CL Reopening Plan

A note from our pastor 


What a strange time this has been as we have been worshiping from our homes, striving to stay connected while also striving to stay apart. While no one could have been prepared for this, we are proud of our church body and how strong and faithful Christian Life remains. Having said that, we are more than ready to be back together in person!

As we make plans to reopen the Christian Life Campus for in-person gatherings, our leadership team is working diligently to make decisions based on recommendations from Governor Lee balanced with the specifics of what works for us and our unique church body.

We are committed to remaining flexible throughout this process and ask that you stay flexible as well. We are faith-filled and believe that one day soon this will all be behind us and we will be back together meeting normally with no restrictions.

We have come up with a phase-in plan that, as of right now, feels best to us. If anything changes, we will let you know and keep this page updated.

We have listed the phase-in plan here and also all the other information we have been working through as a leadership team so that you can stay well-informed and confident in the plans we are making to resume meeting together.

Don't forget, we are made for this!

- Pastor Ron and the CL Leadership Team

Phase One (Safer at Home) 

Gatherings of 10 or less 

  • Since March 15th our services have been moved to online-only. C-Groups and all other in-person gatherings have been postponed in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

  • We are live-streaming services at 10am on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:30pm

  • We are following all CDC guidelines for safety

  • We are honoring our Governor by listening to his recommendations.

Phase two (Social but distant) 

Outdoor Gatherings 

  • We will begin testing in-person gatherings with outdoor church services on campus at CL where people can safely social distance.

  • CL Kids will not begin yet

  • Next Steps will not begin yet

  • No child-care will be provided.

  • Live streaming will continue on Facebook

Phase three (soft opening) 

Soft Opening of the Building | Beginning June 7 

  • Normal Sunday service times resume: 9am and 11am
  • We are asking everyone to register for services to better prepare and accommodate everyone. You can register here. 
  • Services will be shortened to one hour.

  • Seating will be limited to half-capacity with chairs in groups set to 6ft apart

  • Ushers will seat each family

  • We will have adjusted entrances and exits to accommodate social distancing

  • We will not serve coffee, water, or food.

  • Additional gatherings on campus such as the middle school class and Next Steps will not meet yet.

  • Offering buckets will not be passed, but instead will be held by an impact team member for drop off. Online giving is still highly encouraged.

  • Masks are encouraged, not required.

  • No child-care

  • No CL Kids

  • Live streaming will continue on Facebook during our 9 am service at

  • Youth on Wednesday nights will resume 

Phase Four (The new normal) 

  Gathering Size Back to Normal | Beginning June 21 

  • Normal Sunday Service times: 9 am and 11 am 
  • Living streaming during our 9 am service will continue

  • CL Kids will resume

  • Next Steps will resume 

  • Offering buckets will be available at the exit after service, online giving still encouraged 

  • On campus activities will resume with new guidelines

  • No coffee...yet!

**Disclaimer: All plans are tentative and CL is committed to remaining flexible as new data emerges. Our main concern is the safety of our congregants. 

Day-of-service Prevention guidelines 

Staff, volunteers, and congregants should not attend the service if the any of the following apply:

  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. 
  • You are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat. 

  • You have had new loss of taste or smell. 

  • You have had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours. 

(Temperatures should be taken before arriving. Normal temperature should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Immediately seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing, per CDC guidelines if your temperature exceeds 100.4.)

The following everyday preventative actions should be taken by staff, volunteers, and congregants:

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or inside your elbow. 

  • Clean frequently touched objects and services. 

  • Stay home when sick 

Emergency communication plan 

Should a case of COVID-19 be reported by a person who was present at a CL Gathering, the following procedures will go into effect:

  • CL Leadership team will consult CDC and TN Health Department Guidelines for guidance on any adjustments that need to be made to the gathering schedule. 

  • The building will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.