Update as of May 7, 2020
So... the current question floating around is, "When's the church going to reopen?" The problem with this question is it fails to appreciate the fact that during this pandemic the church never closed! You cannot close God's church! During the last two months, we have watched as people have come to faith, been baptized, served their neighbors, and invested their lives in the Kingdom! This is the church at its best under any situation!
The real question is, when will we move back to corporate worship in our buildings? While it is an appropriate question, it is a far more complicated question than it might appear. We have paid great attention to the wisdom and guidance of the White House, the Governor's office, and the CDC. All these have laid down guidelines based on data they have garnered. As we have processed this information, our Executive Board and Executive Staff have determined the path we will follow. We believe two crucial things must happen before we get back to corporate worship at Central.
• We must be absolutely certain we can keep everyone safe (think children, the elderly, and the vulnerable).
• We should open only when we know we can offer an experience up to Central's quality.
The graphic below shows our phased approach to gathering in person on our campuses, and we will follow this guide in the steps we take. Be advised we may not move at exactly the same pace as the government recommends. We may be a little behind their curve as we take the necessary steps to implement each phase.