Ohio Conference Update on the Coronovirus and Precautions
OHIO CONFERENCE RECOMMENDATIONS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
[Dayton, OH, March 16, 2020 – For Immediate Release]
Mindful of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how it is impacting and changing our world each day, Ohio Conference administration has decided to transition the operations of our conference office building in Dayton to virtual operations.
After the close of business today, March 17, 2020, all employees will work from home through Thursday, March 26, 2020. Conference administrators will reevaluate the situation that on that date to decide if virtual operations will need to be extended. Conference staff will make every effort to ensure day-to-day operations continue without interruption.
Rather than disrupting ministry, conference leaders are using recent events as an opportunity for continued ministry both within and around the conference. • Conference office employees will continue to worship each Monday via Zoom. • More than 50 pastors met together during a two-hour teleconference and shared how they were ministering innovatively in their areas and will have regular meetings throughout this pandemic. • New ministry resources are being compiled and shared on the conference website for churches and ministry programs transitioning to digital platforms. • Resources and options for innovative ministry outside digital platforms are also being collected and shared. • New ways for members to continue to financially support their church (local and worldwide) are being utilized. Church buildings may be closed, but financial responsibilities remain. AdventistGiving is the easiest option for churches, but tithe may also be mailed to local church treasurers or the Ohio Conference office. The Ohio Conference thanks each one of you for helping ministry to continue. Ministry takes on many forms, from your local church family to your neighborhood community. This is your opportunity to “be the church” in new and mighty ways.
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, MEV)