Navigating the CARES Act


By Rev. Keith Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

Many churches and church leaders are struggling to cope with the declining giving, squeezed budgets, and great uncertainty. There is a lot of information coming out on the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and how to access the different benefits.

Pastors and church financial officers can visit the following links to access information provided by our Conference Treasurers and Directors of Administration:

The North Georgia Conference: The CARES Act Includes Provisions for Non-Profits and Churches

The North Georgia Conference COVID-19 Resource Hub

The South Georgia Conference: Will the CARES Act help our Church?

The South Georgia Conference Coronavirus News & Resources

Here are some things to keep in mind. First, the best way to find out about small business loans is to check with the Small Business Administration department at your bank. Secondly, the best way to find out about unemployment insurance questions is to go to the Georgia Department of Labor. Please keep in mind that provisions extending help to churches and church employees are new to the providers also. Thirdly, you may have resources available through the professionals you regularly deal with. Lastly, I believe the greatest help for all of us is to pray. Here is a prayer you may use if you just can’t think of words right now.

A Prayer for All Our People

O God, hear our cry!
We pray for those who are sick, Lord. Heal them from this disease!
We pray for those at risk, Lord. Protect them from this disease.
We pray for caregivers of all kinds, Lord: for doctors and nurses,
for first responders, for truck drivers, for all who are reaching out.
We pray for all who are anxious Lord; for those who wonder if they will
have access to food or health care.
We pray for our leaders, Lord: that you will give them wisdom, discernment,
and courage to lead us in positive directions.
We pray for hope, Lord: that you will remind us that it is you who is in charge;
that your plan for your people is to prosper us, not to harm us.
We pray for grace, Lord: that we might show grace to others.
Let this be a time of revival, Lord, that we might draw ever closer to you.
O God, hear our cry. Amen.