Pass the plate? Not yet, as churches rethink routines

Eight hundred church leaders from across the country recently took part in a virtual discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on churches.

Hosted by the Florida Family Policy Council, topics touched on during the event included how churches will transition back to in-person meetings, the church as a community rather than a building and giving.

When churchgoers return to First Baptist Church, Orlando, they will be required to wear facial coverings and the church will not be passing around an offering plate.

David Uth, pastor of First, Orlando, said buildings are not essential for the church to “be a church.”

John Stemberger, president of the FFPC, added, “This could be the churches’ finest hour. It really could be, if we respond with grace and respond with wisdom.” (Associated Press)