sheldon, Iowa. He and his wife, Sarah, have one son.