Online Worship and Connectional Resources
A Beginner’s Guide to Online Worship from UM Communications Read more here.
Facebook Stream with Brad Aycock on “How to Stay Connected” Watch it here.
Facebook Live tutorials here and here
Guide to Livestreaming here
‘One License’ Offers Free Online Worship Streaming Learn more here
The United Methodist Publishing House Grants Temporary Permission for UM Book of Worship Content read more here
How to Live Stream Legally here
Conference Call Resources
Many church employees and lay leaders may be working from home or outside of the church. During this time, utilize the resources below to continue effective communication and hold meetings as normally as possible:
Links to UM Discipleship Ministry Resources during the Corona Virus Outbreak here
Suggestions for Weddings and Funerals shared by the Maumee Watershed District here.
Guidelines for Pastoral Care for Funerals here
Corona Virus information available in various languages here.
Ministry Relief Loans
We find ourselves in unprecedented times. This may result in many local churches struggling to meet their financial obligations, which may include paying the pastor and staff. Therefore, The United Methodist Financial Credit Union is in the process of offering special “Ministry Relief Loans” to our local churches, active clergy, clergy spouses and employees of United Methodists organizations. These loans will be made at very favorable rates. In addition, for existing church loans we will consider extending an interest only payment option to allow time for churches to regain their financial footing. For more information on individual loan solutions please contact Terry Laws at 1-800-373-1059 ext. 15 or tlaws [at] umethodist.com For more information on church loan solutions please contact Rev. Rachel B. Miller at 614-551-1365 or at rmiller [at] umethodist.com.
Conference Board Allocates $500,000 to Aid Local Churches in Clergy Benefits
The West Ohio Conference Board of Pensions and Health Care Benefits passed an emergency plan to support clergy benefit payments for local churches in need. To support our local churches during this unprecedented time, the West Ohio Conference will provide benefit grants up to the lesser of 3 months of total benefit payments or $3,500, to help offset the cost of clergy benefits. Benefits Grant Application ACH Authorization form. Should you have questions, please contact Mike Kremnitzer at mkremnitzer [at] wocumc.org.
Ideas for Church Financial Leaders read them here
Online Giving Options How to get started with online giving and suggested vendors here.
Missional Church Development Team 2020 Boost Grants
Has the Holy Spirit been whispering in your heart, stirring a fresh dream about how to cultivate new relationships with people outside your church that will open the possibility of connecting them to Jesus Christ? Are you longing to experiment with a new risk-taking faith venture that might require a small financial boost? West Ohio’s Missional Church Development Team (MCD) seeks to make new, one-time immediate “Boost Grants” of up to $5,000 available for churches longing to see new “Spirit-whispers” become realities — by investing remaining dollars reallocated from the 2020 MCD revitalization grant budget to help fuel your dream. Explore and complete/submit the short “Boost Grant” application form online before or by April 27, 2020. The MCD Team will complete Boost Grant award decisions no later than May 11, with release of Boost Grant funds immediately to the recipient churches. Is now your time to step forward? Complete Boost Grants application here.
UMCM 2020 Local Church Grants Available
Due to the recent Coronavirus Pandemic, Community Ministries is offering up to $300 in emergency grant funding, available for Capitol Area District Churches’ mission outreach, to help with added demands on programs focused on meeting the needs of families in the immediate community. An example of a Missional Emergency Grant would be offering additional brown bag lunches each week, doing an emergency health care pantry for senior citizens, purchasing to-go containers for your weekly community meals, offering daytime snack packs for kids at home, buying books to distribute to school age kids, etc. These grants are specifically targeted toward missions directly working to assist families under hardship during this crisis. To apply, complete a grant application (below) for the missional need for which you are requesting funds. Grant applications will be reviewed and voted on by the UMCM Local Outreach Support Committee, based on the merit of the request as it relates to the current Coronavirus Pandemic. Funds will be disbursed on a timely basis. Contact Karen Cook kcook [at] wocumc.org or Ginny Shimrock, gshimrock [at] wocumc.org with any questions.
Resources for your Congregations
Resources for Franklin County Families here
Franklin County Food and Utility Company Resources here
Ohio unemployment information here