God is alive and at work! As we prepare to reopen our houses of worship
amidst our global pandemic parameters and COVID-19 confinement, Greenforest
Community Baptist Church joins other churches in taking the necessary steps.
Below is a blueprint we’ve developed, not a comprehensive approach but one to
allow C.H.R.I.S.T. to order our next
C – Communicate constantly
Over-communicate with your core leaders, local congregation, and surrounding community on consistent days, in consistent ways, and on consistent platforms/mediums.
H – Highlight health protocols
Emphasize new safety practices and label where
the new “sanitation stations” are located.
R – Recruit a relaunch team
Recruit at least 5-7 people to assist with
strategizing, implementing, and assessing the reopening process. Also develop a
task forceto monitor and
inform the church of health updates, data, and local health resources.
I – Implement in increments
Slowly introduce and include new practices,
small groups, youth ministry, additional worship services, new ministries, and
S – Study the stats
Compile, review, analyze, and report the
analytics, data, measurements, and trends to help drive future decisions. This
info will help you prepare for your 2021 budgetary process.
T – Try creating a timeline
Establish a tentative 4-month timetable (June,
July, August, September) that everyone can follow.
There will be questions you’ll need to address
before relaunching. Below are the ones we’ve developed.
Health and Safety
- What are the local, county, state, and
national parameters for gathering?
- Will you set up additional “Sanitization
Stations” around your church?
- What safety measures are you implementing
around social distancing?
- Will attendees be asked to wear masks, gloves,
or other PPE?
- How will Communion, Baptism, the Lord’s
Supper, and Offering be done differently?
Communication and tech teams
- What will be your primary ways of communicating with your members?
- Do you need an online pastor?
- Have you assigned someone to capture data and measure analytics? (i.e. worship attendance, worship viewership, classes, and giving)
- Will you continue to offer online virtual
worship and classes?
- Do you need to establish new worship times or shorten
- How will your church practice social
distancing for weddings, funerals, mid- week worship, receptions, fellowships,
and other large gatherings?
- What counseling will you provide people who are mentally struggling?
- How will you care for your senior citizens?
- How will you care for the sick, shut-in, and bereaved?
- Are you planning to thoroughly sanitize your
facility before opening?
- How often will your deep-cleaning intervals
youth, and teens
- How will you slowly and methodically convene young people?
Small groups Bible
- Which month will you start to slowly implement Small Groups?
- How will you make prayer a priority in the
- Have you mapped out your preaching for the
- What new evangelism strategies do you need to
- What ministries do you need to combine, add,
Choirs and band
- Will the choir sing from the choir loft?
- Does the band need to social distance when playing
- Will you utilize congregational singing or
only use a small praise team?
- Will the staff work entirely virtually? In
- Does your staff need new or additional
- Are there any staff you need to transition to
places of need or phase in?
- How will you monitor the church’s financial
income and expenses?
- Will you launch a giving campaign? Or start
- Have you asked lenders for a reprieve on
mortgages or other debt?
- What additional expenses do you need to incur
for your relaunch?
- Do you need to reschedule key events?
- Are you willing to do Virtual VBS and other
yearly ministry events?
These are considerations we haven’t had to
make as pastors, and so developing a plan is crucial to how we continue to
minister and share the love of Christ effectively.