Due to the realities and restrictions in place because of the coronavirus, we are canceling USMB Gathering 2020, our biennial National Pastor’s Conference and National Convention.
Although it’s sad that we won’t be together this summer, we know that canceling USMB Gathering 2020 is the best thing to do. When we gather, we love to mingle, hug, shake hands, laugh, sing and worship. All of that would be compromised in some way—no hugs, social distancing of 6 feet and singing with face masks on. All this with the potential that someone might unknowingly be present with COVID-19 and pass that on to others who then take it back home.
In addition, several of our churches have faced financial challenges due to the pandemic and would struggle to send their pastor and delegates. Those who would need to fly might find that experience daunting.
So instead, we‘ll do a few things online via Zoom during the week of July 21-25 when the gathering was to occur—be watching for those announcements.
And praise God that we are united in spirit as we pray for one another and as we share through various means our stories of the exciting and wonderful things God is doing within our MB family—or, more simply, as we increase our impact, together!
USMB Gathering 2020 was scheduled for July 21-25, 2020, at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, Missouri. We will issue registration refunds, minus credit card fees, to those who had pre-registered.
Don Morris, National Director