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 mkaylor@cbfnc.org.  Remember to check back regularly for new information.

Use These Resources We’ve Gathered for You and Your Congregations

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
CHURCH RESOURCES
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
OTHER RESOURCES

Church Resources

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/ben
    efits 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 Tracy Davis.

 

General Resources

  • 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.

 

Worship Resources

 

Resources in Spanish/Recursos en Espanol

 

Children’s Resources

 

Youth Resources

 

College Student Resources

 

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.

Technology Resources

Church Websites
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:

Connor Strickland
Founder + Creative Director
Simple Church Co.
simplechurch.co
(919)-612-5877
hello@simplechurch.co

 

Church Networking & WiFi
CBFNC has a partner to assist churches with computer hardware, church networks, WiFi, etc.  Contact them directly:

John Vestal
John.c.vestal@mailzone.com
919-606-5732

Other Resources

10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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.