COVID-19 Resources

Faith community practices in general, from the Centers for Disease Control


Resources for Online Worship and Meetings

Ideas for ways to sustain community, worship and prayer apart from or in addition to physically gathering

Getting Started with Church Online: Sharing what we know to help with online worship, Bible studies, and meetings.

Quick & Dirty Intro to Live Streaming Worship

How to Create a YouTube Channel

Livestreaming a worship service 

Church Live-Steaming during Crisis

Best practices for going Live from a Page

Livestream on Facebook

Public domain hymns

Scheduling Zoom and Starting a meeting

Zoom for Congregational Use – Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Michael Jannett, SE Synod

How to Zoom – YouTube video that’s simple and easy to follow.

Scheduling Zoom and Starting a Meeting by Southwestern Texas Synod

Zoom settings to avoid ZoomBombing – SE Iowa Synod

Remote Conferencing

Adobe Connect | Free 90-day Subscriptions thru July 1

Google Hangouts Meet | Free access to advanced features thru July 1

Zoom | No cost for meetings lasting 40-minutes or less

Funeral Planning

Guide for Christian Funerals during COVID 19 – by Massachusetts Council of Churches

Loss in a Pandemic:  Funeral Planning – by the National Association of Funeral Directors

Grief and End of Life Issues – from Sister Nora Frost

Indiana Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Funeral Homes and Directors

Stewardship/Online Giving/Finances

Stewardship & Giving in the midst of COVID 19 – from the Nebraska Synod

Online & Digital Giving Options & Tools – from the Nebraska Synod

Preferred ELCA vendors

Facebook – social good– Nonprofits using Facebook’s payment platform to process donations pay no fee – 100% of the donations go to the charity.  (Please note that it will take 90 days or more for you to receive any donations given through Facebook).

The Generosity Project:  Home Supplement – This resource is intended to encourage conversation and support households in their role as God’s stewards and financial managers during this time of economic crisis and fear.

10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Giving and Stewardship Resources by Pastor Mike Ward/GSB

Key ways to Keep Stewardship Strong in Uncertain Times by Pastor Mike Ward.

Relationship and Pastoral Care

10 Guidelines for pastoral care during the coronavirus outbreak – The Christian Century

Preparing your Church for Coronavirus – A step-by-step, research-informed and faith-based planning manual from Wheaton.

Connection in the Midst of an Epidemic – from Episcopal Relief and Development

How to Start a Facebook Group

Phone Tree Options

Callfire – 25% discount for non-profits. Use their chat bot on the site to get that discount.

Call Multiplier

Ring Central 

Dial My Calls

Other Ideas

  • Consider setting a common prayer time, so folks know they are praying together even if they can’t gather in person.
  • Divide up your church membership contact list among other leaders and call everyone to check in.
  • Identify folks who need support re: grocery & supplies. Encourage sharing of supplies.
  • Send cards to those who are isolated.
  • Send notes of thanks and care to people, especially workers on the front lines and local care facilities like nursing homes and hospitals.

Faith Formation

Morning Watch KIDS! with Pastors Matt and Jesse

Moving Faith Formation Online by John Roberto

Morning Watch by Pastors Matt Canniff-Kesecker and Jesse Canniff-Kuhn

A cartoonist’s Guide to the Bible

Families with littles – by Renee Hoffman

Resources for home from Home Grown Faith

Movies – a theological discussion from Pastor Michael Jannett. Watch a movie at home and discuss online.

Leading in Crisis

Caring for Self and Others in Times of Trouble:  Some Spiritual Tips and Tools from the Harvard Divinity School website

Leading in Crisis from WayToLead

Faith-Based Response to Epidemic by Episcopal Relief and Development

How to Lead through Rapid, Unexpected Change by Carey Nieuwhof

Protecting your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak by Doreen Marshall, Ph.D.

Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety – Shine, a project from Mental Health American (MHA)

Grace Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, MN – a congregation whose website is excellent regarding how to continue to be church


Morning Watch with Pastors Matt and Jesse

Daily Meditations from Franciscan Richard Rohr

New Every Day from Lutheran Disaster Response.

For the Least of These

ELCA resource – Tips for Responding to Hunger in a Pandemic

Episcopal Diocese of NC resource – Best Practices for Food and Housing Ministries

Children, Youth, and Family

Resources for home from Home Grown Faith

Movies – a theological discussion from Pastor Michael Jannett. Watch a movie at home and discuss online.

Faith Finder Fun! – Lutheran Pastor Heather Roth Johnson (LR Alum) and her team are creating a faith at home YouTube channel entitled “Faith Finder Fun!” They will offer Monday-Friday faith videos with Backyard Monday, Treasure Tuesday, Creative Wednesday, Magic Thursday, Science Friday and Random Saturday

Talking to Children and Youth about Coronavirus

Coronavirus, Anxiety, Children and the Church – Great, practical advice from the “Building Faith” website based at Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal)

Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource– This is a comprehensive resource authored by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Helping Children with Scary News-A blog post by New York Times bestselling children’s author Sally Lloyd-Jones focused on helping children process scary news.

Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety -A guide from Children’s Hospital in Seattle with strategies to help children and teens cope with anxiety related to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Conversations from Milestones Ministry

Other Ideas

Pandemic Hope – A Family Devotional for Life during COVID-19

  • We’re using zoom for check ins. We might play a game like Scattegories that we can play where we are.
  • Assign everyone a partner to send a card in the mail. Bonus point if they make the card themselves.
  • Work online together to build the perfect distancing play list.
  • Virtual scavenger hunt. Give kids a category and then 3 minutes to find the most creative item in their house that fits the criteria. Everyone send/post a photo of it.
  • Our youth ministry staff are connecting with youth on Instagram live every day at 2 p.m. Also planning a virtual “youth group” with worship, Bible study, and activities on Mondays using Zoom.

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