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 twice a week to offer guidance to pastors and other Christian leaders struggling to respond to the pandemic of COVID-19.

Government-provided resources

CDC resource page for community- and faith-based leaders

CDC main resource page for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

WHO update page for coronavirus disease outbreak

CDC instructions on how to wash your hands
 

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. 

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

Coping with anxiety in a pandemic
Sojourners: Anxiety is not sustainable -- it never was -- especially in what is likely to become a months-long global crisis. The key is learning simple and practical ways to help us cope.

On not getting used to this
Christian Century: “My spiritual practices have long been communal ones,” Melissa Florer-Bixler writes. “I love people -- and their presence.”

Where is God in a pandemic?
New York Times: The honest answer is: We don’t know. But even non-Christians may find understanding in the life of Jesus.

 

Other news and opinion

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.

Feeling powerless about coronavirus? Join a mutual-aid network
New York Times: It’s easy to feel powerless and alone. But you’re not powerless. And you’re most certainly not alone.

A one-page, printable guide for preparing to shelter at home
Vox: Our recommendations for surviving boredom, loneliness, and the coronavirus.