Our staff is continually cultivating resources to help our pastors and our churches respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have compiled information from government and trusted Christian resources to offer guidance. We will update this list frequently and invite you to please send suggestions by emailing Mary Kaylor, associate coordinator, at email@example.com. Remember to check back regularly for new information.
Use These Resources We’ve Gathered for You and Your Congregations
- Finding Joy & Hope in Bleak Midwinter with Guy Sayles (Recording)
Online exploration about what themes, insights and practices church leaders can offer to nurture joy and hope, in ourselves and the people we serve, in this abnormal Advent season.
- A Virtual Christmas
A brand new virtual Christmas musical/pageant. This Covid-19 friendly show is the perfect musical for your church, theatre company, or school!
- Forgotten Christmas
Inspire your congregation to make Christmas more Christ-centered by using this free resource for your church.
- Advent Planning Roundtable
Discussion and idea sharing among ministry colleagues about planning a meaningful Advent celebration in the midst of a pandemic
Resuming Church Gatherings
The New Characteristics of Churches That Will Be in Decline Five Years From Now
Article by Carey Nieuwhof published on his website.
Mr. President, worship is an essential part of my life, but not an essential part of my death
Article by Bill Leonard, published on Baptist News Global’s website
CBF Resuming Resources
CBF has formed a work group composed of pastors, CBF state and regional leaders and CBF communications staff to develop and curate resources to assist churches as they prepare for an eventual return to in-person church services and activities. As it does its work, the group will consult with public health and medical professionals across the United States.
COVID-19 Tip Sheets
Resources Provided by CBFNC and CBF Global
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar
Did your church or ministry receive a PPP loan from a local bank backed by the Small Business Administration? If so, learn about the latest guidelines provided by the SBA and the US Treasury Department on the loan forgiveness program. Jason Cogdill, member of our Coordinating Council and general counsel/benefits attorney for ProBenefits in Winston-Salem, will help you begin thinking about how much of the loan can be forgiven and what you will need to provide to the local lending institutions.
- CBF Global Coronavirus Resources
This page features continued updates about what CBF Global is doing in the midst of this pandemic as well as links to many resources.
- CBFNC Grants
With schools closed and people out of work, community needs will be even greater in the coming weeks. CBFNC offers several grants to assist churches.
- CBFNC Technology Grants
CBFNC is offering a new grant, in small amounts, for churches that need to upgrade technology. For more information, contact Andy Jung.
- Online Giving
If your church does not have the capacity to facilitate online giving, members may give to their local church through CBFNC’s online giving platform. For assistance, contact Kathryn Ashworth.
The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
Throughout most of the country we are going to add fuel to the viral fire by reopening. It’s going to happen if I like it or not, so my goal here is to try to guide you away from situations of high risk.
- A New Way to Mourn – Podcast
He was a pastor. She was a poet. They found a second chance at love and traveled the world together, visiting Antarctica, Mount Sinai and Alaska. Today, we hear how he memorialized her life when she died in quarantine. Guest: Catherine Porter, an international reporter for The New York Times, spoke with Wayne Irwin, a retired minister of the United Church of Canada, about the loss of his wife, Flora May. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.
- Now What?
Read this article by Bill Wilson, director of Center for Healthy Churches, containing reflections by Mike Smith, retired pastor of Central Baptist Church and him on what is on the horizon for congregations and parishes as the next phase of the COVID-19 shutdown takes place.
- Ministers’ Health Summit – Online and Free
The Campbell University Divinity School will be hosting the fourth annual Ministers’ Health Summit Virtually on Thursday, June 4! Due to the social distancing restrictions, we will not be able to meet in person, but we want to bring the Health Summit to you online at no cost. This year’s Summit will include authorities on spiritual, emotional, financial, and physical well-being followed by a question and answer session with the presenters on Friday, June 5. Individuals will need to register for the event in order to receive the link to the event page where the sessions and other important information will be hosted.
- Funding Ministry During Social Distancing
Horizons Stewardship has shared practical ideas to help you accelerate generosity and fully fund your ministry during this time of unprecedented ministry potential. Join Joe Park, CEO and Managing Partner and Joel Mikell, SVP and Partner, in this webinar video as they highlight key decisions every church needs to consider right now, mistakes to avoid, and present action plans to help you get started.
- Wheaton Humanitarian Disaster Institute
This is a dedicated resource page to help churches better prepare for responding to the coronavirus and what it may bring in the future. This page will be regularly updated with essential tools, resources, and information as this public health crisis unfolds. It is packed full of resources such as: Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus manual by the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, a free webinar series on preparing your church for Coronavirus, numerous articles, resources, podcasts, tip sheets, and more.
- Singing, the Church, and COVID-19: A Caution for Moving Forward in Our Current Pandemic
Article by Heather R. Nelson, Ph.D., music director at a mid-sized Baptist church in Missouri
Resources for Choral Professionals During the Pandemic
During this challenging time, we are seeing the creativity, ingenuity, and leadership of choral professionals as they create and share resources to help themselves and others respond proactively! This page is an attempt to collect many of these ideas and suggestions together.
Resources in Spanish/Recursos en Espanol
- ¡Familias Saludables Durante La Cuarentena!
El buen trato a los niños y niñas durante la pandemia del Coronavirus—Fascículo 1
- ¡Familias Saludables Durante La Cuarentena!
Solución de los conflictos familiares durante la pandemia del Coronavirus—Fascículo 2
- ¡Familias Saludables Durante La Cuarentena!
Convivencia sin violencia durante la pandemia del Coronavirus—Fascículo 3
- COVID-19: ¿Cómo lidiar con el Distanciamiento Social?
Guía Psicoeducativa para Padres, Madres 7 Encargados
- Maravillosamente Protegidos
Teólogos en el horno reflexiones desde casa
- Using the Love Commandment to Talk COVID-19 with Kids
Children are morally resilient and creative when we give them the chance. So, how can we talk with our children about this pandemic? Let’s use the love commandment as our guide. The resource is provided by Sojourners.
- CBF Children’s Ministry Network Facebook
This is a private group but you can request to join. You can find more info in the about section of the page.
- Internet Safety Infographic
This infographic, provided by CBF of South Carolina, offers safe ways to allow your children and youth to be connected online.
- CBF Youth Ministry Network Facebook
This is a private group for members only. You can find information about how to join (fees to pay) in the about section of the page.
- Free Bible Studies (for Youth and Adults) from Nurturing Faith
College Student Resources
- Pastoring College Students in a Pandemic
An article provided by The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others
- Naming loss and gratitude with young people in these uncertain days
An article provided by The Fuller Youth Institute
Senior Adult Resources
- Social Distancing and Social Isolation: North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry Offers Hope to Older Adults
Does the thought of “social distancing”—missing church, movies, or friendly hugs for a whole 30 days cause you to feel uneasy? Have you imagined what it might feel like to be quarantined inside your home—to depend on frozen foods, family, friends, or social services for basic necessities? For thousands of frail-aging adults in North Carolina, living “quarantined” is a day-to-day reality, and has been long before we ever heard of the coronavirus. The Hope Line is part of NCBAM’s “One Hope” outreach which offers a spiritual response to isolation and loneliness. NCBAM offers a workshop providing an overview of isolation and loneliness, methods for identifying those at risk, and strategies to help churches offer community-based solutions. Call 877.506.2226 to connect with an NCBAM regional director in your area. Click here to download a document with more information.
CBFNC has a partner, Simple Church Co., that will assist churches in building a website and/or provide monthly updates to the site for a reasonable fee. Contact the company directly:
Church Networking & WiFi
CBFNC has a partner to assist churches with computer hardware, church networks, WiFi, etc. Contact them directly:
Article by Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed and published in Christian Century
Article: Four guidelines for improvising pastoral leadership through a pandemic
How do ministers lead in unnavigated territory? How do we hold out hope in the face of despair?
By Eileen R. Campbell-Reed. Click here to learn more.