Like so many churches and other organizations, we continue to try to navigate through the current pandemic pivoting to make needed changes for safety and recommendations of the CDC and local government and then pivoting again as we reopen safely as well as continue the innovations that began with the pandemic to provide service for the widest possible audience in the safest manner possible.
A number of friends and associates have asked me to share our plans and reasoning for our reopening plans that might inform and better equip them as they respond to their situation. Our stages and timetable made sense for our organization in our place and time and would likely need modification for yours. However, the idea of staged reopening and the principles behind it may be helpful to others, so I offer it with that in mind.
Socially Distanced and Socially Responsible Reopening Plan
IUCC Stages & Guidelines
*Online Worship will continue permanently even after we gather for in-person worship
Note: Governor Holcomb’s plan allows people to worship responsibly beginning May 8, but we recommend waiting 1 week after Stage 3 of “Back on Track” (May 24) until MAY 31 unless there is a significant change.
We are blessed with a large sanctuary as well as a large entrance area and Gathering Space which allows people to practice social distancing.
Stage 1 May 31 (Stage 3 of Gov Holcomb’s Guidelines (May 24th but will begin 1 week later) When allowed to meet in groups 100 and under and lessening restrictions for those 65 & older:
Stage 2 June 14 (Stage 4 Indiana “Back on Track”) When allowed to meet in groups 250 & under
Stage 3 July 4 and following (Indiana Stage 4.5/5 of “Back on Track”)
We continue to use Operational Risk Management (ORM) Principles in looking at above stages:
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Dr TJ Jenney, PhD
Dr. T. J. Jenney, Ph.D. is a seasoned pastor and leader who has served churches as well as served as a campus minister and chaplain for police and fire departments as well as the Air Force Auxiliary. Dr. Jenney also served as a faculty member at Purdue University, serving as an adjunct professor in Organizational Leadership. His experience includes serving as a president and CEO of non-profit organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Higher Education Administration from Purdue and an M.Div and an S.T.M. from Yale University. He served as a contributing editor of William B. Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (1989) and Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000), as well as written articles for journals.