Resources for Christian leaders during the coronavirus pandemic

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We update this list of information from government and media sources at least three times a week to offer guidance to pastors and other Christian leaders struggling to respond to the pandemic of COVID-19.

Government-provided resources

CDC’s reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes

CDC’s general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe

CDC resource page for community- and faith-based leaders

HHS resource on faith, community and mental health during the COVID-19 crisis (PDF)

U.S. Small Business Administration’s coronavirus relief options
National Council of Nonprofits: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
UMC Discipleship: The CARES act may help your church


Pastoral resources

10 guidelines for pastoral care during the coronavirus outbreak
Christian Century: How can we accompany people through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death?

COVID-19 and worship: Resources for churches adapting to social isolation
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: 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. 

When your church reopens, here’s how to meet safely
Christianity Today: A global health expert suggests a phased plan for congregations gathering again amid this pandemic.

10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the COVID-19 crisis
UMC Discipleship: Here are some directions for financial leaders across the church to help with sustaining the church and its ministry as we live through the coronavirus crisis.

Guide for Christian funerals during COVID-19 (PDF)
Massachusetts Council of Churches: In times of trial like the death of a loved one, we turn to the familiar practices from our faith and ancestors. And so, we know that this disruption for a grieving community is doubly hard.


Religion news and opinion

Trump declares places of worship ‘essential,’ setting up standoff with governors
Religion News Service: President Donald Trump has unveiled new guidance classifying houses of worship as “essential services” and insisting that governors allow faith groups to worship despite the risk of furthering the spread of the novel coronavirus.

CDC publishes new pandemic guidance for religious worship
CNN: Religious institutions should provide soap and hand sanitizer, encourage the use of cloth masks and clean their facilities daily if they want to open while coronavirus is still spreading, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in newly released guidance Friday.

‘Things will never be the same.’ How the pandemic has changed worship
NPR: Christian worship in the United States, long characterized by its adherence to tradition, appears to have been significantly altered by the coronavirus pandemic.


Other news and opinion

America’s patchwork pandemic is fraying even further
The Atlantic: The coronavirus is coursing through different parts of the U.S. in different ways, making the crisis harder to predict, control, or understand.

America’s coronavirus testing numbers are really improving -- finally
Vox: The US still has work to do, but it’s on a positive trend.

How the pandemic will end
The Atlantic: The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out.