Why we launched this project
Our project began as a discussion among friends with a common question: what was the Church doing to respond to the once-in-a-generation crisis that COVID-19 represents, and how could we help?
To be open about our assumptions, we believe that:
The Church is called to be Jesus' hands and feet, serving sacrificially wherever there is suffering, and in doing so, modeling Christ’s love to the rest of the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents us with both a unique challenge and a unique opportunity to honor that call in an impactful and visible way.
Leadership matters in moments like these, and that the public statements Christian leaders and organizations make are one useful (though incomplete) way to understand the directions in which they are leading.
Motivated by these ideas, we began to measure and publish data on the visible leadership of major Christian influencers and organizations on the topic of our response to COVID-19. Our intent was and is to “spur one another on to love and good deeds” with the end goal that people suffering from COVID-19’s impacts experience God’s love through God's Church. Specifically, we hope to:
Provide a data-driven approach to measuring Church's response to crises;
Help focus effort and energy where it most needed; and
Help motivate people we need to lead to step up and do so.
Our project is voluntary and self-funded. We’re doing this to learn, and to share what we’re learning.