Church Reopening

Most Churchgoers, and Almost All Churches, Are Now Gathering in Person

"A majority of churches didn’t start holding in-person services again until June 2020. By September 2020, 87% met physically, but that dropped to 76% in January 2021, according to Lifeway Research studies conducted at the time. In August 2021, however, only 2% of churches did not meet in person at all." - Lifeway

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Christian Medical and Dental Association urges churches to pause gathering: Don't make church an idol

"'We have to slow the rising tide of COVID-19 cases, or our hospitals will be overrun,' the CMDA said in its 'A Plea to Our Churches' statement, which was authored by Jeffrey Barrows and Dr. Christopher Hook." - CPost

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LifeWay research: “87 percent of Protestant pastors in the U.S. say their church met in person in September”

"A majority of African American Protestant pastors (60 percent) say their congregations did not meet in person last month. Mainline pastors (31 percent) are more likely than evangelical pastors (7 percent) to say they did not physically gather in September." - BPNews

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Church is essential, but a particular form of gathering is not

"To declare that 'church is not church' unless it takes a certain form discounts our incredible history and demeans believers around the world who are meeting differently than we meet. And to insist that a specific form of church is essential can attach people more to the form than to the focus of our gatherings." - Eric Geiger

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“I preached where the worship leader sang and now I have COVID”

"My purpose in sharing my experience, once again, isn’t meant to shame churches conducting in-person gatherings. In fact, I’m still an advocate of churches conducting safe in-person gatherings. However, I hope my story will give churches who haven’t taken this virus as seriously a reason for pause." - CToday

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Summit Church to meet in homes for rest of 2020 due to COVID-19: JD Greear explains why

"Our church has used state guidelines to inform our decisions in order to protect our congregation and the public at large as we see this as the best way to love our neighbor and be a good witness to our community." - C.Post

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