Since Indiana graduated to Stage 5 in its “Back on Track” plan, several pastors have asked whether it is now safe for their congregations to meet in-person for gatherings or—for those that have already opened their doors for services—if they should be allowed to sing.

Next Monday, October 5, the Extended Cabinet will be meeting with medical professionals from IU Health to discuss these very topics, as well as best practices moving forward. After that meeting, we will be more informed and will be better able to offer more guidelines for our churches.

In the meantime, we strongly encourage pastors to have a plan in place before offering physical worship gatherings and, as always, to be mindful to “Do no harm.” Work with your local health department and your church leadership to determine what is best for your congregation.

If you have specific questions about COVID, re-opening your churches, etc, please send them to your Conference Superintendent prior to next Monday.

Thank you for your intentional care for your congregations. We recognize the decisions you are making are weighty and appreciate the ministry of care you are living into.