Guidance for the New Normal

by Rick Kirchoff. Clergy Coaching Network, April 22, 2020.


This blog post summarizes good reopening practices from multiple sources for returning to worship facilities after COVID-19 restrictions.


questions to consider as buildings reopen; topics like social distancing, worship, singing, children, staffing, discipleship, senior adult ministry, digital services, giving, outreach; resource list

Recommended Audience

clergy and senior leaders, especially Christian



Practical Applications

  • Consider how welcoming might change with social distancing protocols in place by discussing with your hospitality team.
  • Discover how community ministry outside your building may take on new importance in a time of public health crisis.

About the Contributor

Kelly Minas

Kelly Minas designs and directs evaluation processes for grants, resource consulting, and educational programs at the Center for Congregations. Kelly received an undergraduate degree in American culture from Vassar College, where she was active in interfaith work on campus, and a master’s degree in contemporary sociology from the University of Leicester in England.

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