On March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Taylor and her Cabinet made the difficult decision to temporarily cease in-person worship within the Holston Conference. On June 1, the Holston Conference COVID-19 Task Force released a conference-wide plan, "Taking Steps Forward Faithfully and Safely," for local churches to follow in order to return to in-person worship. The plan was updated on June 20, and a second edition was released to offer additional clarification.
Since the release of the second edition of "Taking Steps," there were increases in COVID-19 cases that led our District Superintendents to temporarily cease in-person worship in some areas.
On September 16, Bishop Taylor released a video and statement allowing churches to move back to indoor in-person worship beginning on Sunday, September 20.
Below is a listing of every county in the Holston Conference sorted by District. Our District Superintendents had been using the Harvard Metrics system to determine if church buildings in a particular county should be opened or closed. While all church buildings are open as of September 20, 2020, we will continue to offer these metrics as a tool for pastors and church leaders to determine if they should meet indoors for in-person worship for that particular week. If the county text is GREEN, then we are recommending churches with approved plans within these counties may gather for in-person worship indoors. However, if the county text is RED, then we are recommending churches in this county postpone indoor in-person worship.
Again, this is a conference recommendation. Pastors and church leadership should meet often to discuss their current situation and to stay on top of what is going on around them.
Last Updated 4/1/2021 (This page will be updated every Thursday if not sooner)