PDF | LEADING REOPENING, by Matt Willmington

As we continue with the process of reopening, let us remember what has worked for our churches these last few months and how to continue to incorporate those into our ministry.

Special thanks to Matt Willmington of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA for sharing some thought-provoking questions we must work through as we continue the process of reopening.

Leading is turning people from where they want to go and taking people where they do not want to go. It is important to lead with the rod and the staff. The rod protects and provokes people while the staff cares for and unites them.

Steps to follow:

  1. Listen to the authorities (Romans 13): CDC, local and state governments
  2. Listen to the frontlines (Acts 6): your staff and volunteers
  3. Listen to the community (1 Corinthians 6)
  4. Design the plan
  5. Deploy the plan
  6. Train your team
  7. Give them the ball
  8. Communicate frequently and clearly with your church members
  9. Tweak as you go
  10. PRAY


Questions to consider:


  1. Size: What size crowds can be handled each service? 500, 1000, 1500?
  2. Number/times: How many services are needed? What times?
  3. Staff: Where extra staff are needed for this plan?
  4. Signage: What info needs to be posted and where?
  5. Building doors: Which doors will be used? Doors propped open? What will hosts do? Will hosts wear masks? What cleaning is needed? When?
  6. Seating areas: Are areas open or closed? Which ones? 2.What cleaning is needed? When?
  7. Connect Center: Is a team in place? How do they interact with people? What cleaning is needed? When?
  8. Bathrooms: Which ones will be used, which closed? Will doors be propped open? Are panels needed to block sightlines? Which sinks and toilets are closed, used? What cleaning is needed? When?
  9. The Lion & The Lamb coffee shop: Is it open or closed? What serving, condiments protocol is needed? What cleaning is needed? When?
  10. Service entrance: Which doors used – Main St. back? Doors propped open? Are lines/stanchionsneeded for crowd awaiting entrance? What do ushers do? Do they wear masks? What cleaning is needed? When?
  11. Seating: Which seats used? Closed? How are they marked as such? Is balcony open or closed? Are Connect cards/pens in place or not? 4.What cleaning is needed? When?
  12. Offering: Is it taken, boxes, or just online?
  13. Baptism: Will more than 1 person/family be baptized each service? What team is needed? What cleaning is needed? When?
  14. Altar: How do team interact with people? Where?
  15. Service exit: Which doors used – side [ELC, Bruner]? Doors propped open? What cleaning is needed? When?

The Great Commission

"Then Jesus came to them and said, β€œAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
~Matthew 28:18-20

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