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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 coronavirus update
Written by Paul Steinbrueck

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The COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic is impacting all of us.  It’s also impacting your church, school, ministry or businesses and the people you serve.

Communicating Encouragement, Help, and Changes

As a Christian leader, it’s important for you to encourage people by pointing them to Jesus and the faith, hope and love we have because of Him.

Many people are struggling to find the supplies they need, others may be hesitant or unable to go to the store or get to a doctor, others are lonely or anxious.  In these trying times, we have the opportunity to love and serve others.  But only if we are able to communicate with them that we are available to help.

If your organization has cancelled events, reduced hours, or moved services online, these are all things that are important to communicate to the people you serve on your website, on social email, and via email.

We’re Here to Help You Respond

We have been praying, planning and taking action to help you and your organization respond during the COVID-19 pandemic.  See: What should churches do about the coronavirus?

You can also help us understand how to best serve you by providing your feedback in the Coronavirus Response Survey.

Live Streaming

You can use any 3rd party live streaming platform and place the embed code on your site using the instructions found here: WP-EZ 2.0 How to Embed HTML Code or  WP-EZ 1.0 How to Embed HTML Code.

However, if you do not have a Live Streaming platform, we recommend Streaming Church. They have a couple different packages to choose and they can assist you with the set-up and use of their Live Streaming program.  They will give you a code to insert on your site.  You can insert the code using the links above. Check out the Live Streaming FAQs here, and let us know if you need any help.

Update March 24: Due to high demand and because they want to make sure they have the capacity to serve their existing users well, Streaming Church is temporarily not accepting new clients. They expect to open back up on Monday, March 30th. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you want to live stream services before then, your best options are Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

Adding Sermon Audio & Video to Your Website

If you choose not to live stream services, you may want to upload sermon audio or video to your website. You can find help with that here: WP-EZ 2.0 How to Add Video or WP-EZ Website Builder: How to Add Audio or Video.  To add a video from YouTube see this help page.

Online Giving

Another challenge with churches and ministries closed is this can impact giving.  This is where the online giving service that we provide called YODA is very helpful.  People can make a tithe or donation safely from their home using either their credit card or checking account.  See our Online Giving Frequently Asked Questions here.

However, if you prefer, you can use any online giving platform (PayPal, E-giving, etc.) with your OurChurch.Com website. Your service provider will give you HTML code to embed into your website.  For help with embedding HTML code into your website, see the links provided above.

We’re Here for You

Finally, OurChurch.Com staff are equipped to work from home, so there will be no interruption in support or service. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have or help you add and setup any new services. We are putting in extra hours and adding support during the weekend to make sure your questions get answered and your services get setup as quickly as possible.

If you have questions or need help with anything, reply to this email, call us at 727-723-2454, or go to OurChurch.Com and start a live chat.

Remember, we are in this together, and the Lord is in it with us!

Additional resources [Added 5/8/20]

Comment and Discuss… What questions do you have about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What else can we do to help you and your organization respond well?

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About the author

Paul Steinbrueck

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck.

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