As part of our commitment to your health and well-being, we are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation with regular updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), our home diocese (Lansing, MI), and additional government agencies. We are also keeping a close eye on outbreak reports around the venues of our upcoming conferences and international ministry trips. Based on the guidance we have received to date, we are confident that our established protocols are prudent and the following events will go on as planned:
Summer Intensive: Main Campus
- Summer Intensive will continue as planned. There is no chance of cancellation. To support those who are unable to attend, including those who may not be able to fly in Michigan due to travel restrictions, we will offer a private live-stream of our Intensive.
- If necessary, we will cap our total number of participants in compliance with state or diocesan guidelines regarding indoor events and social distancing. As we monitor updates, we may also move our praise and worship time, which begins each night of the Intensive, outdoors.
- As we move closer to our Summer Intensive, we will email updates on any particular policies such as social distancing, masks, and cooperate singing.
- Please visit our website or general questions or to register here.
- Satellite School Summer Intensive information can be found here.
Fall 2020 Ministry School: Main Campus
- Our Main Campus in Brighton, MI will launch as planned with both a new Year 1 class and an ongoing Year 2 class. With the current guidelines, and in collaboration with St. Patrick Catholic Church, we believe that there will be no major challenges operating at our expected capacity.
- In the event of a resurgence of Covid19 or some other unexpected issue that sends our region back into a stay-at-home order, we will shift our onsite students into our online format during that time and utilize dynamic zoom rooms for activations and ministry training. Since this may happen unexpectedly, we will be making sure that all onsite students have proper training in making this transition so that, if necessary, everyone will be capable of continuing formation.
- As we move closer to the Fall, we will update registered students with additional information and protocols.
- For general information or to apply visit the links for Main Campus, one of our satellite campuses, or to our new online school.
- For any Encounter ministry students, partners, or participants who are immunocompromised, have tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms, and would like prayer, we would be happy to have one of our students or staff members call and pray for you! Please contact us!
- Events, schools, or programs canceled due to diocesan or state guidelines in regards to COVID-19 will be fully refunded to participants.
- Participants can register for future events with confidence! In the event of unforeseen medical issues that prevent attendance, Encounter Ministries will provide a unique coupon code that can be applied to any other event. Please contact us for more details.
Event Attendance Guidelines:
- If you are in a high-risk category for contracting coronavirus or if you live or work with people in high-risk categories, please prayerfully consider not attending the event. We have great trust in God to protect us, but we also want to use prudence in making the best decision not only for ourselves but out of charity for those around us.
- If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please do not attend events where you may spread an illness.
- We would ask that all participants wash their hands frequently throughout the day, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you do cough or sneeze, please do so directly into a tissue or into your elbow/top sleeve of your shirt. Throw used tissues directly in the trash. Please wear a mask as necessary and able.
- When stipulations like social distancing are removed, we will continue to remind everyone that during prayer ministry, touching the person receiving prayer is not necessary when praying. However, when given permission, we advise lightly placing hands on a person’s shoulder – not their head or their hands.