The Cares Act and your church staff
From Christianity Today
The new stimulus bill includes churches and has implication for church staff. Please learn more before making any staff decisions.
Free Guidestone Resources:
Helping Churches and ministries resume operations
If your ministry is considering reopening in the near future, you and your team are probably asking a lot of questions to determine how best to keep your congregation safe.
What will the worship schedule look like?
What new training will our staff and volunteers need?
When will we resume children’s ministry?
As you look forward to resuming in-person operations and worship, now is the time to carefully plan for a safe and effective re-entry.
Suggested Preparations for Reopening Your Church Buildings
(From Baptist State Convention of Michigan, and
The Georgia Baptist Mission Board)
Below are some suggestions for your consideration for when the time comes to reopen your church building.
Know the risk factors for the Coronavirus. This can help you make decisions on staffing, volunteers, and whether you will return sooner or later. For example, those with preexisting conditions and those over 60 years old are at a higher risk of experiencing worse symptoms than others if they contract the virus.
Churches across the country are beginning to ask questions regarding how we will return to public worship services in a COVID-19 world. While we are far from naming a date, we at Cross Church are trying to put a plan in place. Our plan will surely vary from yours, but together we can learn from each other as we make one of the hardest decisions we’ve faced as pastors and leaders.
Guide to Reopening a Church Campus in the midst of COVID-19
From Colorado Baptists
As guidelines are moving from “stay at home” orders to “safer at home” orders, it is important for churches to consider how to reopen their church facilities when the time is allowed.
24 Questions your church should answer before people return
From Ken Braddy
LifeWay’s Director of Sunday School, Manager of LifeWay Christian Resource’s Adult Ongoing Bible Studies & Adult Trainers
This week we all received good news from our president: the country is going to slowly reopen, and that includes houses of worship.
I can guarantee that we will not go back to “business as usual” as a country, and that includes our churches. If you think we’ll all rush back to church and pick up where we left off, don’t kid yourself – it’s not going to happen. Or at least it shouldn’t happen. We need to think and plan carefully so we do not endanger people simply because we let our guard down and believed that the Coronavirus crisis had passed.
Do SBA-backed loans violate the separation of church and state?
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
March 31, 2020
Over the past week, several pastors have asked me the same question: namely, is a church or ministry taking advantage of newly approved government-backed Small Business Administration (SBA) loans wrong to do so? Would such a church be now a government-funded enterprise? I do not think so, and here’s why.
How churches, pastors are eligible for relief in stimulus package
DALLAS (BP) — The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package signed into law today (March 27) by President Trump will provide potential relief for churches and pastors, thanks to efforts by the Church Alliance, a national coalition of large and historic church benefit boards, including GuideStone, and Southern Baptist partners to ensure churches and pastors have the same options as small businesses and self-employed individuals attempting to financially weather the economic turmoil wrought by COVID-19.
Combatting isolation and creating connections
Isolation breeds anxiety, fear, and loneliness, especially in the face of a worldwide pandemic. In a time when many would seek comfort and encouragement inside a church building, those doors are locked and worshipers are required to spend weeks or potentially months without fellowship. Church members are missing friends, worship and discipleship in an uplifting environment.
Student ministry in the time of COVID-19
A week and half ago it was youth ministry “as usual” or at least as “as usual” as 2020 gets! This week, enter the COVID-19 quarantine, and everything is turned upside down. What is a youth pastor to do?
Well, members of the AZSBC Student Leaders Facebook group got together for a Zoom meeting to discuss the possibilities. The meeting was facilitated by Chad Murrell, lead pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale and Tyler Trusley, student pastor at Cross Church in Surprise.
Responding with love not fear: Helpful resources for churches
By Tim K.
President Donald Trump has urged all Americans to minimize contact with large gatherings of people for the next 15 days due to increasing concern over the rapid spread of the coronavirus. In response to this plea, David Johnson, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention executive director, has urged all Arizona Southern Baptist churches to suspend regular gatherings, including Sunday worship services, for the next two weeks. Johnson explained that everything we do should be motived by love not fear.
Love in action during a pandemic crisis
By Tim K.
State and national leaders have urged social distancing and voluntary isolation to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Arizona Southern Baptists are asked to love well by following the directions of our nation’s leaders by suspending large gatherings for the next two weeks, by praying fervently and by proclaiming the gospel boldly with words and deeds. Pastors and congregational leadership across Arizona are making plans to respond to this challenging environment.
Pastor Chad Garrison urged the members of Calvary Baptist Church, Lake Havasu City, to report needs during the crisis to the church. He also urged members who want to help with needs to also report to the church. The idea is to match people willing to serve with needs as they arise.
Calvary Baptist Church has suspended all large group gatherings but will be broadcasting services through Facebook and the church web page — https://calvarylhc.com/. Many churches are doing some variation of this plan.