Ten months into the pandemic, many churches and schools are still meeting virtually. The Visitor staff asked leaders around the union what they’ve learned about online ministry during this time, and gleaned tips on how local leaders can make the most of these important communication tools
Many churches across the Columbia Union Conference are still closed for in-person worship due to the coronavirus pandemic, including all churches in the Allegheny East and West conferences. Churches in the New Jersey Conference have experienced 38 deaths as a result of COVID-19. Eighty percent of these churches are now open at 25 percent capacity, reported President Dave Weigley at the September 17 Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee meeting.
« C’est une nécessité pour nous tous d’être inclusifs, d’évaluer la façon dont nous exerçons le ministère et essayer de se respecter et de s’honorer les uns les autres en tant qu'enfants de Dieu, travaillant ensemble pour faire avancer la mission et essayer de comprendre le point de vue de chacun », ajoute Dave Weigley, Président de l’Union de Columbia.
Teachers have been studying best practices for online education, redefining schedules, learning new software programs and thinking outside the box for ways to establish relationships and growing a community.
“We support the development of new churches so as to establish a presence in communities that are not being served by our existing congregations, including in major urban centers like Baltimore, Reading, Pa., and Washington, D.C.,” says Frank Bondurant.