Bishop David A. Bard
March 30, 2020
The Church, including The United Methodist Church in Michigan, today confronts a crisis unprecedented in our lifetimes. The spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 have created a situa
tion where we have needed to ask congregations to refrain from in-person gatherings, including worship, for an extended period of time. While we do what we can to encourage continued financial support of our churches and their ministries from their members and constituents, in many or most cases, giving will decrease when congregations don’t meet. Furthermore, the crisis affects the ability of some of our members to give.
As congregations consider financial decisions related to their staffing, I propose the following decision-making protocol as a helpful tool. It is intended that the questions be considered sequentially.