Reopening Update 5-21-20

Reopening Update 5-21-20

Dear Morning Star family,

It has been said many times, but we can’t say it often enough: We miss you and love you very much. Our prayers for you continue to be fervent and consistent as we seek to lead you to pursue a Jesus-first life. As you can imagine, we’re getting lots of inquiries about our future plans. Pastor Scott shared about the framework for regathering in a recent service, and if you’d like to hear what he said, just click HERE

I don’t think there has been a harder time to plan for the future in the last hundred years than right now, but we trust the One who is already in the future. We’re eager to be wise in regathering as safely and soon as we can. We’re committed to respect each person’s convictions and conscience and treat those who differ from our views with kindness and grace. We’ll follow Scripture in how we are to honor our governing authorities. We’ll continue to focus on our mission and vision as we relentlessly strive to share the good news of Jesus with 20,000 people over the next four-and-a-half years. We are so thankful for your prayers as we seek wisdom from God. 

Regathering Plans

  • Until June 14, we will stay the course with our current online Sunday services, studies, Community Groups, Roundtables, and meetings.
  • For Sunday gatherings after June 14, we are exploring the option of launching regional-based home gatherings (distinct from Community Groups), where small groups of people can meet in homes to worship and participate with the Morning Star online service.
  • Small midweek gatherings (Community Groups, Bible studies, small discipleship groups) will begin again after June 14, following Marion County/State guidelines.
  • We’re also looking at having some outside worship gatherings this summer when the weather will be nice and social distancing can easily be practiced. 
  • We will make decisions about large group worship services as the summer progresses. We’ll continue to seek the Lord and take strong consideration to health official recommendations as we make these decisions. As hard and as frustrating as it can be, we believe that large worship gatherings are still a long ways away. We sure hope we’re wrong.   
  • Our online services are here to stay. As gathering sizes get larger, our services will be available online for those who should stay home because of underlying health issues. Also, our online community and outreach will be a major piece of our long-term strategy of leading people to pursue a Jesus-first life.

I have never been more grateful for my church family, and I’m so glad we’re walking through this together with God. If you have any questions, please be in touch with me at

Jesus first.