Christ Community Church in the Kansas City and Kansas area recently sent out a survey to its members and attenders asking them a number of questions about re-opening and some issues under consideration. As this blog continues to write about the EFCA and the COVID-19 pandemic this blog is documenting how Christ Community Church is carefully proceeding on the difficult issue of re-opening.
“Better to be safe than sorry.“
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
John 3:17 ESV
Welcome to Kansas City sign in Kansas City Airport
The issue of re-opening church inside the EFCA is a difficult one amidst the current pandemic. I subscribe to a lot of newsletters and church updates and read what some people are saying and suggesting. EFCA West which consists of most of California, Southern Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas made recommendations to their churches on the issue of re-opening. Those guidelines were subsequently shared by Brian Farone who leads the North Central District of Minnesota with his EFCA Churches. You can read those recommendations in, “What EFCA West and the North Central District are Recommending When it Comes to Re-opening Churches During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This is the topic of other EFCA Districts as well. This blog wrote a post directed to the Eastern District leadership of the EFCA making some suggestions on the issue of re-opening churches which can be read in, “When it Comes to Re-Opening EFCA Churches in the Eastern District During the COVID-19 Pandemic Some Thoughts For Dr. Cedrick Brown and Tony Balsamo From an Asthmatic Sheltered at Home.”
The issue of re-opening has much risk and a lot of questions. What is most disturbing is that this pandemic can have several waves. The Spanish Flu in 1918 had several waves and more Americans were killed (675,000) in that influenza then all the wars combined in American history. As this pandemic drags on Christ Community Church in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas is sending out surveys to their congregation about re-opening and different measures that may be under consideration. Some measures may include temperature checks of people who want to attend church. It will be interesting to see what develops as this blog monitors Christ Community Church. You can see the church’s communications and survey below. As usual this blog wishes Christ Community well and hopes that people stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dear Christ Community,
We miss you and are so eager to meet together in person. We long for that day and pray for it often, and we will reopen as soon as we believe it is wise for us to do so.
If you haven’t done so already, please take this SURVEY to help us.
We realize there is a broad range of opinions, and while we seek to make the best decisions possible, your candid input about your own preference and comfort level would be greatly appreciated.
Regardless of when we reopen, we will continue to offer online services for the vulnerable and those who prefer to remain at home.
Although our states are beginning to reopen, the restrictions placed on gatherings of any reasonable size make it prohibitive for us to meet in person for the time being. When we are able to gather, we will strive to create an environment that maintains reasonable expectations for safety. Those words mean different things to different people, so please pray for us and those who are advising us, so we can make the right decisions at the right time. We are doing our best to be informed by science and by prayer.
When we do regather in person, we want it to feel like Christ Community, and this means creating a safe, warm, and welcoming environment to which we will (soon) feel like inviting our friends and neighbors. We’ll need a strong complement of volunteers eager and ready to go, and we’ll need enough active participants to enable a meaningful in-person church experience.
It is likely different campuses will open for worship services on different dates. Our different facilities, different size congregations, along with other campus dynamics will affect our decision-making. While we are unified in our desires, our execution and timing will likely vary.
In the meantime, if you’re able and you feel comfortable, as the restrictions continue to be lifted, we encourage you to participate in online services together with friends, perhaps your community group. Continue being the church by loving your neighbors through the work you do, your acts of service and kindness, and sharing with them the hope that you have. And pray for your leaders: for wisdom, creativity, and unity!
We love you and miss you. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of us or your campus pastor.
In the following section you will see the survey that Christ Community Church is sending out to its members and attenders.