Churches: resources to respond to COVID-19 crisis

 
 
 

Ideas for worship while in-person gatherings are suspended

Below are creative ideas for worship to edify and encourage congregants while in-person gatherings may be restricted or suspended:

  • Record and post message on YouTube. If a lockdown occurs, it may not be possible to gather music leaders and others to conduct a live-stream. See Worship At Home worship folder for example.

  • You can “do” Easter anytime you want. Declare your first Sunday back in person to be the grandest Easter ever - coming out of our tombs, Jesus has risen!! 

  • Identify all active members over 70 and be in touch with them via phone and email. Some do not have the basic resources or supplies,  others were able to rush out to the store and horde for themselves. Connecting with these folks is important as many are sheltering in place.

  • Provide sermons on your webpage as an audio podcast just prior to your normal worship event – also provide a bulletin in pdf format along with sermon notes so that families can print them off and use them for worship and then click on the message and hear the sermon where it would fall in the worship service.  

  • For easier mass communication with your congregation, especially if you have older folks who may be more amenable to phone communication and unfamiliar with computer technology, consider a communication tool like CallMultiplier. CallMultiplier makes it easy for congregations to quickly share information via an automated church phone tree to maximize member involvement, operate prayer chains, and more. 

 

handling renters of your facilities/property during the covid-19 crisis

Many churches rent a portion or their entire property to different types of tenants. You may have questions regarding how to deal with these situations as your tenants may be experiencing lessened ability to pay rents, have had to close, reduce operations. etc. The following guidance was provided by Foundry Commercial, the PSDs real estate management partner.

  1. Due to this fluidity, Landlords cannot commit to any long term changes in lease agreements that permanently change the rent structure. 

  2. If you Tenants feel their situation warrants a temporary change in rent, Tenants should provide the following to you as the Landlord.

  • Description of how the Covid-19 virus is impacting their organization.  Please include all efforts to date to minimize impact such as staffing changes, reduced hours, etc.

  • Description of  how the Tenant is adapting their organization to the changing environment to find alternate revenue sources or ways to reach customers

  • What is their path and recovery timeline based on information to date

  • The specific rent relief being requested

  • Detailed Income statement for the YE 2019 and YTD 2020

  • Prior 2 years Tax returns for both the Tenant entity and any guarantors

  • Current Financial Statement of the Tenant entity and any Guarantors

  • # of current operating locations

 

You will need to pick and choose from this list to reflect your Tenants, as applicable.

Also see this document providing additional guidance for landlords from Foundry Commercial.

 

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