While we do not know yet the severity, we already understand that COVID-19 is impacting the financial wellbeing, and practical operations of local churches and other ministries across the Greater Northwest Area.
Your staff in finance and administration across the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho, and Pacific Northwest Conferences are working together to track the impact and to answer questions local churches have. We are also gathering resources, like those on this page, to help churches to understand how recently passed legislation — the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act — impacts them and their employees.
We were joined by Cesie Delve Scheuermann (Inspiring Generosity blogger) and Rev. Ken Sloane, Director, Stewardship & Generosity, UMC Discipleship Ministries for this Wednesday Webinar focused on stewardship during this COVID-19 pandemic.Our panelists spent time helping us to navigate these wild pandemic times, offering tips and answering questions about raising money for our ministries, communicating more with our congregations, and sharing how and what kind of communicating we should be doing.
The US Dept of Labor requires that all employers (all churches, camps, etc.) notify their employees of their rights under the newly passed Family First Coronovirus Response Act.
You can download the poster for free from the DOL website and post it in your workplace as well as send it to employees who are working remotely.
Greater Northwest Area leaders hosted a 90-minute webinar on Friday, April 3 where the financial and operational impacts of COVID-19 on local churches were discussed.Panelists focused mostly on questions about recently passed legislation — the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act — discussing the potential impact on local churches and their employees.