Health Ministries


Idaho Moves Back to a Modified Stage Two, effective 11/14/2020 until further notice.

Oregon Governor Declares Two Week Freeze, beginning 11/18/2020


Message from David Prest, Jr, 11/13/2020

Today both Governor Kate Brown of Oregon and Governor Brad Little of Idaho held press conferences, dealing with the increased rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. The information from each governor is attached and a link is listed below: Idaho Oregon

For the state of Oregon, a two week freeze goes into place on November 18, 2020. This does affect churches, as worship services are limited to 25 people indoors, 50 outdoors. Oregon also has a state-wide face covering mandate in place. Please note the following information from Oregon Health Authority regarding face shields: Oregon Health Authority now recommends wearing a face covering/mask instead of a face shield (except in limited situations when a face shield by itself is appropriate, like talking to someone who is Deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.) This is taken from the page linked above.

For the state of Idaho, although houses of worship are exempt from the limitations on group sizes. However, churches must follow physical distancing and sanitation practices. In #3 of the attached document, face coverings are highly recommended. The Idaho Conference strongly encourages every church member to follow state guidelines and mandates and follow best practice. Best practice includes utilizing all of the safety protocols: physical/social distancing of at least 6 feet from those not within your household, wear face coverings (including if you want to sing), hand hygiene and sanitation practices.

I implore each of you to follow these practices. I strongly encourage you to wear a face covering, which protects you and others. Appropriate face coverings have been shown to provide protection to the wearer and helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As citizens, we have rights. As citizens, we also have a responsibility to not cause harm to another. As Adventist Christians, we have a responsibility to care for those around us. This is a real disease and it has real consequences for many who contract it.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has long had a health message as part of our mission and ministry. Let’s do our part to preserve the health and well-being of our neighbors and communities.

Thank you for showing compassion to those around us by doing your best to protect them. Thank your for keeping the mission of the Idaho Conference, a God-given mission to reach our area for God’s Kingdom, moving forward in a positive way.

David Prest Jr


COVID-19 coronavirus resources

Current Information

In John 17 Jesus prayed that His followers would be one, just as He and His Father are one. What’s the evidence of this oneness? The Love of God we have for one another which has been poured out into our hearts. (John 13:35; Romans 5:5) During these difficult times, the Church – the body of Christ – once again has the opportunity to witness before the world what true Love (oneness) looks like. (Ephesians 4:1-8, 11-13) Ellen Whites states, “We need to make it plain to the world that God sent His Son into the world to save sinners. How are we to do this? By putting forth every effort for unity.” (Ms56-1904.5)

There is much confusion when it comes to our current pandemic of COVID-19. The medical and political world have collided on this subject and it has made it very difficult for true facts to be known, thus it has been very difficult for church leadership to know what measures to take to assure the health, welfare, and safety of its members and the communities of which they serve. The Idaho Conference leadership has done its best to find the balance between faith and presumption in its response to COVID-19. We have decided to err on the side of caution hoping that we might glorify our Father which is in Heaven in exercising love towards the communities we serve. The guidelines and protocols may not be perfect, but the motive behind them is.

Therefore, as we continue to rollout protocols to do “safe” ministry to our communities, we ask that each leader carefully consider how to implement these guidelines within their respective churches in the spirit of true unity – Love. Our prayers and support are with you!

Idaho Conference administration


Face Covering information (including Oregon's order)

Oregon Health Authority Face Covering Order (effective 7/1/2020 all counties)

Governor Kate Brown's News Release June 29, 2020

CDC Guidance on Face Coverings

Oregon Health Authority Info on Face Coverings

Why Do You Need to Wear Face Coverings?

Why Mask Guidance Changed

Research at UC Davis Children's Hospital Says Wearing Masks Cuts Your Own Risk by 65%

CDC Guidance for Reopening Churches

Webinar from Adventist Risk Management: 4 Steps to Reopening Churches

Webinar from Adventist Risk Management: 4 Steps to Reopening Churches (Spanish)


For Ada County Churches (back to Stage Three)

Central District Health Order re: Social Gatherings, Face Coverings (amended August 11, 2020)

Public Health Order for City of Boise: 7/3/2020

Idaho Governor Brad Little's reopening Idaho plan

Expectations for Idaho return to Stage Three 10/27/2020

State of Idaho Order Re: Return to Stage Three 10/27/2020

     Additional Guidance for Churches During Stage One from State of Idaho

     Additional Guidance for Youth Organizations During Stage One from State of Idaho

Oregon Reopening Plan

Grant, Union and Wallowa counties were approved to begin Phase Two on Friday, June 5, 2020. Baker, Harney and Malheur counties were approved to begin Phase Two on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Malheur County was moved back to Phase One on August 17, 2020.

Expectations for Idaho Churches in Stage 4 and Oregon Churches in Phase 2 (updated June 25, 2020)

Expectations for Churches in Oregon to Reopen

Guidelines for All of Oregon

Oregon Face Covering Guidelines

Going Digital Resources

Online Worship Options

Resources for Going Digital

Online Ministry Resources from AdventistChurchConnect

For Churches

Expectations for Children's Sabbath Schools: English

Expectations for Children's Sabbath Schools: Spanish

FAQs re: Reopening Churches from Adventist Risk Management

Adventist Risk Management: How To Maintain a "Closed" Church

Adventist Risk Management Encourages Postponing Safety Sabbath

For Individuals

COVID-19 Risk Chart by Texas Medical Association - what is your risk in these activities, which assumes you are following currently recommended safety protocols when possible.            en Espanol

How to Do Social Distancing

God's Promises of Protection and Faithfulness

Need Assistance and Live in the Treasure Valley (Idaho)?

How to Use Adventist Giving - video

Adventist Risk Management

      Solutions, March 2020 newsletter on COVID-19

Adventist Risk Management Hand Washing/How Not to Spread Disease Videos:




For Parents

Resources for Parents

Message from Patrick Frey, Idaho Conference Education Superintendent 


Idaho Conference & Adventist Church Responses


Idaho Governor Brad Little extends Stay at Home order to April 30. Updated Idaho Conference Response to Stay at Home Order.

Idaho Conference Response to Stay at Home Order

Families First Coronavirus Response Act  Employee Rights

Idaho Conference Statement re COVID-19 3/17/2020

Declaración de la Conferencia de Idaho sobre COVID-19 17/03/2020

North American Division Response to COVID-19

General Conference Health Ministries

State and Federal Government Resources

Rebound Idaho Plan

Oregon Reopening Plan

State of Idaho Response Website

            Idaho Governor Outlines Latest Recommendations March 23, 2020

State of Oregon Response Website

            Oregon Governor Tightens Social Distancing: Exe Order 20-12 March 23, 2020

15 Days to Slow the Spread: Whitehouse

US Department of State Travel Advisory

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

CDC Guidance and Benefits on Use of Face Masks 

CDC Update on What Constitutes "Close Contact"

World Health Organization

CDC Resources for Households

What Are We to Do?


Interesting Health Studies and Other Resources

1. Eat Adventist: 8 Foods That Help You Live Longer

2. Living to 100 in Loma Linda, where a healthy diet comes from the Bible
3. Vegetarian Food Plate





Evidence-Based Principles for Better Health and Wellbeing