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Coronavirus Resources for the Church

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HDI tools to help your church faithfully prepare, not fearfully panic.

This is a dedicated resource page to help churches better prepare for responding to the coronavirus and what it may bring in the future. This page will be regularly updated with essential tools, resources, and information as this public health crisis unfolds.

COVID-19 6-Month Impact Report

Over the past 6 months, HDI has reached over 603 million people and trained 29,620 people around the globe. We recently released a new six-month report detailing the impact of our COVID-19 response, which began nearly two weeks before the declaration of the global pandemic on March 11, 2020.

Download Our Manual & Planning Template

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To help your church plan and prepare for the impact of COVID-19, we have created this practical, 28-page manual, Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Step-by-Step, Research-Informed and Faith-Based Planning Manual. 

With biblical wisdom, research insights, and quick, actionable steps, this manual equips all traditions and denominations with a 6-step guide for addressing the coronavirus challenges. After downloading, you can edit and save directly in the manual as you prepare your plan.

You can also download the Coronavirus Church Planning Template.

See below for translated & adapted editions.

En Español: Preparando a su iglesia para el Coronavirus

En Français: Préparer votre Église face au Coronavirus

Adapted for Canadian churches: Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus Canada

In Traditional Chinese: 整備你的教會 來應對新冠肺 炎

In Simplified Chinese: 整备你的教会 来应对新冠肺 炎

Adapted for Southern Baptist Convention/Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus - ERLC

Adapted for Southern Baptist Convention/Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission - En Español: Preparando a su iglesia para el Coronavirus - ERLC

"Choices You Can Make to Stay Emotionally Healthy" Handout - Auf Deutsch: Was können wir tun, um emotional gesund zu bleiben?

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Mental Health Handbook

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Our new Mental Health Handbook covers a range of topics that live at the intersection of COVID-19 and mental health. This 195-page resource brings to attention the myriad mental health needs COVID-19 has brought to the surface while also suggesting ways to cope, move forward, and become more resilient. Explore some of the most important and recent research and insights from great researchers around the world.

Studying During the Pandemic: A Guide for Christian College Students

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As students across the country return to the classroom this week both virtually and in person, our latest guide geared toward Christian college students provides detailed, practical suggestions for learning during the pandemic.

Returning to Teaching During COVID-19: A Guide for Christian College Professors

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This brief ebook shares lessons learned by the Humanitarian Disaster Institute faculty and staff and M.A. in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership students from Wheaton College who participated in one of the first on-campus college classes to be taught in the U.S. during this new school year as a week-long intensive dual modality course.

The Black Church in Action Against Racism During COVID-19

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As our country faces both a global pandemic and racial unrest, the importance of the Black Church as a catalyst for social change has never been greater.

Our new guide, "The Black Church in Action Against Racism and COVID-19: A Practical and Biblical Guide to Prophetic Ministry While Protecting Health" (created in partnership with Healthcare Ready and World Impact, Inc.) offers practical ways for church leaders, particularly Black church leaders, to respond to systemic vulnerabilities, become collective agents of change, develop productive partnerships, and not get weary in well-doing while also protecting health during COVID-19.

Deciding When & How You Should Return to Church In Person

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Churches across the country are deciding when and how to restart in-person gatherings. Just as leaders have been wrestling with the questions of when and how to go back to church safely, individuals also need to answer these questions personally. Our new manual will help you make a faithful, well-informed decision for you and your family during COVID-19.

You can also download one-page decision tools for individuals and churches and a Checklist for Church Members Returning to In-Person Services

Guide to Reopening Church Services

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There are no one-size-fits-all prescriptions when it comes to reopening church buildings; every church has its own unique context that needs to be considered. That’s why we’ve developed a new manual, "Guide to Reopening Church Services: A Step-by-Step, Biblically-Based and Research-Based Approach to Resuming In-Person Ministries."

Download it free at reopeningthechurch.com, our new website in partnership with the National Association of Evangelicals.

Introducing Spiritual First Aid

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Spiritual First Aid is the first disaster spiritual and emotional care intervention to have been built from the ground up using both biblical wisdom and evidence-informed psychological insights gained from years of scientific study.

This manual will equip you to use Spiritual First Aid’s easy-to-use BLESS Method, which takes the “guesswork” out of providing disaster, spiritual, and emotional care remotely and while staying at home.

It's available to download now at spiritualfirstaidhub.com, our new resource website with tip sheets, manuals, handouts, books, research, and more to help you provide spiritual and emotional care amidst COVID-19.

Access the Spiritual First Aid Online Summit

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HDI partnered with Food for the Hungry, NavPress, and Outreach, Inc. to present the Spiritual First Aid Online Summit. It's not too late to register to hear from dynamic speakers, receive free tools, and learn about other catalytic initiatives designed to activate and support your church (and you as a leader) in providing spiritual, physical, and emotional care in response to COVID-19.

Children & Family Resources

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This children's book, written by Gena L. Thomas with her four-year-old daughter Juniper, is designed to spur conversation between parents and children about coronavirus and its impact on our daily lives. Each page includes a reflection question and a drawing challenge to complete.

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To help parents and leaders understand the unique perspectives of the younger generation, we’ve put together this toolkit with articles, books, tip sheets and more to help you understand what your kids are going through and give you ideas about how to connect with them.

Devotional: When Your Whole World Changes – COVID-19 Special Edition

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HDI partnered with Biblica to create this new devotional to help people deal with the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic, available now in 31 languages.

YouVersion Reading Plan: Spiritual First Aid

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Our 7-day YouVersion reading plan introduces the BLESS method, a biblical- and evidence-based resource to help care for ourselves and others experiencing a crisis. BLESS (which stands for Belonging, Livelihood, Emotional, Safety, and Spiritual needs) helps us be attuned and offer humble help.

Access the COVID-19 Church Online Summit

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It's not too late to access the COVID-19 Church Online Summit from HDI & the National Association of Evangelicals.

hashtagUse #covid19church to share how your church is preparing, any questions you have about how to prepare, and to connect with other church leaders.


 

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  • A Concise Coronavirus Guide for Churches: A free, simple digital guide from Christianity Today, Church Law & Tax, and CTPastors helping pastors and church leaders with the theological, ecclesial, and managerial considerations to make in response to the outbreak. 
  • Keep up with the latest news and perspectives regarding the coronavirus outbreak through Christianity Today.
  • Get help with policies and procedures best-suited to help your church manage risks with viral outbreaks. This free article from Church Law & Tax will help you and your leaders start making informed decisions, both about modifying or cancelling worship services and gatherings and about modifying work schedules and duties or closing the church office.
  • Ed Stetzer’s The Exchange has published a series of articles on how churches can respond to coronavirus, including advice from the Surgeon General, a challenge for a Christ-centered response, and a missiological response.