Many congregations obtain insurance coverage through the Church Mutual Insurance. The company has some reference guides available on its website with information about topics to consider as we navigate the coronavirus crisis.
Here is a summary of some ideas the firm offers about “Cultivating Connection and Community in Times of Crisis” during these difficult and uncertain times. While there may be some learning curves, technology offers countless opportunities to fill the spaces between us – creating unity while apart.
CONTINUE WEEKLY SERVICES ONLINE
Whether it’s a live-stream or pre-recorded video, virtual gatherings help faith communities maintain their priorities and a sense of normalcy that comes with weekly gatherings for song, prayer and fellowship. Be sure to leverage your email and social platforms to let members know about these gatherings, and make the recordings available on your website later.
HOST VIRTUAL PRAYER MEETINGS AND SPECIAL TALKS
Facebook Live, YouTubeTM and other platforms lend well to live worship and communal prayer as well as special talks about top-of-mind topics. Also, don’t forget about the youngest among your congregation. Create simple but special messages just for children – even reading a storybook with a reassuring message.
PHONE A FRIEND
Even a quick call can have a lasting, positive impact, and it’s an easy way for leaders and members to check in with each other, offer encouragement, uncover urgent needs and pray together. Voicemails also are effective – plus, they can be saved and replayed later for a boost amid discouraging moments.
CREATE A RESOURCES REPOSITORY
Your website is the ideal place for resources specific to your faith community, your city, and the world. Some items that you might include:
- Sermons, teachings and devotions.
- A contact form that allows your members – and others – to community-specific needs.
- Links to important local, state and federal government agencies; health and human services agencies; denominational resources, and other resources like counseling and financial services.
- Service opportunities, like local businesses and restaurants to support; non-profit groups that need help with supplies and operations, and ways to support health care and essential workers serving on the front lines.
MAKE TIME TO BE SOCIAL
Even in these serious times, laughter and levity have their place. Seek out – and share – websites and memes that bring a smile to someone’s face. Use electronic meeting platforms to host a faith-based study, book or movie club; play online games, or just share conversations with family and friends as you eat in your own homes.
You can download COVID-19 Response Toolkit from Church Mutual Insurance at the button below: