As our communities are practicing social distancing and refraining from public gatherings, the effects on the ministries of your church are being felt. Our Churches and leaders are working hard to facilitate "community" activities and communication while staying apart physically.
The CPD team is standing by ready to assist you. Please feel free to reach out to us by contacting our office either by phone at 530-662-2500 or email.
Be encouraged with this reminder from Philippians 4:19 “…my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” COVID-19 has not taken God by surprise. In the midst of what we are facing, God is still on the throne and in control. He invites us to trust Him!
Click here to sign up for Central Pacific District wide "Connecting Conversations" with other church leaders in a various ministries. Let's support each other!
The Central Pacific District will be facilitating small groups of CPD family members, based on the role you play in your church or the district. If you would like to be a part of these Connecting Conversations, to share prayer requests, encourage each other and share great ideas and resources, sign up below and we will connect you!
Knowing community is where the best ideas and resources come from, we created this page as a place for you to post helpful information so the CPD community can all benefit.
Please click here to add your ideas and glean from others!
Alliance President Stumbo's Video
We encourage you to watch Alliance President Stumbo’s video sent out the morning of Friday, March 13th in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have the ability, please forward the video to your congregations (or share this page with them). It's very helpful and deeply moving.
Simpson University's Remaining Semester
The students are being made aware Friday, March 13th that the remainder of the semester will be provided in an on-line format. Students are being assisted in the transition. This includes leaving residences, financial aid, and other responsibilities including field education. Administration will remain on campus and ready to serve the student body. A decision on commencement has not been made at this time.
Resources for Moving Your Church Online
Going Digital: Learning how to Connect with your Congregation Digitally
CMAllianceU launched a new course designed to help those churches who are struggling to stay connected while not being able to meet on Sundays. This course is simple. Right now, the curriculum educates churches on how to record a sermon and upload it onto a digital platform using free resources. Soon, we will be adding additional resources that will help churches navigate connecting digitally for discipleship, giving, and pastoral care.
This course is FREE for anyone. Individuals will need to open an account on CMAllianceU to access the course. We’ve created a simple website that gives registration and access to this course here.
Moving your Church into the Online World
The Bridge Church in Santa Rosa reached out with a resource to assist our fellow CPD churches in moving into the online world more rapidly than might otherwise be possible. Andrew Statezny is their resource person, and with his permission and the recommendation of The Bridge, we are providing Andrew’s bio, resources, and contact information below:
Andrew Statezny has worked with innovative churches the last 29 years. This includes the most innovative church in America, Life Church. As part of the Central Leadership Team he was there at the beginning of the multi-site movement, church online, the Bible App and led the team responsible for mergers and acquisitions of other churches. As part of his work with CDF Leadership he has worked with many large churches but also helped small and medium sized churches as well. In addition to helping churches strategize their online communities he is also gifted at helping launch new campuses and churches.
Leadership Capital Coach
Andrew's Cell Phone: 619.396.9077
Links to Resources and Videos
- Coronavirus and the Church - Be Prepared to do Ministry Online! [Video]
- Drive Engagement! Everything You Need to Pastor Online Monday-Saturday [Video]
- Links for Digital/Online Ministry
We would encourage wisdom in terms of your ministry gatherings. A number of creative ideas are being explored including having larger congregations continue to meet Sunday, but in smaller gatherings. Although the restriction is to gatherings 250 and greater, churches under 250 are encouraged to exercise wisdom in terms of frequency and types of gatherings.
Please see Wayne's letter Pray, Prepare and Plan: Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Thursday, March 12th for more information on this topic.