Atlanta Megachurch Suspends In-Person Worship for Remainder of Year

(Facebook/Andy Stanley)

An Atlanta-area megachurch announced this week it will suspend all in-person worship services for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Point Community Church, which meets in multiple locations throughout metro Atlanta and was named the second-largest church in the U.S. in 2017 with a weekly attendance of more than 30,000, is led by pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley. "'Carry one another's burdens. In this way you fulfill the law of Christ.' Galatians 6:2" greets those who visit the church's website.

The church had previous planned to resume service in August. However, Stanley shared in a video posted on WSB-TV2 in Atlanta, "As you would imagine, that was not a casual decision. Back in May when we announced a possible August 9 reopening, the COVID numbers were moving in the right direction. That has changed. Consequently, we cannot guarantee your safety, and that's a big part of this decision."

In weekend services, Andy shared an interview with Stuart Hall, a survivor of the coronavirus, and his wife, Kellee. When he posted the video of the interview on Twitter, he wrote, "When global becomes personal."

In his announcement, Stanley added that he realized some would view this as a lack of faith on his part. "I actually have a lot of faith," he said. "In fact, I have so much faith that I'm absolutely confident that the church and our church will not only survive this, but I think ultimately, we're going to thrive as a result. ... 2,000 years of church history attest to the fact that Jesus is actually building His church, and we are simply invited to participate in the process."

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