Guidelines for In-Person Worship
The National Apostolic Christian Leadership Conference has released guidelines for churches returning to in-person worship services. The federal stay-at-home order expires on Thursday, April 30. In its place, the “Opening Up America Again” policy provides guidelines for the state governors to reopen commerce. This is a three-phase plan that requires a sustained drop in COVID-19 new cases. A recent White House call with faith leaders indicated it would take six to eight weeks to get through the three phases of this plan. States, counties/parishes, and local authorities will adopt various timelines and procedures. Churches also should begin to look at how to return to in-person worship services.
Churches should begin preparations now for the return of in-person worship services. These preparations include items such as specialized cleaning procedures, checklists, service scheduling, and volunteer training. Each community and congregation will have concerns about the safety of worship services. Pastors and church leaders should seek to hear those concerns and address them. How will we conduct church services? How many will there be? What will be done to ensure the safety of the worshippers? When will the services resume? These questions must be considered thoughtfully and prayerfully.
To that end, the NACLC has threaded through federal and state recommendations to supply church leaders with information needed to make decisions. The complete guidelines are available here.
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