Church Reopening

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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Pew: 79% of U.S. adults say “houses of worship should be required to follow the same rules about social distancing and large gatherings as other organizations or businesses in their local area.”

"Among U.S. Christians, about three-quarters say churches should be subject to the same rules as other businesses. Evangelical Protestants express the most support for giving houses of worship more flexibility, but even in this group, a 62% majority says houses of worship should be held to the same standards as other businesses and organizations" - Pew

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Our California church met in person. Legally.

"It is legal to meet for worship in California. But, to do so, churches must follow the regulations put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which involves meeting outside with masks and with distancing. How a church does that is up to them, but it is possible, as we have discovered." - RNS

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