(source: Preparing-Your-Church-for-Coronavirus.pdf - humanitarian-disaster-institute) Scripture: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV) Prayer: God, help us listen intently for what you’re asking us to do and plan realistically for what we can accomplish Reflection: Remember what God has already done. He is still in control. Action: Reflect on Scripture Prayerfully reflect on how God might use churches in light of COVID-19. Consider how the church’s unique resources and current ministries might be used to help those in need. Also, pray for guidance about how the most vulnerable in the congregation and community might be helped. Ask God to open everyone’s eyes to ways they might help amidst concerns over COVID-19. Action: Reflect on Scripture The way the church prepares for COVID-19 should be built on a strong theological foundation. However, that a lot of churches have not connected the dots between theology and the response to COVID-19. Many churches have never preached a sermon series or hosted small group discussions about faith and public health issues. The good news is the church probably has a robust theological foundation for grappling with common problems like fear, adversity, and helping others. Use this theological understanding to help guide church planning and preparedness efforts. Action: Leverage Existing Ministries and Activities The goal is to pivot the church’s ongoing ministry efforts in new ways that address the needs created by COVID-19. Rather than starting from scratch, begin with what your church is already doing to serve others.
Identify the current ministries and activities your church is engaged in that could be used to help address the impact of the COVID-19.
Use existing communications methods and programs to instill hope in response to concerns about COVID-19.
Care for peoples’ spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and safety needs.
Consider ways your church helps bring calm and encouragement to stressful situations; comfort worries over COVID-19.
Leverage ways your church is already speaking out on behalf of the marginalized and vulnerable; ensure the fair distribution of resources so that these groups don’t fall through the cracks amidst the public health crisis at hand