Updated Recommendations August 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Taskteam Updated Recommendations
The COVID-19 Taskteam posts its latest recommendations on safe church reopening, procedures for building visitors, best practices for group activities and other resources.
Update August 4, 2020
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, is providing this guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, as provided for under section 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), as amended by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (Flexibility Act).
Updated Recommendations June 23, 2020 - Returning to Church: Three Important Steps to Keep Us Safe
Many churches are reopening for in-person services, though health experts still expect COVID-19 to be with us for months to come. Studies show that taking three basic steps to protect yourself and others can eliminate much of the risk in returning to church.
Re-opening Resources - Video from Bishop Jung, Video from Lay Leader Shimko, Wisconsin COVID-19 Task Team Re-opening Resources
Discipleship Ministries - Resources for Responding to COVID-19 Outbreak
The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of daily life for people across the globe. Local churches are attempting to respond in appropriate ways, but many congregations have questions. Discipleship Ministries is regularly adding new resources to assist your church as it seeks answers about this new reality.
ResourceUMC - COVID-19: Ways to Respond
The Rev. Jeremy Smith shares suggestions and insights for how churches can continue to offer worship, fellowship and hope in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
See All the People - Things WE Can Do
Chuck Knows Church is teaming up with #SeeAllThePeople to share a few simple ideas that your church can do to help your community during this time of crisis.
The Upper Room - Resources for Spiritual Wellness in Anxious Times
How do we open our hearts while our borders, schools, and stores close in efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus? How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some free resources from The Upper Room to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.
Wespath - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This page provides links to all of Wespath's COVID-19/Coronavirus materials including a letter from the Chairperson of Wespath's Board of Directors and the General Secretary to participants, updates and a video from Wespath's Chief Investment Officer, retirement FAQs, health resources, congregational health information and links to important websites.
Blog post by Beth Estock
Offering and Finance Resources
For churches that currently don’t have electronic donation capability and would like to offer this as an option to their members during this period of unrest and potential church closings, the Conference will offer the use of our VANCO online giving site and absorb the processing fees for the next 2 months. On our main home page, where there was a DONATE NOW button, there is now a DONATE TO YOUR LOCAL CHURCH. If you would like to have your church listed as an option, please contact TreasurerOffice@wisconsinumc.org or call 608-873-7320. Provide your church name as your members would know it and your GCNO (General Church Number). Your donors/members may pay from their bank account or a credit card. The Finance office will send the donations to your church within 2-3 weeks, with the donor identified.
- Discipleship Ministries: 10 Ideas for Church Financial Leaders Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
- GCFA: Everything You Need to Know About eGiving
- GCFA: Creative Funding Ideas to Recoup Losses
Public Resources and Guidelines
State Guidelines and Latest Updates
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Outbreaks in Wisconsin
- Track current Wisconsin investigation details.
- Updates will be posted by 2 p.m. on weekdays.
- From Governor Evers:
Additional Government Resources
- Center for Disease Control
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- These resources are mainly geared towards schools, but there are several resources that churches may find helpful