This post was last updated on May 8th, 2020 at 08:26 am.
These are unprecedented times that the world is living in. While there has been past pandemics and we have learned from each one, there have been none quite like this. In the coming weeks, maybe months, churches are going to have to drastically change the way they do things. In fact everyone will have to change in some way going about certain daily tasks.
The church might consider taking online donations during an online live streaming Sunday sermon, instead of passing the plate. Other times it could be putting your church directory online for your church members to contact others via phone or email. It is important that everyone stays connected. Although many may be under a ‘shelter in place’ or similar statewide order, this does not mean you shouldn’t chat via phone, video, emailing, texting, and so on.
Below are some excellent resources we have found that may help your church, your church, congregation, groups, and community. Please make use of them. We will continue to add more as we come across them.
Coronavirus and the Church – This page has many links under the resources area. Things like leading through fear, soul searching, church planter help, how to use Facebook, YouTube and others, advice from the surgeon general, mental health, and so on.
PCUSA.org – A huge list of resources divided into categories such as live streaming, digital workshops, stewardship resources, responding to community needs, and many more.
Live Stream Your Sermons – This blog post shows you how to live stream your sermons via Facebook or YouTube, for FREE! To dive a little deeper into improving your video, lighting and sound quality, read Jeff Geerling’s article. Also, read Ed Stetzer’s article about the legal aspects of live streaming during the shutdown and the importance of continuing to connect with your congregation and visitors in this way.
UCC Coronavirus – CDC guidelines on cleaning, pastoral care for grieving families, guidance to churches and congregations, checklists, and so on.
Christianity Today – Many articles on how churches should proceed. Should we cancel services? What are other churches doing? What does Martin Luther say about the Coronavirus?
Google Non Profit G-Suite Apps – These Google tools may help your church and are completely free for nonprofits. These are called the G-Suite apps. They include Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Calendar, and Drive.
Slack – At Icon Systems, Slack is indispensable. Have you ever heard a support tech say they are waiting to hear back from someone? We are using Slack to communicate with another team member about your issue. Pretty sweet, huh? Slack can be accessed across all your devices to keep the communication flowing.
Prayer Engine for WordPress – Want a sleek prayer wall for your WordPress church website? You can edit prayers through moderation before making them live, print reports of prayers to take with you, and allow people to submit prayer request via your website.
IconCMO – And of course, IconCMO helps churches with group texts and emails, online donations, and has an included member portal for communication. If you’d like help utilizing any of these features please don’t hesitate to call us at 218-236-1899 or email our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org ! We are happy to help and would love to show you how easy it is.
Payroll Protection Program (PPP) – Learn how churches can correctly handle and account for these loans with IconCMO’s full fund accounting system.