Conversation Guide to Reopening Your Church Building

American Baptist Churches, USA

Conversation Guide to Reopening Your Church Building

As local, state and governmental leaders begin to announce plans for reopening the country, it seems wise for pastors and church leaders to begin holding conversations and making preparations for reopening our places of worship.  It is important to recognize that safety concerns will require our worship and ministry to be conducted differently as we return to a new reality. Gathering guidelines from officials may be implemented in stages and may be different from one county to the next. Advance preparation may be the key to keeping persons safe when we return to our activities. This guide is designed to help you ponder various points of consideration as your church implements new methods, policies and procedures. It specifically focuses on two core areas, the physical and the personal.

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Registration is now open for ABCCONN’S 2020 LAY MINISTRY INSTITUTE.

Class Cycle Dates

Cycle 1: September 11th-16th

Cycle 2: October 23rd-24th

Cycle 3: November 14th

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COVID-19 Additional Helpful Links

As we continue to get through these times, we would like to share these helpful hints with you. 

This link is a message from the Acting General Secretary Jeff Woods.  

Get the latest updates on the Coronavirus, Covid-19 at the CDC link.



10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Pastors are seeking leadership direction during these times. The article entitled,  10 guidelines for pastoral care during the coronavirus outbreak, may help. 


ABCCONN Covid-19 Update

Greetings All,

 This is an update to keep you apprised of what is happening in ABCCONN. After meeting with the Executive Committee on Sunday, March 15, 2020, it was decided that all office work should be done remotely. Therefore, all meetings and appointments will be done virtually via Zoom, phone, and email.

 It was also decided to postpone the Annual Gathering to be held in April. We are looking at a date to be determined in the Fall of 2020. Please stay tuned for more details. I know that choosing to close or go to a virtual platform is a difficult decision. However, a webcast is the best decision for both you and your congregants. ABCCONN seeks to be a relevant and added value partner in these times. Therefore, please join me this Thursday at 1:00PM via Zoom. We will share, pray, and seek to encourage each other in the Lord. This gathering is for lay and clergy.  Please join me.  

With hope, 

Rev. Harry Riggs

Executive Minister of ABCCONN 

A Statement re COVID-19

Please take a moment to review a statement on COVID-19 prepared by Rev. Riggs.

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