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
Virtual Roundtables: Resources for You, Created by You
Online Options for Financial Stewardship
Tuesday, April 7
1:00–2:00 p.m. (EST)
Zoom link coming.
For information about the new CARES Act, please see “General Resources” in the “Church Resources” section below.
Resources Provided by CBFNC and CBF Global
- 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.
- CARES Act Information – Webinar
This is information from a webinar that was hosted by The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) on March 31. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.
- Webinar: CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Q&A
Get the latest up-to-date information on the rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program of the CARES Act and have your specific questions answered by local experts. Webinar Leaders: Jason Cogdill, JD and Julie Frye (Accountant and HR specialist from Outfitters4).
- The COVID-19 stimulus packages and houses of worship
This is an article by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty written on Wednesday, April 1.
- A Concise Coronavirus Guide for Churches
This is a packet of information and resources to help us live out our calling during crisis compiled by Daniel Harrell, Matthew Branaugh and Kyle Rohane of Christianity Today.
- 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.
- Public Health Emergency Continuity Planning
This is a guide provided by Dr. Paul Raybon, associate pastor at Hominy Baptist Church and partner at Barnabas Partnership.
- Webinars by Faith + Lead
Recently, Luther Seminary’s Faith+Lead Learning Lab hosted the first in a series of Faithful Adaptation Webinars. It was amazing to connect with leaders from around the continent and to join in prayer, God’s Word, listening to one other, and learning more about how to connect with your people in this time. Twice a week, for the next several weeks, Faith+Lead will host a space where you can connect with ministry peers to discuss your needs, your challenges, your learnings–and most importantly, where God is showing up in the midst of this very real disruption.
- COVID-19 and Worship: Resources for Churches Adapting to Social Isolation
As containment of COVID-19 forces your worshiping community to implement “shelter-in-place” worship and practice social isolation, we offer these resources to help you plan and cope in ways that encourage and support your community. These resources, provided by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship for the Study of Renewal of Worship, were initially created from events and in response to different situations and can be adapted for worship that encourages prayer and Christian community during this time of social distancing necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
- Worship, The Seder, Tradition
The Seder for Christians worship guide by Ka’thy Gore Chappell
- 24-Hour Prayer for Good FridayCreated by Kristen Tucker, Associate Pastor, Spiritual Development & Communication at Pritchard at Southend Baptist Church, Charlotte
- Palm Sunday, Holy Week & Easter
Guide for reflection compiled from Christian Century‘s archives.
- 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.
- Illustrated Ministry Children’s Resource
Illustrated Ministry is supporting local congregations and families in trying to flatten the curve amid a COVID-19 pandemic by providing free, weekly, faith formation resources for all ages. You will find: 1) free, downloadable, and easy to access; 2) a simple but meaningful way to engage faith; and 3) quality materials from a trusted company used by thousands of churches from over 60+ denominations around the world.
- 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.
- Faith Formation for Children
At least through the end of April, every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. (CDT), WMU children’s consultants, Heather Keller and Zachariah Seanor, will teach a GA and RA lesson on Facebook Live, and provide links to downloadable activities children can do at home. Login to the GA Facebook Page or the RA Facebook Page.
- 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
- Faith Formation for Teens and Adults
Renovare Resources: This includes a variety of free articles and interviews surrounding the topics of Christian Spiritual Formation.
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 highly suggests the Zoom platform as a way for committees, teams and small groups to meet virtually. Zoom allows persons with computers to “see and be seen,” and to “hear and be heard.” If you don’t have a computer, you can participate by phone, though without the video capability. For more information, visit www.Zoom.us. If you need basic advice about using Zoom, contact Mary Kaylor.
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:
Getting Started with Church Online (pre-recorded webinar)
10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Article by Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed and published in Christian Century
Clergy and Church Staff Roundtable
COVID-19 Emerging Church Practices Webinars | Offered on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. for FREE
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.
Podcast & Article – The Praxis Journal
Redemptive Edge: Leading Beyond the Blizzard by Andy Crouch & Dave Blanchard
How to Fully Fund Ministry During Social Distancing – Webinar for Church Leaders
We invited Horizons Stewardship to share practical ideas to help you accelerate generosity and fully fund your ministry during this time of unprecedented ministry potential. View this webinar to join Joe Park, CEO and managing partner and Joel Mikell, SVP and partner as they highlight key decisions every church needs to consider right now, mistakes to avoid, and present action plans to help you get started.