Clergy & Parish Staff Activities & Work
What about clergy activities?
Clergy are asked to discontinue all in-person group activities until further notice and instead switch to using technology such as Google Duo, Facetime, phone calls, and Zoom meetings to keep in touch with parishioners, clergy colleagues, and others.
We ask that clergy focus their attention toward pastoral care for the people in their community and also be mindful of their own health and well-being.
Can parish staff go to work?
Employees are directed to work from home. If an employee must go into the office, the visit should be brief, the employee use hygiene best-practices and the employee avoid close contact with others. The recommended distance to keep between individuals is at least six feet.
Remote Work & computer access
Many cloud based platforms for email, scheduling, document storage and sharing, worship planning, accounting, and church membership systems are now available and affordable for many parishes.
Email and Collaboration Platforms
GSuite: If your organization is in GSuite, you can get access to advanced tools in that platform until July 1st. Google has provided access to upgraded video conferencing tools that allow up to 250 participants per call. Additionally you can also collaborate on files through Google Drive through the cloud.
Office 365 - Microsoft Teams: If your organization is on Office 365 but hasn’t done a full migration into SharePoint and OneDrive, then using Teams is a good interim step. Teams is how Microsoft imagines the future collaborative workspace. In the app are tools that support chat with colleagues, video and audio conferencing and a space to save and collaborate on files. There are a lot of good resources to help get you started;
Not all functions may be able to be performed remotely, and some software applications may perhaps only be available on computers in the office. Remote access to those computers can be set up easily and at no cost. Two commonly used free options available for remote access are: