Mar 18, 2020
Men in the Arena Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Monday, March 16, 2020
The Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference in McMinnville, OR on Saturday, April 4, 2020 will be postponed until March 6, 2021
Men in the Arena has been serving men and the local church for nearly eight years with our mission to, “build an army of men who are becoming their best version in Christ and changing their world (because when a man gets it—everyone wins).” In light of both the federal and local governments recent announcement about the Coronavirus, the Men in the Arena Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone our April 4, 2020 Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference event until March 6, 2021.
We passionately believe the truth of Hebrews 10:39, “But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.” We have come to this conclusion out of great faith, prayer, and wisdom; not fear.
We are navigating new waters. The MITA Board came to our difficult conclusion for three major reasons. First, our response is not a knee-jerk reaction to public panic. We waited, watched, and prayed over the weekend and came to an objective decision based on empirical information gathered. James 1:5 promises that God will grant wisdom when we pray for it. The Board determined that the wisest move is to postpone our event at this time.
Second, the CDC guideline recommend cancelling all events of more than 50 people. In Romans 13:1-7 followers of Jesus are told to be subject to governing authorities in circumstances not pertaining to faith. We adhere to this.
Lastly, if just one person got unnecessarily infected with the Virus, it would be a tremendous (and preventable) loss for all. In an effort to love and serve humanity with the highest level of integrity, and curtail this pandemic by diligently practicing “social distancing” we must postpone this event.
Will you join us in praying for those who will bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve the greater community.
Please let me know if the March 6, 2021 date will work for you. I understand if it does not. Your immediate response will be greatly appreciated.
Men in the Arena Board of Directors:
Jim Ramos, President
Mike Goins, Board Chair
Gary McCusker, Vice President
Patrick George, Board Member/ISI Event Leader
Kai Munshi, Board Member
John Kent, Board Member