Many ministries can continue because of the financial contributions of its members. If contributions were to cease, or if congregations could not gather as normal to collect donations, how would you make sure there was enough money to pay the staff and continue contributing to vital ministries, on top of the normal paypaying of bills?

Collection practices - how will donations be received? If you are able to congregate in a space, you should consider replacing the practice of passing the basket with a central basket that people can access. If people cannot gather or cannot make it to church, how can they continue to make donations? By cheque? Can the church start an EFT (electronic funds transfer) service so that members can automatically donate to their church?

Payroll, bills and other Ministry support - In addition to all of the other stresses pandemic ushers in, it can be quite stressful to wonder if you will be paid. Congregations need to consider how their pastors and other staff will be paid. Make back up plans and procedures for people who receive and pay out accounts.  For example, if the treasurer is sick, determine who will be able to back up this service and sign cheques, ensure that bills are paid, and that area, national and international ministries can continue to function through church donations. Perhaps your congregation will want to consider setting up a mutual aid fund for emergencies within the congregation.

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