COVID-19 Resources for Churches

In response to the changing needs of our congregations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have compiled the following resources for pastors, congregational leaders and members.

ONLINE WORSHIP TIMES
Carlisle Presbytery Congregations Online

RETURNING TO CHURCH
Risk Chart
National Council of Churches Urges Extreme Caution
PCUSA Guidelines for Returning to Public Worship
Avoid This Big Mistake: Stepping Back Into The Past When You Step Back Into Your Building
Are Churches Behaving Like Malls in the Age of Amazon, Just Hoping for People to Shop Again?
The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
Church Leadership Guide: Stages of Response to Coronavirus
We Cannot Reopen America
Resetting our Expectations
Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return

CLERGY CARE
Top Ten Reasons Why Your Pastor Needs a Break (A special message for Clerks of Session and Elders)
An Epidemic of Loneliness
Clergy Compassion Fatigue
Five Fundamentals Needing to Change
The Madness of the Call

COVID-19 GRANTS
Guidance for COVID-19 Grants
CARES Act Summary

IDEAS AND RESOURCES
Q&A: Did My Church Infringe on Copyright When Using YouTube Videos in a Live-Stream Service
COVID-19: 100 Ideas for Ministers and Ministry Leaders
Presbyterian Church USA: COVID-19 Resources for Churches and Individuals
Steps for Using Facebook Live to Stream Worship Service (pdf)
Community Without Communing: Resources for Virtual Church
Keeping PCUSA Churches Open for Business: Distance Ministry (pdf)
Keeping PCUSA Churches Open for Business: Distance Ministry (pptx)
Good News from A Church for Starving Artists (pdf)
COVID-19 Lockdown: Creating Live-streamed Worship in 3 Days
Church Without Walls
Tips for Leading Long Distance Worship
The Moveable Feast
Zoom Worship Preparation Webinar
10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak

MINISTRY WITH CHILDREN
Children’s Worship Bulletins
Illustrated Resources: Bible story coloring pages and family resources.
Responding to children’s questions about COVID-19, plus activities
Blogs to Build Faith at Home, Kids Corner Activity, Bible Stories Podcast
Coronavirus, Anxiety, Children and the Church

LEADERSHIP AND THEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK
Navigating the Unknown: Adaptive Leadership in Highly Anxious Times
Social Distancing and the Love of Neighbor
The Church’s Role in a Pandemic
A theology of leadership during crisis?
The Urgent Need to Lead, Not Manage (Webinar)
Leading Beyond the Blizzard: Why Every Organization Is Now a Startup

MENTAL HEALTH, GRIEF AND ADDICTION
Resilience Webinar from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Signs of Coronavirus Anxiety
Brene’ Brown on Comparative Suffering, the 50/50 Myth, and Settling the Ball
A Sermon on the Five Stages of Grief
AA Groups Online
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
5 Ways to Guard Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
Support for Managing Fears About Coronavirus

STEWARDSHIP AND GIVING
10 Stewardship Do’s in a Pandemic and One Do Not
Why Giving to Your Church Right Now Might Be More Important than Ever
The Presbyterian Foundation
Simple Give
Making it Easy to Give
Stewardship in a Pandemic

ONLINE MEETINGS AND WORSHIP
Preaching to the Camera
Copyright Law and Online Worship
Video on Legal Considerations for Online Worship
Synod of Mid America Webinar on Zoom Council Meetings for Leaders
Synod of Mid America Webinar on Zoom Council Meetings for Commissioners
Tips for the Casual Zoom User
How to Schedule and Start a Zoom Meeting
How to Use Zoom
Ten Tech Tips for Meeting Online
Ten Tips for Folks New to Online Meetings

PASTORAL CARE AND FUNERALS
Prayer at the Time of Death (booklet)
Comforting the Bereaved (booklet)