The state staff is currently meeting and have been discussing the current pandemic. We have had a number of churches call and ask if we have any suggestions for handling the coronavirus 19 outbreak.

While this is not comprehensive, here are some thoughts:

  • There seems to be two extremes on the thought process - sheer panic and complete stubbornness
  • We need to act wisely and not fall into either side
  • Remember, God is in control - this did not surprise Him
  • Keep up with the latest information through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and your state health department - don't depend on general media or social media
  • Pray for your congregation, state, US, and world
  • Pray for God's guidance for your specific church and situation and how you should handle it

Here are some practical tips:

  • Encourage hand washing
  • Provide hand sanitizer (if you can find it!)
  • Ensure your church is clean and sanitized
  • Avoid personal contact - CDC recommends 6' distance
  • Cancel greeting time
  • Reconsider how you handle offering (passing plate involves hand to hand contact)
  • Reconsider communion (can get self-contained wafer and cup)
  • Reconsider large gatherings and use your judgment regarding smaller gatherings
  • Encourage those who are sick or susceptible to the virus to stay home (especially elderly and health compromised)
  • Don't push people to come to church if they are concerned
  • Consider video streaming such as FaceBook Live (the convention can help you set it up - just give us a call)
  • Take the free training from Ministry Grid regarding the coronavirus and pandemics in general.

The Executive Board will be meeting tonight and tomorrow. If they have any other suggestions, I will be sure to pass it on.