This page has been established to house resources and reminders for pastors and churches to use, adapt, and pass along, as we each work to respond faithfully to COVID-19 health concerns. Resources listed here are not necessarily recommended, but offered as ideas. Please cite authors/source where appropriate, and check and cite all copyrights. Resources here compiled starting March 15, 2020. 

Here are a few good reminders for pastors and churches to start with in this season. See the Key Resource Links and COVID-19 Shared Resource List to the right for more resources, best practices, and links. 



Accept Adaptation and Prepare for the Long Haul

This is an unusual and profound health season for our church to do ministry within. Take seriously the health and government warnings in your context and more widely for our nation/world. Accept that this will change your work and the needs in our church and community likely for some time. Remind your staff/leaders that we in the church make decisions out of care, faith, and wisdom, never out of anxiety or fear. Take time for your own preparation and prayer so that you can help support those around you in the church and outside of it, from a place of hope and preparedness. Gently but firmly remind those who do not see this as a "big deal" that this is a unique time and we have to adapt to respond to it faithfully.


Lead With Both Hope and Lament

"Normal life" will most likely be drastically different for most people for several months and will probably have many long-term effects on people and our systems as well; consider how to strategically hold a posture of hope, lament, and self-care for the long haul within this reality. While we always preach the hope of the Gospel, and work to model a theology of trust and prayer, we must make room for uncertainty, questions, anxiety, and grief as they will regularly surface and require an honest and pastoral response. Lament and fear are going to be companions for this season as well, around loss of expectations, finances, celebrations, connection, health, etc. Start these conversations, gather resources, learn with other pastors online - do whatever creative leadership you can in this season intentionally, in front of the needs, instead of waiting for the need for hope and lament to arise.  


Care For the Most Vulnerable/Front Line Responders

These health concerns we are learning are most serious for those who are older, are immuno-compromised or have pre-existing conditions, or those who are without health care, sanitation, housing, regular food and child-care, etc. This crisis also deeply impacts the finances and well-being of those who work hourly, those who are medical providers or chaplains, and those who are isolated, single parents, within at-risk or under-resourced communities, in prison or jail, etc. Consider how your church can respond and care for those most vulnerable - by limiting/ending gatherings, providing access to food and support, fundraising for resources, collecting donations, advocating for oversight in our systems, and through prayer. Partner with others in your context and see what new ideas others have come up with to provide care within new social norms/distances.


Reject and Subvert Racism

Racist assumptions, fear, and loss of business is already impacting many Chinese-Americans, Asian-Americans, and others for whom this health scare deepens racial injustice. Intentionally reject these assumptions and behaviors; purchase from Asian-American businesses and other small and locally owned stores and restaurants when you can, reach out to families who may be impacted in your community, and notice where immigration or other national policies may intersect with the increased bans on travel, access to services, resources and citizenship, etc.


Stay Away AND Creatively Reach Out

Many cities and locations are responding daily in new ways to try to halt the spread of COVID-19. Take seriously the need to close buildings, cancel events, engage in social distancing, and get creative about how to still "reach out and touch someone." Start a phone tree, a new facebook group, or email groups within your church. Try out new tech, like Zoom calls, livestreams for worship, or group chats to check in on folks. Consider how to facilitate online giving options at your church, share home-based worship practices or downloadable resources, and ask tech saavy or creative content folks to help think of new ideas that fit your context.


Monitor Official Updates and Stay Healthy

Check updates from your city, county, state, CDC, Johns Hopkins, and reputable sources to stay on top of what you and your community should be doing to respect and slow the spread of COVID-19. While precautions taken ahead of a crisis can feel alarmist, working to fix a pandemic after the fact will often result in too little, too late. Do all you can to stay healthy, wash hands, encourage high sanitation and cleaning in public spaces, self-quarantine if needed, etc. Encourage those you know to do this as well, including limiting travel and regular ministry tasks, as part of both personal care and also holding community health concerns seriously. Read the updates around the public/common health focus that the US is now already in, which is to “flatten the curve” for the whole medical system - public health impacts everyone and every facet of health for the long term.


Pray Regularly

Consider what people, communities, and needs you and your church can regularly cover in prayer in this season. Maybe each day of the week focus on a specific topic/population to pray for. Prayer is part of how we battle and focus on hope as a Body - especially in a season where fear, uncertainty, grief and scarcity are at work. Pray against anxiety, discouragement, and physical and spiritual sickness. Pray for leaders, first responders, the creatives and worshippers who often lead us, and for the spiritual health of our nation.


This is a google spreadsheet for the Ministerium to use and add to. It is a dynamic list that anyone can enter ideas into, or that you can search and find resources to use. Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas and creativity to better resource and support best practices throughout the church in this season.  LINK



  • Asian American Christian Collaborative Statement on Anti-Asian Racism in the Time of Covid-19: LINK
  • Raymond Chang with Mark Labberton: Why I signed the (AACC) Statement: VIDEO
  • "Calling coronovirus "Chinese Virus" Instigates Blame...", Eugene Cho: ARTICLE
  • STOP AAPI HATE Reporting Center: LINK
  • The Coronavirus is Exposing Our Racial Divides, Ibram X. Kendi: ARTICLE
  • The Covid Tracking Project (Race & Ethnicity)- Research: LINK
  • COVID-19 in Racial & Ethnic Minority Groups, Center for Disease Control (CDC): LINK
  • COVID-19: Health Equity Resources (American Medical Association): LINK
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Health Forum's Open Source Google Doc- multiple languages- LINK
  • National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Covid Info &Resources: LINK
  • Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) COVID-19 Resources: LINK
  • Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Resources & Accretitation Updates: LINK
  • COVID-19 Chaplancy Resources from Chaplancy Innovation Lab (via Harvard Divinity): LINK
  • (LMDJ REPOST) : COVID & Domestic Violence Podcast fest. Rev. Ramilia Williams & Dr. Elizabeth Pierre: LINK
  • (LMDJ REPOST): Domestic Violence Hotline Article about Staying Safe during COVID-19: LINK
  • (LMDJ REPOST): Preventing Child Sexual Abuse During COVID-19: LINK
  • COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Immigrants (Recursos Para Comunidades Indocumentadas) from Undocuscholars: LINK
  • COVID-19 Legal Resources & Know Your Rights for Immigrants: National Immigrant Justice Center: LINK
  • Resources for Immigrants During the COVID-19 Crisis, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights: LINK
  • Open Letter to ICE from Medical Professionals Urging Release of Individuals in Detention due to Covid-19 (via National Association of Independent Schools): LINK
  • Podcast: "Covering the Covid-19 Basics" (Native/ Indigineous Communities), Native America Calling April 20, 2020: LINK

Theological Reflection/ Worship

  • 100 Ideas for Pastors and Ministry Leaders: LINK
  • Calvin Institute of Worship COVID-19 RESOURCES: LINK
  • COVID-19 Wheaton College Resources: LINK
  • Samuel Dewitt Procter Conference Resources for Coronavirus: LINK
  • From Harvard Divinity School:
    • "10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care during the Coronavirus Outbreak" by Eileen Campell-Reed, Union Theological Seminary: LINK
    • "The Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief", Harvard Business Review: LINK
    • .....More From Harvard Divinity School
  • From Yale Divinity School:
    • "Be Strong and Courageous-Facing the Challenges of Pastoral Care in a Time of Social Distancing", Interfaith Center of New York. April 8: VIDEO
    • "Imagining a Shared Economy: An Interview with Willie Jennings", Reflections Magazine, Spring 2020: ARTICLE
    • "The Hell of Holy Saturday", Shelly Rambo Christian Century April 7, 2020: ARTICLE
    • .....more from Yale Divinity School
  • From Duke Divinity School:
    • "Offering Hope and Help", David Emmanuel Goatley, director of Black Church Studies, Duke Divintiy School: ARTICLE
    • "Life on the Other Side of Easter", Luke Powery, Professor, Duke Divinity School: ARTICLE
    • "Being a Resurrection People in a Time of Death, Professor Valerie Cooper, Duke Divinity School: ARTICLE
    • .....more from Duke Divinity School
  • "Black Skin, White Masks: Racism, Vulnerability & Refuting Black Pathology", Ruha Benjamin Princeton University: ARTICLE
  • 7 Last Words: Riverside Church: LINK
  • 7 Last Words: Truth's Table Podcast: LINK
  • COVID-19 Church Online Summit, Humanitarian Disaster Institute (Feat. Eugene Cho, Brenda Salter McNeil): LINK


  • Evangelical Covenant Church Offices (General, MDD, SG, LMDJ): LINK
  • Evangelical Covenant Church Financial Relief Initiative: LINK
  • Evangelical Coveanant Church- East Coast Conference: LINK
  • Crowd Source Open Document from Jeannie Hou/ Kellie Chan via Drew Hyun (Hope ECC, East Coast Conference): LINK
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA): LINK
  • Christian Reformed Church (CRC): LINK
  • Presbyterian Church USA: LINK
  • National Baptist Convention: LINK
  • Converge: LINK
  • United Church of Christ: LINK
  • African Methodist Episcapal: LINK
  • United Methodist Church: > LINK
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: LINK
  • Vineyard USA: LINK

Other Resources:

  • Applying for PPP: LINK
  • Unemployment Benefits for Self-Employed Workers: LINK