Re-opening

As restrictions from state and local governments begin to loosen, many ministries are considering when they should welcome workers back into their buildings and how that should happen. There are many considerations for each place of work, and your ministry’s situation might require different measures than others.

Virutaual PCW Conference Presentation form May 18 - Helping a Church to Come Back to the Building in a Safe Way - Nancy Boriack, USAF Colonel, Retired - Click to Watch Replay

President Denninger's Letter (May 18, 2020)  The big question When are you going back for your first worship service? I’m hearing two opposite emotions as churches make decisions about re-opening their doors for worship. Some are excited while others are anxious.

Through some of our key partners, we’ve collected resources that can help as you think about how to bring workers back. You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for additional information about cleaning and disinfecting workspaces. 

  • Sample Recovery Plan - Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church shares their plan.
  • Ready to Open Church Checklist - from the Malphurs Group
  • CPS has launched HR Services, our full-service HR solution that provides assistance and resources to LCMS ministries. Through this service, we have made the following resources available.*
    • A Return to Work checklist, which contains information your ministry should consider related to leave policies, hiring practices and policies, work from home and childcare policies, and more. Additional considerations for health and safety and additional best practices for leaders are also included.
    • A Welcome Back letter template that can be adjusted to fit your ministry’s needs.
    • Additional resources are available at no cost on our partner’s COVID-19 Crisis Response Center website. The site features additional sample forms and letters, videos explaining key tasks your ministry may need to undertake and more.
  • Cigna has provided a Resources for Reopening document that addresses the following:
    • How your ministry can reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at your workplace.
    • What to do if an employee has COVID-19 symptoms.
    • When employees can return to work if they have demonstrated symptoms.
    • How to be aware of scams and fraud attempts during the pandemic.
  1. Reopen checklist
  2. Considerations for returning to in-person worship ELCA Considerations for Returning to In-person Worship,
  3. “A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing,”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFl3GsVzj6Q&t=1574s
  4. “Church Music in the Age of COVID-19,” Wisconsin Council of Churches,https://www.wichurches.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Returning-to-Church-Church-Music-final.pdf

Reopen checklist Considerations for Returning to In-person Worship, (ELCA)

“A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing,

Church Music in the Age of COVID-19,” Wisconsin Council of Churches