Given the increasing precautions around COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, many of the folks in our congregations will be self-isolating to reduce their risk, especially those who are elderly or with compromised immune systems.
In response, congregations might consider implementing a buddy system or phone call ministry to provide social support, resources, and spiritual connection to those who are isolating to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19.
We developed a template job description and phone call guideline that could be used by congregations. Since this would be a new program reaching vulnerable people, we set the requirements and qualifications high and would recommend first recruiting volunteers from the groups who already do pastoral care.
We hope you find this resource helpful and please give us any feedback you may have.