calendar April 6, 2020 in Communications, Congregations, ELCA, Public Health

Considerations for Remote Council and Congregation Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic


During this time of social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many congregation leaders are asking how they can take advantage of technology to continue to hold necessary meetings to conduct the business of the congregation. Please bear in mind that some matters may best be postponed until the restrictions on gatherings have been lifted. Others, though, are pressing, or are mandatory by your constitution and bylaws, and need to be dealt with. Your bishop or synod staff can help you determine what matters might better be left for another time.

If after consultation it is determined that you need to hold a meeting to make necessary decisions, there are some important factors to take into consideration before proceeding to call a meeting. Below is an FAQ of the questions being asked most often. In every case, however, it is vital that you consult with your bishop or synod staff before proceeding to schedule a meeting. Even in the current crisis, the rules have not all gone out the window, and state law, as well as your constitution, bylaws and continuing resolutions, must still be respected.