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.
Update from Dr. Johnson, 3/30/20
Dr. Johnson has an update for AZSBC church pastors and leaders, in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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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.
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.