Coronavirus Resources

Helping your church respond and lead through the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

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We are updating this page daily, check back frequently for added resources.

 

Federal information & CARES Act

How the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Bill Affects Churches and Non-profits >
How the CARES Act Benefits your Church >
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Reopening church

Worship service video intro >
4 questions leaders must ask before reopening the church
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Lessons learned from reopening the church interview >
Roadmap for reunion sample plan and procedures >
Church the next 3-12 months
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Phasing into new normal >
24 questions churches should answer >
Congregational survey >
LifeWay congregational survey >
Entering phase 2 >
Phase 2 planning guide >
Church budgeting tips >
Plan to re-open >
Gathering together again >
Practical PPE for churches >
How to re-open your church >
Re-opening your church after COVID-19 >
Roadmap for re-opening >
Increasing struggles with mental health >
Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper >
Free resources by Ed Stetzer >
Practical guidelines >
RALLY Financial Training Post Pandemic >
Restart "example" plan >
ReEntry by Auxano >
Required for entry A-Frame signage (2' x 3'): English // Spanish
Health reminders A-Frame signage (2' x 3'): English/Spanish
Reqired for entry kid's A-Frame signage (2' x 3'): English/Spanish

 

Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

Webinar - Spiritual Formation in an Era of Social Distancing >
Mentoring Anxious People in Hope & Wholeness – How to Help People Grow Through Crisis & Trauma >
Sharing Christ - Free Church Resources by Eagle Brook Church
The Psychology of Crisis by Dr. Henry Cloud
Pastoral Support - CMV Living Room Series >

Book recommendations

Spiritual Formation

  • (Book) Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
  • (Workbook) A Spiritual Formation Workbook - Revised Edition: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growthby James Bryan Smith and Richard J. Foster
  • (App) Bible.is

Emotional Formation

  • (Book) Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
  • (Curriculum) The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course by Peter Scazzero

Relational Formation

  • (Book) Loving People by John Townsend
  • (Podcast) The Boundaries.me Podcast

Mental Formation

  • (Book) Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  • (Book) What Would Jesus Think by Mary Whelchel
  • (App) Switch – www.theswitch.app

Physical Formation

  • (Book) The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman
  • (Book) Think and Eat Yourself Smart: A Neuroscientific Approach to a Sharper Mind and Healthier Life by Dr. Carolyn Leaf

Missional Formation

  • (Book) Right Here Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People by Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford
  • (Workbook) The Tangible Kingdom Primer: An Eight-Week Guide to Incarnational Community by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay

 

Church training & resources

COVID-19 and the African American church >
Webinar - Leading Your Church Plant Through Crisis

COVID-19 Church Online Summit by the NAE 
Training & Checklists for Coronavirus by LifeWay Ministry Grid
Church Guide to Coronavirus by Outreach
Coronavirus and the church
How to Pivot to a Digital Strategy by Pushpay
Five Ways to Help Church Planters Prepare for COVID-19 by Daniel Yang
A Coronavirus Response Plan for Churches by Church Law & Tax
Student Ministry Messages by Eagle Brook Church
Kid's Ministry Lessons by Eagle Brook Church
Weddings, Funerals, Shepherding & Soul Care Today >

 

Take your church online

How-tos
Taking Church Online in a Coronavirus Age by Jay Kim
The Ultimate Coronavirus Guide for Churches by Church Marketing University
Stream This Sunday by NAMB
4 Critical Pointers for Preaching to a Camera in an Empty Room by Jesse Campbell

Streaming Platforms
Church Online Platform >
Streaming on Facebook >

Podcast Platforms
Zencastr >
Simplecast >

Online Giving
5 of the best online giving platforms >
Free giving platform from LifeWay >
Subsplash >

Worship
Add worship to your online experience >

 

Social Media

How to Leverage Social Media by Kat Combs
Digital Content Ideas During the COVID-19 Outbreak by Michael Tuszynski

 

Outreach Ideas

Shopping and Delivery Service for Seniors >

 

Human Resources

Work Remote Agreement >
Communication to Employees >
5 Virtual Tools for Telecommuting >
Remote Work Guidelines >
HR Ministry Solutions >

 

Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Converge leaders:
Scott Ridout & Nate Hettinga response >
Gary Rohrmayer, Converge MidAmerica, response >
Bruce Sumner, Converge Southwest, response >
Brian Weber, Converge MidAtlantic, response >
Ken Nabi, Converge Great Lakes, response >

Christian leaders:
3 Observations About Crisis, Leadership and the Church by Scott Ridout
Church Leader Insight Panel by Converge pastors
How do we make sense of the Coronavirus by John Piper
Leadership and the Coronavirus Crisis Podcast by Ed Stetzer
Love in the Time of the Coronavirus by Andy Crouch
Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus from the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College
Responding to Highly Contagious Illnesses by Church Law & Tax
Crisis Leadership, Christian Leadership and the Coronavirus Epidemic by Carey Nieuwhof

Converge churches:
Chapelstreet Church, Geneva, IL >
Heartland Church, Fishers, IN >

Need further assistance?

Contact your local Converge district: