Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus Resources for Ministries  

Our team has been researching, crowd sourcing, and writing articles to help ministries navigate the path of the coronavirus from outbreak to pandemic. We've compiled resources to help you through each stage of COVID-19 including prevention, security, communication, online strategies, deep cleaning, giving, funding, and more. Click on the article cards below to read more.

Learn more about the preventive steps your organization can take to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by visiting these CDC web pages:


Used with permission of CDC.gov   
Posted March 2, 2020.  Updated August 2021.


The information provided in this article is intended to be helpful, but it does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice from a licensed attorney in your area. We strongly encourage you to regularly consult with a local attorney as part of your risk management program.

 

  • President's Announcement about Vaccine Mandate for Employers Generates Questions

    This rule for employers with 100+ employees has generated many questions from ministries since it was first announced on September 9, 2021. Most of these will have to wait for answers until the actual requirement is published. Ministry leaders should actively monitor the development of this “vaccine mandate” and consider how they may need to respond.

  • Vaccinations: Responding to Religious Exemption Requests from Attendees

    You may be asked by an attendee to write a letter to their employer as supporting documentation or to sign off on a religious objection to immunizations waiver form. Before you do so consider this important question: Does your church have sincerely held beliefs against vaccines or immunizations?

  • Coronavirus: Temporary Day Care Guidelines

    If your ministry has the desire and capability to provide temporary child care, you should consider the following points to protect your people and the children in your care.

  • CDC Issues Updated Guidance for Camps: 3 Things to Know

    Camps across the nation are opening their screen doors and welcoming campers once again. New CDC guidance for youth summer camps offers hope for a fun-filled, Gospel-filled season. Check the updated recommendations against your current plan.

  • Camp Food Service Amid COVID-19

    How to get your camp kitchen and dining hall ready for Summer 2021 amid COVID-19. Here are some safety measures to consider. 

  • Inviting the World to Your Virtual Meetings

    Your organization may have moved some of its operations online by using virtual meeting platforms. The upside is you were able to continue with critical missional aspects. The downside: online meetings, and recording those meetings, carry unique risks. 

  • Delta variant brings masking back to forefront

    As COVID-19 rates begin to rise across the country, due in part to the Delta variant, church leaders may be wondering what measures to bring back to keep their people safe.

  • How COVID-19 Vaccines May Affect Schools

    As COVID-19 vaccines become more available across the country, you may be wondering what it means for your school. This article provides a primer on the vaccine so you can make decisions on how best to protect your people.

  • How To Set Up A Zoom Meeting

    If you’ve never hosted a Zoom meeting before, there’s no reason to worry – setup is simple. Here's what you need to know.

  • Safely Host a Drive-in Worship Service

    With stay-at-home orders in place for nearly every state, ministries are searching for creative ways to host worship services. Follow these steps to help you host a safe and successful drive-in worship service.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Basics

    As COVID-19 vaccines become more available across the country, you may be wondering what it means for your organization. This article provides a primer on the vaccine so you can make decisions on how best to protect your people.

  • Six Tips for Resolving Conflict in the Church

    A leader in the field of Christian conciliation, Ken Sande offers biblical guidance pastors can use to address existing conflicts within the church. Plus, he points to resources church leaders can use to teach relational wisdom to others.

  • Supreme Court Rules Against Size Restrictions for Church Gatherings

    Houses of worship in NY, CO, and NJ received relief from what they say was a targeted executive order imposing harsh and unequal restrictions on in-person gatherings during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read how the Supreme Court justices came to their decision.

  • Coronavirus: Sample Health Screening Checklist and Waiver Form

    The Sample Health Screening Checklist and Required Coronavirus Supplemental Release waiver are designed to help ministries develop screening procedures that help protect your ministry and its people.

  • Adaptability Will be Essential for Churches Planning Christmas Celebrations in 2020

    Preparing for Christmas services may require additional creativity this year. A rising tide of coronavirus infections could affect in-person gatherings in many communities.  

  • Planning a Low Risk Festive Fall Event

    Many fall traditions, such as hayrides and trunk-or-treat events, are being discouraged this year due to the novel coronavirus. If your ministry decides to host an event, it’s important to take precautions. 

  • Avoid Unmasking an OSHA Violation

    When it comes to keeping employees safe, OSHA governs occupational safety standards—including COVID-19 exposure. Can employees can file a claim if you fail to protect them?

  • Guidelines for Setting Up a Temporary Virtual Learning Site

    If your ministry has the desire and capability to provide temporary virtual learning supervision, you should consider the following points to protect your people and the children in your care.

  • Get On The Bus

    If your school or ministry operates buses or vans to transport students or attendees, you’ll need a plan to protect drivers and riders from contagious respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.

  • Mold and Legionella Lurk in Unused Buildings

    If any parts of your church, school, camp, or college campuses have been unoccupied over the past few months, you’ll want to review these preventive measures as you work to wipe microbial health hazards before you gather again.

  • Coronavirus and Cyber Fraud

    While ministries are looking for ways to reach our and engage their congregations during the coronavirus pandemic, scammers are hoping to cash in during this vulnerable time. Protect your people and your data with these critical cyber security tips...

  • COVID+ and your Ministry: Tracking and Tracing

    In January, the thought of taking attendance for your church service or having people register in advance to attend a service was almost unheard of. Today, however, ministry teams are doing both.

  • To Sing or Not to Sing

    As ministry leaders make plans for in-person services, the issue of singing has been an unexpected outcrop of the COVID-19 virus. Your ministry may be weighing whether worship singing is safe, when to allow it, and how.

  • Think Creatively to Maximize Your Children's Ministry Activities

    Not quite ready to bring the children’s ministry and activities back to your facility? Many churches are rethinking this area of ministry as they review state and community recommendations for safely resuming kid’s activities while continuing to flatten the curve of coronavirus. 

  • Pastoral Wellness: Resilient pastors take time for self-care

    For many pastors, coronavirus has either disrupted or catalyzed how they view their ministry’s purpose. While some are excited about new opportunities to advance their mission, others may be struggling with the additional burdens of shepherding from a distance.

  • Pastoral Care: Gaining Perspective and Recognizing Burnout

    How are you doing? This simple yet complex question can yield amazing insight into how pastors are thinking and feeling right now. Denny Howard, director of counseling and coaching for Full Strength Network, has spoken with more than 60 pastors over the last few weeks.

  • Staffing the Children's Ministry

    You may find that some volunteers in your children's ministry may not be ready to resume their roles at this time. If you do find a void, remember that it is important to not only select the right volunteers for the right jobs, but to also screen your volunteers.

  • What does children's ministry look like going forward? 

    As ministries begin gathering, there are still many questions about how to safely and effectively teach children and youth. Each ministry will need to decide what’s best for their own congregation, but the following tips may help minimize the spread of respiratory illnesses as you consider how and when you’ll gather your children and youth.

  • Children's Ministry Prep - Cleaning and Disinfecting

    Stepping up your cleaning and disinfecting practices can help minimize the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 when you return to children and youth ministry activities.

  • Before We Gather - Planning for Social Distancing

    What does social distancing look like at church? We’ve compiled a list of areas to consider so your team can begin making plans. Be sure to let your attendees, staff, and volunteers know about any changes and what to expect in advance.

  • Before We Gather - Back to Work, Back to Basics

    Your ministry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic may have ranged from a complete shutdown to an entirely new way of reaching your congregation. Ramping up in-person operations requires a careful plan, too, especially if you are rehiring furloughed or laid-off employees, recalling volunteers, or even hiring new workers.

  • Before We Gather - Deep Clean and Disinfect

    Stepping up your cleaning and disinfecting practices can help minimize the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 as you return to worship services. The coronavirus may be viable for hours to days on chairs, desks, pews, counters, door handles, phones, computer keys, microphones, and more.

  • Before We Gather - Communication Reduces Fear and Increases Connection

    As your ministry makes plans to resume normal operations, ongoing communication with your employees, volunteers, and congregation remains an important element. Open communication about what to expect and any changes you plan to implement will help alleviate fear and anxiety.

  • Before We Gather - Taking the Touch Out of High-Touch Areas

    It’s key for ministries to consider how they can limit possible germ spread through high-touch surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, faucets, sinks, toilets, touch pads, Bibles, coffee pots, pens, water fountains, offering plates, and more.

  • Before We Gather – Facilities Preparation

    As you prepare for a gradual return to normal operations, you may be wondering how your ministry can prepare its facilities to address health and safety. There are steps you can take now to make sure your facilities are ready.

  • Stay Connected--Alternate Ways to Host a Church Service

    During this time of quarantine, limited travel, and sheltering in, people want to feel connected. Your ministry has an opportunity to creatively reach your worshippers and maybe even a wider audience. Here are 9 ideas you can use as a starting point. 

  • Coronavirus: Emergency Sick Leave and Ministry Payroll

    A new federal law provides paid sick time and family leave benefits to thousands of U.S. employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out how it may affect ministries. 

  • Property Maintenance Prevents Surprises

    If permitted by your local or state officials, don’t forget to routinely check on your building and its important equipment, like HVAC systems and plumbing fixtures, to ensure they’re functioning correctly.

  • Empty Buildings Attract Problems

    As Christian ministries shift to temporarily hosting virtual services, empty buildings can become targets for vandalism and theft. Here are some practical steps you can take now to help protect your ministry property.

  • Allergies or COVID-19? Clara Can Help Assess

    Many of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 can mimic a cold or allergies. The CDC offers help from “Clara,” an online assesment system, to sort it out.

  • Coronavirus - COVID-19 Prevention and Planning Guidance

    To help keep your employees, volunteers, students, and ministry attendees healthy, learn more about the preventive steps your organization can take to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

  • Giving in Digital Times

    As states recommend churches take a break from in-person services, ministry leaders are wondering about the impact on their day-to-day operations. The simplest option to address tithe and offering during a season without physical gatherings is online giving.

  • Communicating in a Time of Coronavirus

    Explore ways to share timely and accurate information with your community. Use these tactics to keep your people updated on schedules, cancellations, service and outreach opportunities, small gatherings, and more:

  • Coronavirus and your Building: Deep Clean and Disinfect

    Stepping up your cleaning practices can help minimize the spread of infectious diseases in your church or school. Experts say that cleaning of surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19.

  • In-Person Services Cancelled: Taking the Gospel Online

    Ministry leaders face the challenge of rethinking how they “do” church if they can’t deliver the word in-person. We’ve gathered some practical ideas to help you continue the work of the gospel online while your doors are temporarily closed. 

  • Coronavirus May Warrant Creative Approaches to Communion

    As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise in the U.S., many churches are addressing their approach to Communion to limit the spread of the disease.

  • Church Shares Coronavirus Messaging

    Looking for help drafting a letter to your congregation about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and its impact on your church family? Northshore Church in Washington has openly shared its letter as a sample template.

  • Coronavirus: Review your Infectious Disease Plan

    Now is a good time to review your ministry’s infectious disease plan. Consider the following to include in your plan:

  • Facility Use Agreement

    To limit the liability your church, school, or camp assumes, require all groups borrowing or renting your facilities to sign a building use agreement.

  • Activity Participation Agreement for Ministry and School

    This sample agreement can be used for ministry or school. Ensure participants understand risks and protect your ministry from liability by having participants sign an activity participation agreement.