With the heightened awareness and public concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as the ongoing seasonal flu virus and common cold, we thought it wise to provide our churches with some appropriate resources. Listed below is a collection of resources, responses, and events related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our prayer is that this list would serve to encourage and equip you as you lead His church.
FEC Weekly Leader’s Update Email
Every Monday afternoon, FEC is committed to sending out an update to all our leader’s with thoughts, resources, and information about leading during this confusing and difficult time. Click below to read these emails online.
We are now more than a week into emergency measures sent out from our government leaders. In fact, our president declared Sunday, March 15 to be a National Day of Prayer. I believe that every Sunday should be a “Day of Prayer.” So, I am challenging each of our churches to stand in solidarity with your FEC Brothers and Sisters in continuing to petition our Lord on behalf of our communities, nation, and world.
One of our FEC Churches recently held their service online VIA ZOOM. We think it can serve as a resource for how churches can take advantage of this technology to share both content AND COMMUNITY. Take a look and see how God might challenge your church.
With Spain in a “state of alert,” we had a discussion with the FEC Basque team about their current status. In addition, this team has been using Zoom to hold prayer meetings, staff meetings and much more. So, we asked about some practical suggestions on using this tool to connect with others.
Do you need help with online giving? We’ve partnered with PushPay to set up any FEC churches temporarily under our licesnce. Contact us today to get set up!
How should the church respond to COVID-19? FEC’s first email to leaders with resources and practical suggestions.
LifeWay publishing has put together a list of free resources to aid churches during this time.
InterVarsity provides resources and ideas to minister digitally with a special focus on students.
A Step-by-Step, research-informed and faith-based planning manual from Humanitarian Disaster Institute.
How congregations can prepare for the potential disruption and gospel opportunities.
How are we, as Christians, to respond to such a crisis? Answer: with faith not fear. We are to look into the eye of the storm and ask, “Lord, what are you wanting me to learn through this? How are you seeking to change me?”
View the latest recommendations and suggestions for Faith-Based Organizations from the Center for Disease Control.
Resources, guides, templates, and more from our partners at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many congregations have wisely chosen to suspend large gatherings to slow the transmission of the virus and to protect the most vulnerable. While this interruption to normal patterns of worship, teaching, and fellowship will strain some institutions, it also provides an opportunity for us to rediscover other spiritually nourishing practices. Thoughts from Skye Jethani.
As the situation with COVID-19 changes at a rapid pace, it’s important to continue thinking strategically and collectively about how we can serve our congregations and communities. Join the National Association of Evangelicals for a two-day digital summit on March 26 & 27, 2020 to learn from leaders around the world about how your church can respond well to the coronavirus outbreak.
RightNow Media has highlighted some content you might find helpful during the COVID-19 crisis. This includes Bible studies, family devotionals, and ideas for leading a small group online.
As the coronavirus quickly spreads across the country, many donors are unsure how to step in and help. This article provides some guidance and ideas for churches.