How can we be in ministry when we cannot be together?

Bible scholar Paul Franklyn helps lead the Friendship Sunday school class of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., by video conference Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home in response to the coronavirus. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.
Bible scholar Paul Franklyn helps lead the Friendship Sunday school class of Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., by video conference Sunday, March 15, 2020, after church leadership encouraged people to worship from home in response to the coronavirus. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

The coronavirus pandemic has quickly changed the social landscape for millions around the world. When our usual routines are interrupted and people cannot meet face-to-face, congregations can find creative ways to connect members and communities in prayer, worship, and ministry.

Transitioning church life and ministry to online and virtual gatherings will take time. There will be a learning curve and bumps along the road as people engage and connect in unfamiliar ways. Be patient, non-anxious, and offer plenty of grace to yourselves as leaders and to one another.

Implementing digital technologies will help your church be in ministry during any emergency situations that impact in-person contact. Here are a few tips and resources to help you plan for each area of ministry. 

WORSHIP


SMALL GROUPS              


COMMITTEES


CARE MINISTRIES

TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING


CONNECTIONAL AND CLERGY QUESTIONS

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