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COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Resources for the Local Church
posted on July 12
FAQs About COVID-19 Vaccines and the Local Church
With outbreaks persisting and vaccines on the rise, several questions are coming up with respect to our churches and vaccines. The Missouri Conference Office of Financial and Administrative Ministries developed a document to answer frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and local church policies, including guidance for churches with preschools. This document is meant to address the most common and pressing of questions.
This document is NOT intended as specific legal advice for you or your congregation. Rather, we offer it for educational purposes only. If you or your church needs legal advice, you may always contact Nate Berneking (firstname.lastname@example.org). If your church would like to explore a formal and written vaccine policy for the church staff or a preschool, you may certainly do that through Jordan Ault’s firm, Husch Blackwell, though the Conference would ask that the fees related to such an endeavor be covered by the local church. You may explore that option by contacting Nate Berneking and visiting the following website: https://www.huschblackwell.com/covid-19- vaccine-policy-generator-for-employers.
A Guide for Talking to Your Congregation: Supporting Empathetic Congregational Conversations on COVID-19 Vaccination
The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund has provided a guide for supporting empathetic congregational conversations on COVID-19 vaccination. The guide and toolkit includes sermon materials, resources on how to share messages about vaccine effectiveness, resources on how to connect with medical providers to share scientific data, and actions faith leaders and congregations can take to discuss the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines and promote vaccination.