As the first wave of COVID-19 outbreaks appears to subside, leaders in all social sectors are beginning to make decisions about how we move into the next phase of this pandemic. Recognizing that it is not possible to go back to a pre-pandemic existence, leaders are seeking advice and weighing their options on how to reopen or retool their institutions, businesses, and organizations, while remaining vigilant toward the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Churches find themselves in the midst of these difficult conversations, and their leaders are trying to navigate all of the variables and possibilities at play in their ministry contexts. When and how do we reopen our churches? How do we exercise the utmost care for all the members of our communities and surrounding areas? What will the future look like after the pandemic ends, and how do we continue to minister while the pandemic is still in progress? In the space below, the IYM will regularly update you with carefully curated resources that seek to address these questions.

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Guidance for Youth Ministry

Questions to Consider Before Opening Up Your Children’s Ministry from Cokesbury Kids

“Reopening” Your Youth Ministry: Questions to Consider from Rooted Ministry

Can Social Distancing Reinvent Youth Ministry? from Christianity Today

Teens Up All Night and Sleeping Half the Day. Endless Netflix Binges. In Lockdown, Kids Carve Out Whole New Schedules. from The Boston Globe

13 Questions to Consider Before Restarting Youth Ministry Post-Quarantine from Youth Worker Collective

Guidance for the Church

6 Ways to Respond When People Disagree with Your Church Reopening Plan from Facts & Trends

Social Skills and Church Reopening Policies from Engaging Disability With the Gospel

Should Churches Reopen? The Answer Lies in Thinking of This as a Time of Exile from Time Magazine

Churches Obsessed With Their Right to Reopen are Missing the Point from The Christian Century

Re-Launch: A Conversation of Embracing the Ministry Possibilities of 2020 from Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church

Returning to Church: Ministry During the COVID-19 Outbreak from Wisconsin Council of Churches

Just Because the Economy is Reopening Doesn’t Mean Churches Should from Religion News Service

Reopening Church: Leading After COVID-19 from Vanderbloemen

24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return from Ken Braddy

Four Things You Need to Being Planning for Re-Opening from Christine V. Hides

Leaders, It’s Time to Ask Critical Questions About Post-COVID-19 Church from United Methodist Insight

Truth, Unity, and Solidarity: Three Prerequisites to Reopening America from Religion News Service

German Churches Stopped Singing to Prevent Virus’s Spread. Should Americans Clam Up, Too? from The Washington Post