Statement of Principles of Church–Civic Partnership on Contact Tracing

The COVID-19 pandemic has created serious challenges for leaders and citizens around the globe. The crisis is straining the abilities of churches to serve their communities, governments to protect their constituents, and healthcare agencies to mitigate the effect and spread of the virus.

One key to successfully confronting this crisis is for churches to conduct themselves as co-equal partners with civic entities to combat the spread of the coronavirus. As Christians, we are told to seek the welfare of the cities we serve (Jer. 29:7). Assuming this role in this season is paramount in loving our neighbors well, particularly the vulnerable (Mark 12:31). 

Civic leaders and public health experts have identified a number of helpful tools and procedures that can be followed to raise community awareness and protect individual health. One such procedure is known as contact tracing. The process calls for phone dispatchers to contact individuals who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 so they may take steps to limit their interactions with others, thus stopping the spread of the virus.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is committed to fostering partnership between church leaders and civic leaders as both have unique, complementary roles in this season. To help with such partnership, here are some considerations that civil authorities and churches could take into account as they deliberate on the best ways to work together: 

Brent Leatherwood

Brent Leatherwood currently serves as Acting President of the ERLC, as well as Vice President of External Affairs and Chief of Staff. Before coming to the ERLC, he served as the executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party from December 2012 to December 2016, where he managed the organization’s campaign apparatus at … Read More

Travis Wussow

Travis Wussow serves as the Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel. Travis led the ERLC’s first international office located in the Middle East prior to joining the Washington DC office. He received a B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The … Read More