In the face of COVID-19 and the numerous ways this pandemic will effect our individuals, families, congregations and communities, The Ministry Lab hopes to provide timely resources for connecting people across the ‘social distancing’ divide, offering meaningful faith formation for family settings, and inspire online worship expressions that will ground, unite, sustain and inspire congregations. We also hope to share good news about how faith communities are reaching neighbors in this time of need and isolation.

From the Minnesota Conference UMC’s COVID-19 Update:

  • Free streaming license:, which covers lots of popular church music, is giving free streaming licenses to churches, good through April 15. Using this license will ensure you are following the law as you broadcast copyrighted material.
  • Singing in a live stream situation: The Center for Congregational Song offers a few guidelines and ideas to help people make the most of singing at home during online worship. 

Scroll down here for additional information, ideas and resources.

See the Minnesota Conference UCC’s website for lots of on-line-ing resources.

Helps from the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and Synod of Lakes and Prairies, PC (USA).

Luther Seminary’s Faith+Lead network has an on-going discussion regarding online resources and worship planning and created a Faithful Adaptation Webinar Series, the first webinar begins Thursday, March 19, at 1:00 PM. It’s limited to 300 people, but they’ll post it at its conclusion for others to view.

Saddleback’s online resources at The PEACE Plan include tips on transitioning to online worship, stress-mitigation advice, and downloadable sermons of encouragement.

Rev. Jim Keat, the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church talks with the leading experts in digital ministry and online church to share tips, tricks, and best practices that you can use with your congregation.

The MN Conference UCC FourThursday faith formation leader’s zoom-in gathering will provide resources and networking opportunities around the topic of online church: faith formation, worship, service, etc. I’ll post that link tomorrow/as it becomes available.