In-Person Gathering Plan

GATHERING PLAN

Important Notes For PBC In-Person Gatherings

  1. FAITH & FACTS:
    While there is no playbook for this season, we are committed to following God’s lead, honoring the latest recommendations from governing officials, and operating in wise counsel within Phoenix Bible Church, as well as our broader church network in Phoenix. As we move forward with the phases, we are working hard to make our church campus as healthy and hospitable as possible (ex: hand sanitizing stations, masks, and more). In addition, please know that these plans will be flexible and updated as we receive new information. (*Proverbs 16:9, Romans 13:1, Titus 3:1-2)

  2. PEACE > POLARIZATION:
    For some, these phases will be too aggressive. For some, these phases will be too slow. While it can be easy to divide over preferences and perspectives, as the body of Christ we are to be marked, not by polarization, but peace. More than ever, we encourage you to consider ways to extend grace to our church leadership, one another, and our world in these unprecedented times. (*Galatians 5:22-23, John 13:35, 1 Peter 3:8)

  3. ONLINE WILL CONTINUE AS PART OF EACH PHASE:
    While at some point we hope everyone can gather in-person, we recognize that some may desire to continue watching online from home for a time. We want you to know that this is completely understandable. In addition, if you are sick or vulnerable in any way (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html), we encourage you to consider watching online from home. Wherever you join us, know that we are fully committed to helping you love Jesus, live like Him, and lead others to Him. (*Romans 12:15)

  4. CONNECTION HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT
    Not only is connection vital to the life of the church, it’s vital to your life personally. And it’s even more vital in difficult times. No matter where you land on these phases, don’t neglect gathering and connecting in some form. (*Hebrews 10:25)

PLAN PHASES

PHASE 1 – MICRO GROUP + ONLINE

  1. Micro Groups (6-8) meet in person on Sundays to experience PBC Online and/or mid-week for connection and discussion.
  2. To gather in a healthy & hospitable way, consider following the guidelines on our Community Group Tools page: https://phoenixbiblechurch.com/cgtools/
  3. For those who don’t feel comfortable gathering, we completely understand and encourage you to consider joining the micro group via Zoom.

PHASE 2 – FULL COMMUNITY GROUP + ONLINE

  1. Full Community Groups meet in person on Sundays to experience PBC Online and/or mid-week for connection and discussion.
  2. To gather in a healthy & hospitable way, consider following the guidelines on our Community Group Tools page: https://phoenixbiblechurch.com/cgtools/
  3. For those who don’t feel comfortable gathering, we completely understand and encourage you to consider joining the community group via Zoom.

PHASE 3 – EQUIP, CONNECT, & SERVE GATHERINGS + ONLINE

  1. “Thursday Night Live” – Live Capture of Sermon with limited, pre-registered attendance, Thursday Nights in the Chapel (Study format, PBC Kids not available)
  2. Mid-Week Chapel Prayer (PBC Kids not available)
  3. Other Gathering Opportunities to Equip, Connect, & Serve (TBD)
  4. Online Sunday Service is streamed Sunday across all digital platforms (includes Service Host, PBC Music, & Thursday Sermon Capture) 
  5. **Cleaning and Distancing Precautions followed as recommended by the CDC and government officials

PHASE 4 – MODIFIED SUNDAY WORSHIP GATHERING + ONLINE

  1. 2 (or more) On-Campus Sunday Worship Experiences with limited, pre-registered attendance (overflow space provided for new visitors)
  2. *No PBC Kids, donuts/coffee etc. Modified Communion & Offering
  3. Service is streamed live (and archived to watch on demand) across all digital platforms
  4. **Cleaning and Distancing Precautions followed as recommended by the CDC and government officials

PHASE 5 – FULL SUNDAY WORSHIP GATHERING + ONLINE

  1. 2 (or more) On-Campus Sunday Worship Experiences
  2. Full PBC Kids (*Depending on volunteer bandwidth, PBC Kids may only be available at 1 service initially, TBD)
  3. Full Hospitality (Donuts, Coffee, Greeters etc)
  4. Service is streamed live (and archived to watch on demand) across all digital platforms
  5. **Cleaning and Distancing Precautions followed as recommended by the CDC and government officials