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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.

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?

Sign Up For Our Free Webinar Series

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COVID-19 Church Weekly Webinar Series

Hosted by Jamie Aten, PhD. and Kent Annan, MDiv.
Webinar every Friday at noon, CST

In partnership with the National Association of Evangelicals 

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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's Book: Alisa & the Coronavirus

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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.

Access the COVID-19 Church Online Summit

COVID-19 Church Online Summit

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.


White Church vector illustrationIs Your Church Ready for the Coronavirus?
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Psychology Today
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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.