Figuring out how to re-open church?

We’re here to help.

This section will provide you with resources and considerations to make when building your reopening strategy.

Not every resource and idea is a one-size-fits-all, and not everything will work best for your congregation. If you have questions or still need some guidance in a particular area, reach out to us and we will be happy to help figure it out with you.

You’re not alone.

Download BCYD Resource Get a snapshot of your congregants’ overall sentiments about coming back to in-person services.
RE-OPENING RESOURCES
How to Lead Through the Coronavirus Crisis
Re-Opening The Church Videos to help with re-opening your church facility
COVID-19 & Your Church
How your church can be responding during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic
Sunday Gatherings Resources Free Media for Churches
Resources

Remove the barrier of technology so any church can reach people for Christ through online ministry.

  • PLANS TO RE-OPEN CHURCH
    Leaders.Church Highlights
    Questions to ask before re-opening

  • ONLINE GIVING OPTIONS
    Check out Planning Center Giving
    Tithely
    LifeWay Generosity Giving
    Link your church's Charitable Impact online giving page.   Click here. 

  • ONLINE STREAMING CHURCH SERVICES
    See ProChurch Tools How To Create an Online Church Service
    Pastoring Your Chat Room
    Measuring Online Church Attendance.  Click here.
    The Dummies Guide to Live Streaming.  Click here
    Streaming on the Phone - For Ministries, Elderly.  Click here.

  • CCLI LICENSING 
    Need To Stream Your Service online?
    Stay Connected With Your Congregation.  Find out more here

  • PRODUCTION
    Production Coaching for Churches.  Find out more here.

  • GUIDE FOR CHURCHES
    How to quickly ramp up your digital ministry, digital services, and digital giving.

  • PAOC CHURCH RESOURCES
    PAOC District coaches share about different issues relating to the church and COVID-19.

  • BARNA GROUP - Resource Kit

  • KIDS MINISTRY   Click here.
    What about VBS this summer?   Click here.

  • CHURCH COMMUNICATION  Click here.

  • THE ULTIMATE CORONAVIRUS GUIDE FOR CHURCHES  Click here.
    How to quickly ramp up your digital ministry, digital services, and digital giving.

  • ALPHA ONLINE
    During moments of uncertainty and “social distancing,” finding creative ways to continue to meet together is more vital than ever. Find out resources and webinar sessions to help facilitate. 


  • KIDS VIDEOS
    Reach kids even if they're not in your building with top-quality video messages. Find Bible App for Kids videos for the little ones, Konnectfor elementary, and Loop and Switch for the older kids. They're all formatted for the web and ready to stream. 

    Access our Next Generation Ministries Resource Page

  • YOUVERSION PLANS WITH FRIENDS
    In the YouVersion Bible App, you can study and discuss Bible plans with a group—your congregation, small groups, or online attenders—and keep a community strong even while you're apart. Download the app, start a plan, and add friends

  • SMALL GROUPS
    Here are a few ways to continue to meet with your church groups remotely while in-person meetings may be cancelled due to health concerns or other reasons.

    • Your study groups may not be meeting in person during this time but you can suggest they meet virtually.  RightNowMedia can provide this to your congregation. 
    • There are multiple free video conferencing options that groups can use to meet such as Zoom Meetings, Google Hangouts, and Skype. These platforms enable screen sharing, meaning one person can share their screen while the study is playing and the group can still watch together with discussion to follow.
    • Alternatively, you can ask the group members to watch on their own beforehand and then use video conferencing, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger as a platform for your group discussions.
Church Streaming Church online Platform
Opportunity For The Church's Finest Hour

When all of us churches registered for charity status, we made a promise to our government that we would ‘advance religion’ by bringing spiritual, emotional and physical assistance to everyone possible in our communities, our country and around the world. We made this same promise to Jesus, when we became His followers, signing on the spiritual dotted line of the Great Commission. Every one of us has followed Jesus as far as asking Him into our hearts to pay for our sins. However, placed before us, at this unprecedented time in history regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, is probably the finest hour and greatest opportunity for every Christian and the church as a whole to rise up in following Jesus by bringing that spiritual, emotional and physical assistance that we have committed to bringing than ever before.  As a District Network, the BCYD team is committing to bringing you an ever-growing list of creative ideas to help you bring this ministry assistance in your area. As soon as we learn of more ideas, we will commit to including them in our resources represented here, where you can find new ideas.

Keeping Finances Strong Church Communication Resources
The Church Response to COVID-19
Ministering in the New Reality

As churches establish new norms for communicating and meeting with one another, it’s important to pay attention to the needs around them. What are you doing to meet the real-life needs of people within your church and within your community?

The situation is creating opportunities to love our neighbors in tangible and noticeable ways.

Download Kit
Post-Coronavirus Facility Re-Opening Checklist

Smart Church Solutions has developed this guide to help you consider how you can effectively and intentionally resume a limited live meeting and worship experience while still adhering to the ever-changing recommendations. We have attempted to present many of the more difficult choices you will need to consider prior to the resumption of operations, albeit in a limited capacity. Whether you personally agree with some of the suggestions and restrictions on large group gatherings (that vary from state to state and sometimes county to county), we encourage you to take the lead in adhering to public gathering safety guidelines. To intentionally disregard suggested measures is not prudent nor is it a good witness. This list is NOT exhaustive and must be considered at the local church level. Be wise and prudent as you navigate these highly unique times.

Post-Coronavirus Facility Re-Opening Checklist Annual or Special General Meetings
Annual or Special General Meetings

As you may be aware, due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the CRA has extended the T3010 reporting date to December 31, 2020, and, for incorporated churches, BC Societies has extended the Society’s Annual Report to December 31, 2020. This does allow additional time for churches to either postpone their AGM or create alternative methods to complete their AGM before restrictions are lifted.
When considering which method to choose, it is important to review the permission found in your Constitution and Bylaws document. 

Click here to see further details
COVID-19 Pastoral Care Assessment

Maintaining contact is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. And yet, the uncertainties of the pandemic, along with the many complications it has produced, making it difficult to know how to reach out to your congregation. To help you, a set of questions to use as a general framework for checking on members of your congregation.

Download Pastoral Care Assessment Helpful Covid Articles

Clarifying Digital Engagement

For this episode, Tony Morgan invited Tiffany Deluccia, director of sales and marketing, to join the podcast to give a different perspective.

We think you’re going to find this conversation helpful. Ultimately, we need to be giving the most attention to tracking things that help us make decisions that align what we’re doing online with our bigger picture ministry goals.

Find details and information here

Measuring Success Online

Life.Church Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel has a message specifically for online pastors. Then, keep watching for a quick masterclass in how to measure attendance and gauge success for an online church audience.

How To Create An ONLINE Church Service In 2020

ProChurch Tools helps explore specific service elements, recording options, and special considerations to make church online the absolute best it can be.
Checklists for Church regarding Coronavirus

With the spread of the coronavirus, we want to help churches take the appropriate measures to plan, prepare, and protect their people from the pandemic. In this free training, you will find 4 videos, 7 ministry-specific checklists, and a sample pandemic policy all for you to contextualize for your church.

Access the Online Resource

Due to the continued reports of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re choosing to exercise caution to support the safety and health of our community. We know that the Coronavirus has become a worldwide concern and is on the top of everyone’s minds. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada for how best to respond to the developing situation.  

We’ve compiled resources for you to use when communicating about the Coronavirus within your church. The goal of this messaging is to provide important information without instilling fear. Here are some important things to consider as part of your communication strategy with your church.

Let people know of the actions your church is taking.

  • We are dedicated to offering a clean and safe environment.
  • Our facilities are cleaned regularly.
  • In addition to hand soap available in the bathrooms, we have a supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizers available for use at every service time and location.
  • We plan to continue our weekly services but are monitoring the situation and following recommendations from provincial and local government agencies.

 
Provide examples of best practices for not spreading germs.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use soap and water when possible.
  • If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.


Share encouragement through scripture.

  • In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
  • 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Check out these examples of how churches have started communicating about the Coronavirus.


The news around the Coronavirus is changing rapidly. Always refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada for local government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.

 

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