COVID-19 Updates

May 12, 2020

Dear friends,

Thank you for your patience as we have closely monitored the ever-developing COVID-19 situation, regularly communicated with Kansas City representatives and earnestly asked the Lord for wisdom. Thank you for praying with and for us.

For almost two years, our team has planned and prepared for Challenge 2020. We’ve looked forward to serving, worshipping and growing with you in Kansas City. However, our commitment to your health and safety—along with our obligation to follow health and safety measures recommended by local government and health organizations—has made it clear:

The best way to serve you this summer is to shift Challenge 2020 from a physical gathering in Kansas City to a one-night, virtual gathering.

We know students have experienced significant losses in the last two months. The shift from an in-person experience is another frustration felt by students, ministry leaders and the Challenge team in this season. We’re disappointed we can’t see you in person this summer, but we’re excited to bring Challenge 2020 to you digitally. Please pray with us that this change allows for thousands of students to hear about the rest offered by Jesus Christ.

Please visit our FAQ page for more information about this shift, including refund options. We will announce more information about the virtual event soon. If you have further questions, contact us at challenge@efca.org.

April 8, 2020

With Challenge 2020 just three months away, our team is working hard to plan an event that will be safe for our attendees and the people of Kansas City.

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, following the direction of local and national governments and health organizations, and we are communicating regularly with representatives from Kansas City. Our team has set a deadline of May 15 for finalizing whether we will be able to hold the conference. As of today, Kansas City is looking forward to welcoming us in July, and we are preparing to gather there, Lord willing.

Please join us in praying that:

  1. Healthcare professionals and government officials would have wisdom regarding events like ours
  2. Our team would exercise wisdom and discernment as we prepare for various scenarios
  3. God would use this situation for His glory as we seek to minister to a world in need

Official statements by the EFCA national office regarding the status of Challenge will be made via EFCA and Challenge websites and social media platforms, as well as the Challenge Update newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

We will communicate options regarding refunds in May.

If you have questions, please email challenge@efca.org. Thank you for your understanding and prayers.

March 17, 2020

Challenge 2020 will continue as scheduled until additional information becomes available. We have a team monitoring the situation closely, and the health and safety of all attendees remain among our highest priorities.

Official statements by the EFCA national office regarding the status of Challenge will be made via efca.org, EFCA and Challenge social media platforms, and the Challenge Update newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

As we continue to follow the direction of local and national governments and health organizations, join us in praying for the health, peace and comfort for all those affected by this pandemic. Pray also that God would provide wisdom and discernment to all those in key leadership and decision-making roles.

If you have questions, please email challenge@efca.org.