Directory of COVID-19 Resources
It’s tempting to write “This is a great article, check it out!” after so many of these entries...but we’ll refrain. Hopefully you’ll agree that there are some real gems in this collection of COVID-related resources for faith communities.
We look forward to hearing what information is most helpful to you. And check back often; we’ll edit this page as we receive updates from our partner groups.
The Pathways team
Resources by Category
UPCOMING LIVE STREAMING EVENTS
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“Building Your Volunteer Team” Thursday, May 28, 2020. 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. Presented by Center for Congregations.
Annette Safstrom from Ministry Architects shares her 30+ years of experience in volunteer recruiting and retention.
“Deep Calls to Deep: Three Interactive Lectures on Preaching the Good News in Difficult Times.” Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10, 2020. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT each evening. Voluntary fee structure: $0 to $15. Presented by Virginia Theological Seminary.
These Zoom webinars will help clergy nourish their passion in difficult times.
“Faith in the Future” Friday, June 19, 2020. 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT. Voluntary fee structure: $0 to $20. Presented by Virginia Theological Seminary.
We should embrace the future as an opportunity for new spectrums of meaning making, says author and noted futurist Bob Johansen. Join him to look at emerging trends, and why a new way of thinking is required for leaders of the church.
“Future-Focusing Your Church Finances” Wednesday, June 10, 12:00 p.m. EDT. Presented by ECF Vital Practices. Free. Register before noon on June 9.
Join ECF staffers Carsten Sierck and Demi Prentiss as they explore finance and planning practices to help prepare congregations for the new and unexpected.
“Lessons from History: How Crises Have Expanded Philanthropy” The Lilly School of Philanthropy, Indiana University. Podcast featuring Dr. Kathi Badertscher. May 18, 2020.
“7 Ways to Keep Revenue and Donations Flowing During the COVID-19 Crisis” Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Rob Blezard. April 15, 2020.
“Empty pews take a financial toll on many US congregations” The Conversation. Brad R. Fulton, David King, and Chris Munn. April 29, 2020. The authors provide data on recent trends in religious giving.
"Will the Church Financially Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic?” Faith and Leadership newsletter from Duke Divinity. April 28, 2020. Twelve Christian leaders, including David King from the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, share their thoughts on how the pandemic might affect the financial health of American Churches.
“9 Ways to Give Beyond the Offering Plate & 6 Things You Should Do When You Use Them”
The Ecumenical Stewardship Center Blog. March 31, 2020.
“Funding the Mission First: Trusting in the Gospel in Times of Uncertainty” CEEP Network. March 28, 2020. Featuring Melissa Spas of the Lake Institute.
“Impact of CARES Act on Giving” The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University. Certain provisions in the CARES Act allow new incentives for charitable contributions during 2020. You may want to pass this info along to donors.
“Podcast: The Role of Philanthropy in Times of Crises” The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University.
Good news and helpful tips about engaging donors now.
“Church Financial Management in Challenging Times” Church Law & Tax on-demand webinar. Mike Batts, CPA.
Batts covers financial practices needed to reduce costs, shore up cash reserves, create efficiencies, and maintain internal controls during a financial management crisis brought on by the pandemic. Loaded with actionable information and well worth its 80-minute run time.
“How Should Leaders Respond to an External Shock?” Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Meredith McNabb, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. April 29, 2020.
“5 Practices for Coaxing Order Out of Chaos” The Faith+Leader. Susan Beaumont. April 16, 2020.
“10 Thoughts on Leading Through the COVID-19 Crisis.” Leading Ideas, Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Alex Shanks. April 1, 2020.
“Leading Beyond the Blizzard: Why Every Organization is Now a Startup.” The Praxis Journal. Andy Crouch, Kurt Keilhacker, and Dave Blanchard. March 20, 2020.
In a far-reaching and insightful piece, leaders at Praxis Labs assert that COVID-19 has brought about a once-in-a-lifetime change that is likely to affect our lives and organizations for years.
“Innovating Through Crisis” The Faith+Leader. April 13, 2020.
Ideas for how faith leaders can “break down silos, bind together, and find new ways to be church.”
“Managing Empty Buildings in the Era of COVID-19” Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP) Network. April 22, 2020.
Video discussion featuring four panelists.
“Adaptive Leadership in the Face of a Pandemic,” Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program. Grace Burton Edwards, Rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Columbus, Georgia.
“The Art of Organizing” ECFVP Vestry Papers. Francisco Garcia. March 2020.
Why community activism and organizing is vital work for churches.
Clergy, congregations and people of faith:
“Prayer matters. It’s not magic. But it makes a difference.” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
Each Monday through the end of May, Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church (United States) will post a video meditation on the theme Habits of Grace. Here is his post from April 20.
“Lessons from Ministry in the Midst of a Disaster” Healing the Healers. The Rev. Matt Crebbin. March 30, 2020.
Rev. Crebbin shares the lessons he learned about trauma and ministry when in 2012, he served his community in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
“What Happens When Soccer Practice Comes Back?” ECF Vital Practices for Leading Congregations. Picket Wall. May, 2020. When life’s distractions re-emerge, will our people come back to church?
“Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Word to the Church: What Would Love Do?” The Episcopal Church website. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. April 29, 2020.
“Virtual Evangelism” ECFVP blog. April 17, 2020.
Online services are an opportunity to grow your worship community during COVID-19 and beyond.
“Resource List for Online Church.” Practical Resources for Churches.
Tips and how-tos for transitioning to online platforms – even if you’re not a “Techie” (Some info is specific to Church of Christ congregations.)
“Believe, Repeat, and Act.” Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) Open Plaza. Rev. Dr. Melinda Contreras-Byrd. April 8, 2020. Thoughts on warding off despair and regaining hope.
“Vocation in a Time of Coronavirus: Reflections from C.S. Lewis’ ‘Learning in Wartime’ ” Vocation Matters. Jason D. Stevens. April 15, 2020.
“Be Weird Be True” ECF Vital Practices for Leading Congregations. David Peters. May, 2020. Tips to help you develop your online ministry, from a priest who’s gone viral.
“Zoom Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Next Meeting” virtual-church.org. Levi McKay and Angie Brokaw. April 15, 2020.
“How to Stay Connected Through Video” virtual-church.org. Angie Brokaw. March 22, 2020. How to get set up and use Zoom or Google Hangouts to meet.
“Tools for Maintaining Community During a Pandemic” Episcopal Relief & Development website. May 1, 2020.
“Coming Together: How People Around the World Give Back During COVID-19” The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University. Abby Rolland. April 6, 2020.
“Larger Churches Encouraged to Help Smaller Ones Survive COVID-19 Pandemic” The Christian Century. April 20, 2020
Health and Safety During COVID-19
“Managing Anxiety: Coronavirus Fears and Concerns” An archived webinar from The Church Pension Group. May, 2020. Dr. Bill Diamond, a clinical psychologist and leading expert on stress management, provides concrete advice for managing feelings of helplessness during the coronavirus pandemic. Full of good ideas to share.
“A User’s Guide to Face Masks” New York Times. Tara Parker-Pope. April 10, 2020.
“Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19” CDC.
GENERAL PASTORAL CARE
“Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource” National Association of School Psychologists handout. February 29, 2020.
“Pastoral Care in the Coronavirus Crisis” Lewis Center for Church Leadership podcast. Michael Koppel and Ann A. Michel. April 1, 2020.
“COVID-19: Navigating Communal Trauma in Faith” Odyssey Impact: Healing the Healers. April 15, 2020. Panelists Rev. Matt Crebbin, Dr. Katie Wiebe, and Rev. Tyshawn Gardner.
A town hall conversation with experts who’ve led congregations through both human-caused and natural disasters, exploring what pastoral care and leadership wisdom those experiences provide now.
“10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak” The Christian Century. March 10, 2020.
“We Asked Experts How to Cope with Your Coronavirus Anxiety” Shine. March 12, 2020.
“Helping Adolescents Work Through the Rising Tide of Anxiety” Fuller Youth Institute. Rhett Smith.
“Naming Losses and Gratitude with Young People in these Uncertain Days” Fuller Youth Institute. Brad M. Griffin.
This is meant as advice on helping kids who are hurting, but the exercise can be helpful for any age.
“The Strife is O’er, the Battle Won” The Episcopal Church Virtual Choir and Orchestra. Voices and instruments from across the globe, joining in Easter praise. April, 2020.
“Behind the Scenes of the Easter Virtual Choir” Living Church. Kirk Petersen. May 4, 2020. Learn how the global virtual performance was conceived and produced.
“The Great Realization” probablytomfoolery.com. Tomos Roberts. April 30, 2020. This simple spoken poem carries a positive message about the future.
“A Time for Everything” ECF Vital Practices for Leading Congregations. Linda Buskirk. March 17, 2020.
“The Quiet Center: Cultivating Inner Peace in UnsettlingTimes." ECF Vital Practices video. Rebecca Roberts. April 1, 2020. Rebecca teaches simple practices to help settle the heart and mind, so that we can be fully present to our parishioners, our families and to God.
“Music and Encouragement from Balconies Around the World” The Atlantic. Alan Taylor. March 24, 2020.
“The Emergency Button” Everything Happens, A Podcast with Kate Bowler.
A little dose of courage: Kate talks to the people she calls when fear is overwhelming.