Association urges churches in Wisconsin to move services online

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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (NBC 26) – A few months after the pandemic began in 2020, some churches across the country have resumed in-person service.

And it has remained that way ever since. But Reverend Dan Schultz says it’s time to stay home.

“Until things calm down a bit,” he said.

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The Wisconsin Council of Churches on Wednesday called on congregations to return to worship entirely online or remotely.

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“The recommendation is to do this completely for about four to six weeks,” said Schultz, director of the council’s community health program.

The recommendation comes as Wisconsin recorded nearly 10,300 new cases of Covid on Tuesday, the most never in a single day.

“Emergency services, emergency care, our drive-thru test site have all been very, very, very busy,” said Dr. Brad Burmeister of Bellin Health Emergency Medicine.

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The council provides advice to more than 2,000 Christian churches across the state. Schultz says most of them already have video streaming capabilities.

“About 80 percent of the churches we serve offer a blend or hybrid,” he said.

Despite a virtual preference, Schultz says there are other things churches can do.

“One thing we’re hearing now is stepping up the mask game is very effective,” he said.

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The Wisconsin Council of Churches reports that some congregations plan to follow the new recommendation. But Schultz isn’t sure how others will react.

We don’t expect everyone to drop everything and be online by Sunday, “he said.” It takes a while. “

Schultz tells NBC 26 churches are working slowly and this request can be frustrating for some. But the council reports that 94% of the Christian churches it surveyed use some form of Covid mitigation.

The council is an association of churches and Christian organizations. He says it works together beyond the differences. He provided information and advice to churches during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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