The MARBC continues to review several resources available to pastors and church leaders to assist them as they prayerfully consider important procedures necessary for regathering in church facilities. Here are several links to help assist you in these matters. Do not hesitate to contact the MARBC office for further recommended resources and practical assistance.
Social Distancing Space Calculator Tool
Here is a helpful tool that can be used for calculating the spacing of tables and seatings for the purpose of proper social distancing.
Access the online calculator
COVID-19 Congregational Survey for Reengagement
LifeWay Research has developed and made available a free survey church leaders can send to everyone in their congregation.
The questionnaire asks about expectations of when to begin worship services, comfort level in attending large and small groups, precautions that should be made for the entire church and specific ministry areas, and more.
Church leaders won’t be able to please everyone when making decisions around gathering physically again.
But having congregational feedback can help leaders avoid causing undue stress on their people or making radical changes that most find unnecessary.
The survey is downloadable in .docx format so that it can be adapted to the context of the local church’s ministry.
Click here to download the LifeWay Research COVID-19 Congregational Survey
When Should Our Church Begin Meeting in Our Building Again?
The National Center for Life and Liberty has produced some helpful, downloadable materials pertaining to precautions and procedures as church begin to reopen their facilities.
Recommended Precautions for Your Ministry
Family Research Council Reopening Recommendations
America is moving closer to reopening. This welcome news comes with a dose of reality: we still need to be on our guard to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible. Churches across America will need to do a number of things as we transition to getting back to corporate worship. First, continue to meet the needs of our communities. Second, protect our vulnerable populations from the virus. Third, do our best to honor the directives of government authorities.
Guidelines for Reopening Your Church
What Pastors Should Know about the White House Plan to Open Up America
Restrictions on Religious Freedom during the Coronavirus Crisis
The Ready to Reopen Church Checklist
The Malphurs Group has released a ten-point summary of suggestions as churches prepare to reopen their facilities.
The Ready to Reopen Church Checklist
Legal and Practical Resources from Brotherhood Mutual Insurance
On April 24th, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-59, extending the stay at home order from April 9th, 2020 to May 15th, 2020. While the vast majority of the Executive Order doesn’t include changes that would directly impact churches and related-ministries, we certainly welcome your review to the full order (Executive Order 2020-59). To equip your partnered ministries to become guide points for their families, members, and community, we’ve included a link to Michigan’s Coronavirus Test Finder, which can direct community members to the nearest officially designated testing sites for the coronavirus.
Risk Management Resources for Safe Churches
Center for Disease Control: 6 New Symptoms for COVID-19
Coronavirus: Beware of Cyber Fraud
Ministry Coordination for Temporary Daycare Facilities
Practical Links to Increase Ministry Effectiveness
5 Questions Churches Should Ask Before Holding Virtual Meetings
Compare Donation Management Software Through Capterra
Empower Engagement & Online Giving Through Subslpash
As for now, our team is preparing additional information regarding the best practices and guidelines for ministries to consider when opening their doors back up for services. We plan to have these updates prior to the last date of the order (May 15, 2020) and will ensure that you receive these updates after they are sent out.
In the meantime, if you would like clarification on anything or additional assistance regarding the content of this email or COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime!