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Essential Guide to Reopening Your Church Post-COVID-19

Checklist: Essential Guide to Reopening Your Church Post-COVID-19

1. Prepare Your Church Building

2. Plan Your Welcome Back Service or Event

  • Figure out what type of event you want to host: regular Sunday Service, smaller mid-week gathering, special after-service BBQ, etc….
  • Choose a location for the event (church building, parking lot, park, or rented space).
  • Schedule a date for the event (multiple times of the same event might be needed to adhere to social distancing guidelines).
  • Organize food and equipment as needed.
  • Ask for volunteers to help set up chairs, tables and direct traffic.
  • Set up your Watch Online option.

3. Promote Your Opening (depending on the seating capacity you can have)

  • Set up outdoor banners with service information outside your church building.
  • Run Facebook ads in your area to make people aware about your reopening date.
  • Send out invite postcards to people’s homes inviting them to come in person or to watch online.

4. Be Ready to Welcome Members and Guests

  • Gather and retrain your Greeting and Parking Teams.
  • Set up a check-in system. Be prepared to offer masks to visitors.
  • Equip Parking Team with appropriate directional signs .
  • Provide Greeters with Welcome Back hand held signs.
  • Buy floor stickers to help direct traffic and ensure that social distancing measures are being followed.
  • Keep your Online service and be sure to welcome them during your services.

5. Follow Up

  • Meet with ministry leaders to create a list of areas that can be improved.
  • Send out a note to thank people for coming and invite them back.
  • Make an email list and send out a follow up with a list of upcoming events.
  • Ask Ministry leaders to check in with online members and stay engaged digitally.
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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye