FAQ’s During COVID-19

What is the latest information about Coronavirus?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Basics 
How COVID-19 Spreads 
How to Protect Yourself 
COVID-19 and Children 
School Dismissals and Children 
Preparing Your Home and Family for COVID-19 
In Case of an Outbreak in Your Community 
Symptoms & Testing 
Higher Risk 
Healthcare Professionals and Health Departments 
COVID-19 and Funerals 
What CDC is Doing 
COVID-19 and Animals

What about Community Events and Mass Gatherings?

NCDHHS also recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events throughout North Carolina. These events may include but are not limited to conferences, sporting events, faith-based organizations, and concerts.

In Virginia, Beginning 11:59 PM on March 24, gatherings of more than ten people are banned statewide. See the full text of Executive Order 53, here. For answers to commonly asked questions, please see here.

Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about planning mass gatherings or large community events.

How are Community and Faith-Based Organizations Effected?

Community and faith-based organizations, whose members may include high-risk populations, should plan for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their local communities.

While regular faith-based gatherings are an important part of many North Carolinians’ lives, it is important to protect high-risk individuals from potential exposure to COVID-19.

Religious organizations can consider alternatives to mass gatherings to support their congregations’ social and spiritual well-being. Consider options like connecting by phone, using other technologies that support social distancing and/or facilitating small group meetings to ensure that people at high risk of complications from COVID-19 are less likely to be exposed to the virus.

What is the Response of Cornerstone Conference?

We recognize that the situation with the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus global pandemic is constantly changing. As a result, our local, county and state municipalities continue to revise orders in an effort to protect residents and mitigate the spread of the disease. We have worked to stay knowledgeable and to keep current with Federal, State and County requirements. Stay informed of local (City and County) requirements and follow them closely! The safety of our ministers and members is of utmost importance.

Churches and pastors are uniquely positioned to help reduce the spread of the disease. We remain confident that each minister and congregant will fully adhere to all local, county and state COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders in each ministry endeavor and opportunity.

How will this affect the office, facilities and events of Cornerstone Conference?

All previously scheduled events and meetings at the Conference Ministry Center have been cancelled, postponed, or moved to an online format in accordance with the statewide stay at home orders and bans on large gatherings. We will continue monitoring the situation and will communicate any updates here and on our social media channels. If you have a question about a specific gathering, please contact the Conference Ministry Center at (336) 656-7936.

The Conference Ministry Center is closed to the public until further notice. Our staff our working from home and continue to serve ministers and congregations.

When calling, dial (336) 656-7936 and wait for the prompt, then dial the desired extension below. Calls will be routed by extension number to each staff cell phone. You can contact us through email as well.

128 – Superintendent Mike Ainsworth ([email protected]
135 – Evangelism Ministries Director Jonathan Hill ([email protected]
116 – Discipleship Ministries Director Joel Boyles ([email protected]
129 – Hispanic Ministries Director Joel Pava ([email protected]
121 – Director of Operations Darrell Gaines ([email protected]
110 – Executive Assistant to Superintendent Tennille Nichols ([email protected]
112 – Bookkeeper Betsy Abbott ([email protected]
111 – Administrative/Graphic Design Leah McCullar ([email protected]
114 – Administrative/Facility Rentals Trisha Ainsworth ([email protected])

Where do I find details regarding Conference event cancellations and changes?

Please visit our website to view the Updated Cornerstone Schedule for the most current event and meeting information.

Can churches have worship services?

Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 121, effective 5 p.m. March 30, that allows individuals to attend their places of worship if they follow the mass gathering ban and do not have more than 10 people assembled. (View frequently asked questions.) Social distancing should be practiced.

Places of worship are encouraged to stream their services online to accommodate people complying with the Order.

Can churches have drive-in services?

Although it is now permissible in some counties to conduct drive-in services at this time, this is not the case in all counties and it is not known for certain how long this provision will be available. Churches must fully adhere to all local, county and state COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders in each ministry endeavor and opportunities.

We recommend that churches continue to provide video/online services, online small group meetings and digital congregational care since these are proving to be very effective ministry solutions during this time. Churches can (and should) continue to provide online services, online small group meetings, digital congregational care and creative community outreach opportunities as long as they maintain the guidelines of social distancing. According to health experts, this means limiting contact with individuals that are not in your family.

The current Executive Orders permit 10 people or less to gather on a limited basis as long as they maintain the strict guidelines of social distancing. There is also a travel provision to and from places of worship. These allowances would permit a limited number of ministry personnel to prepare and provide the ministry services as described above. Weddings and Funerals can be conducted with ten or less people. Church Food Pantry’s can continue to serve the public with ten or less people serving.

What about planned wedding ceremonies or receptions?

Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 121, effective 5 p.m. March 30, that reduces the size of gatherings to 10 people. View frequently asked questions.

In Virginia, Beginning 11:59 PM on March 24, gatherings of more than ten people are banned statewide. See the full text of Executive Order 53, here. For answers to commonly asked questions, please see here.

Can funerals be held?

A funeral home can continue to conduct retail business in assisting clients with funeral arrangements. To slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and reduce the number of people infected, gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited under Executive Order 120 issued on March 23. Executive Order 121, effective 5 p.m. March 30, does not reduce the number of people who may gather, but individuals should practice social distancing. (View frequently asked questions.)

Get more details at The Community Events Page and go to Mass Gatherings Guidance for additional information.

For frequently asked questions about gatherings in Virginia, please click here.

How should I (and those I lead) respond spiritually to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to one another?

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world. Ultimately, none of us is immune to this reality. But God has not left us alone. Jesus came to heal the sick and set the captives free. He has conquered sin and death and is coming again with a new heaven and a new earth, where there will be no suffering, no sickness, and no death. Our God sits on His throne and because we have hope in Jesus we can have peace in even the most challenging circumstances.

While you’re trusting Jesus in this situation, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

Pray for mercy and healing for the sick, strength and endurance for medical professionals, insight for researchers, and wisdom for city and government officials.

Look for opportunities to love and care for others with the love that Christ has shown to us.

Reject every instance of prejudice or racism. The church should be grieved with God by the rise in racist incidents and language against the Asian community as the world responds in sin to the origination of this virus in Asia. God desires people from every tongue, tribe, and nation to experience and know the love of Christ. So let us be people who fight injustice, the wickedness of racism, and prejudice in all circumstances, making sure to also examine and guard our own thoughts, words, and actions.

Let us support one another during this time. These are days with more opportunities to love and show kindness within and beyond the walls of the church.

Even as we’re unable to gather as congregations, stay connected to your church family through calls, texts, or other digital platforms. Continue to grow as a follower of Jesus by engaging with online content. Pray for and encourage one another without ceasing.

How can I continue to give and encourage others to give while the church is not gathering for services?

Your giving continues to be an important act of worship. You can continue to faithfully give financially online, or by mail so that the ministry of the church may continue to thrive even in the midst of difficult days.

Read Church Finances and COVID-19 Article below…

In this time of crisis, the church has a significant opportunity to be the light of hope in our communities. To be that light we are going to have to rethink ways of creatively ministering to both the church body and those in our localities. This will require a renewed vision, extraordinary creativity, and a willingness to do things differently. It may also require a different approach to finances.


How do I develop and use online groups?

We recommend using the ​Zoom online video platform​. In many churches, they are asking people to pay for the monthly cost out of their own pocket (it’s very affordable for the basic plan), and if necessary, reimburse people who might be more needy.

Download Zoom Video Platform Instructions

Zoom has a huge library of tutorials you can point people to. You can also figure out how to use it yourself and then get your coaches together and do a training (make sure to record it and make it available afterwards for the future). Participants do not need to download Zoom in order for the link to open the online video platform. Zoom will ask if you’d like to download it, but you don’t need to in order to participate.


How can I learn more about the CARES Act?

To view information from Cornerstone Conference click here.

Learn from leading church solutions experts: Michael Lukaszewski, Founder of Church Fuel and renowned stewardship speaker, author, and teacher and Joseph Sangl, President & CEO, INJOY Stewardship Solutions.

For more information, please visit CHURCH FUEL

How do I set up a Facebook Account and operate Facebook Live?

Click on the links below to learn more about how to set up a Facebook account and operate FaceBook Live. 
Watch Video – How to set up a FaceBook Account

Here are simple instructions for going live for small and medium size churches with an iphone and a tripod. 
Simple Instructions for Going Live

Here is a link to youtube training on how to setup facebook to look like your pre-recorded service is live. 
How To Setup Pre-recorded Service on Facebook To Look Live

Where do I go if I have questions about the following?
  • Live streaming guides to get started fast or with $0 budget.
  • Music and licensing information.
  • Digital kids’ ministry ideas.
  • Generosity and online giving.
  • Promoting your digital service(s).
  • Hospitality and outreach throughout the week.
  • Quick tips to get your church started.
  • Further resources to keep you encouraged and informed.
  • Creating an incredible new plan for your Easter services and outreaches.

As more churches are having to move to digital services, we want to do all we can to help. The Ultimate Coronavirus Guide For Churches will help your church ramp up your digital ministry, digital services, and digital giving. Now is the time for us to serve people more than ever before!

View Nuts & Bolts: Live Stream on a Budget here!