A Statement from
Administrative Bishop
Joseph Mirkovich
on the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Response

The following are ideas that you can consider for implementation. This page will be updated as new ideas are received. Send suggestions to [email protected] 

Ideas to Care for the Congregation

  • Assign segments of  the congregation to staff or key leaders who will contact these congregants on a regular basis. Frequency of contact should depend upon the circumstances of the congregant.
  • Use group text to stay in contact with congregants (many free apps will allow you to set up and maintain lists and groups).
  • Create prayer stations around the exterior of the church where people can stop by and spend time in prayer.
  • Record a brief update each day to share on the church’s social media outlets (stick to words of encouragement – let the government officials deal with the processes and procedures).
  • Collect essential items that members of the congregation might need and distribute those items in a safe manner.

Alternate Possibilities for Worship

  • Streaming (Facebook Live, Zoom, YouTube, Vimeo, Etc.)
    • Do service live
    • Record a service and distribute via your website and social media outlets.
  • Home gatherings led by staff and key leaders (follow CDC guidelines for group size)
  • Parking lot service where attendees remain in their car and listen to the service on their radio (third party assistance needed)

Steps to Encourage/Maintain Giving

  • Establish online giving if not currently available. (Check out www.securegive.com, www.easytithe.com, www.givelify.com, etc.)
  • Send a letter and stewardship envelopes to all current givers who do not utilize your online giving platform informing them that they can mail their tithe and offering to the church.
  • Encourage your givers to utilize their bank’s bill pay functionality to set up the church as a “payee.”

Ministering to Your Community

  • Set up a drive through prayer station in your church’s parking lot.
  • Distribute bag lunches and meals from a station set up in your church’s parking lot.
  • Pay a fee to target social media posts to segments of your community (provide encouragement through the message).

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