COVID-19 Support and Resources from the Conferences

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus that can be transmitted from person to person. It can also live on surfaces near where an infected person has coughed, sneezed or exhaled. It has spread throughout the world in the first quarter of 2020, causing illness, and, in some cases, death.

We are living in uncertain times, with the spread of COVID-19. It is understandable to feel a bit afraid right now. Let’s use that fear as energy, not panic, motivation to care deeply and carefully for one another and ourselves. This time is offering us opportunities for direct action that reflect our values of love, safety, belonging, and dignity for all in a wide variety of ways. Your Conference staff, pastors, congregations, and other organizations are working hard to provide you with the resources you need to stay safe, financially sound, healthy, and connected. On this page you can find financial guidance specifically for pastors and churches, distance-ministry strategies and support, and COVID-19 health information.

Finances

Discover and decode what financial relief resources are available to pastors, congregations, and communities.

Ministry

Find the right tools for your congregation and community to stay connected and healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

Health

Keep up to date with best practices, local health sources, insurance info, food supply support, and UCC guidelines.

Ministers’ Moments: A Space for Authentic Conversation About Ministry

Are you an actively serving authorized minister or lay pastor? On Tuesdays at noon CT you can join a Zoom call to connect with your Ministerial Staff and fellow clergy. These are public, non-confidential conversations for our active church leaders to check in and hold each other in a peaceful space, ask questions, and pray together in the midst of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The conversation may focus on a certain topic as determined by the people present.

Clergy Coffee Hour

A program partnered with Ministers’ Moments, Clergy Coffee Hour is a time for clergy in our Conferences to connect and visit via Zoom on Thursdays at noon CT. Sessions will be hosted by Rev. Kate West, Rev. Les Parmenter, and Rev. Mark Lee. All Clergy in our Conferences are welcome to join the Zoom call.

Clergy leaders in our Conferences can meet for online discussion with our ministerial staff at 12:00pm CT on Tuesdays and for fellowship/coffee hour on Thursdays/ Visit www.ucctcm.org/calendar for the Zoom link.

COVID-19 Resources from the National Setting of the UCC

Like other organizations, churches must take appropriate health precautions and have a speical responsibility to keep our members, neighbors, and communities safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The national setting of the UCC’s web page contains information that all settings of the UCC – local churches, associations, conferences and national ministries – have contributed to and may find useful. Resources also come from our ecumenical partners and respected health organizations. Some resources on this webpage include help for churches in their immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, stewardship and fundraising help, legislative updates, statements by church leaders, and clergy self care advice.

“We ask for your prayers, as we daily hold you in our prayers. We will continue every day to give our best effort on your behalf. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and ongoing support for the work of the National Setting.” -Rev. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC