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70% of Churches Are Growing: The COVID-19 Awakening

Something special is happening here in Britain. Similar reports are coming in from around the world.  I never imagined I would be able to type the next sentence: Since lock down 1 in 4 British people have attended an online service. Is this an awakening?
Civil Magistrate

COVID, Christians, and the Civil Magistrate

Rather than attempt to speak directly on the virus itself, what I would like to attempt to address is the way in which Christians respond to the ever-changing information and directives, especially those coming from the civil magistrate.
Sunday school

5 Things COVID-19 Is Teaching Us About Sunday School

It may seem hard to fathom, but a microscopic virus is doing some good things in the church’s most important ministry – Sunday school.
church leaders

Church Leaders: Survivor, Reviver or Improvisor; Which Are You?

If you are a church leader the number one question right now is, “When and how do we resume in-person meetings?” As we enter this new phase of the coronavirus I see three distinct categories among church leaders. 
Joshua

3 Helpful Factors From Joshua for Leading Your Church Out of Crisis and Into...

Movement requires a decision. The decisions Joshua determined the promises He’d experience. Joshua decided to partner with God. Joshua allowed God to use the time in-between the past and the promise.
10-minute homily

Will the 10 Minute Homily Be the New Normal?

I’m hearing parents say how delighted they are to see their children actually listening to the sermon because it’s short enough to hold their attention. The idea of a brief Protestant homily has suddenly not only become possible, but for many churchgoers, a desirable option.
Church's Mask Policy

8 Steps to Successfully Communicate Your Church’s Mask Policy

Senior Pastor Crawford Lorrits’ Fellowship Bible Church’s re-opening service in Roswell, GA provided 8 great keys to communicating your church's mask policy.
covid-19 spike

Five Lessons I Learned from a Covid-19 Spike at Our Church

For the first three months of the Covid-19 outbreak, our church family of about 1,500 only experienced a handful of coronavirus cases. As far as we know, none of those cases were spread at one of our events. Two weeks ago, that all changed with a Covid-19 spike.
Andrew Wommack

Andrew Wommack Ministries Issued Cease and Desist Order

“In light of the fact that protests with thousands had been permitted and even encouraged, and retail stores were allowed unlimited numbers in their stores without near the safety measures we employed, I felt completely justified in what I was doing,” Andrew Wommack wrote. 
share the peace

What We Do When We Share the Peace

Unity is much easier to signify and remember when we share the Peace on Sunday morning. But during “Coronatide,” and any other time we find ourselves physically distanced from one another, it is much more difficult to hold this unity in our minds and hearts.
digital discipleship

Churches Will Gather Again, But Digital Discipleship Is Here to Stay

If we can move from merely hosting digital versions of live church services into a new era of digital discipleship, faith leaders can successfully grow their congregations and foster lasting spiritual change.
Dream City Church

Dream City Church That Hosted Trump Rally Backtracks on Safety Claim

After receiving widespread criticism, Arizona megachurch Dream City Church and the maker of an air-filtration system the church is using both walked back claims about preventing the spread of Covid-19.
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When Should Small Groups Meet in Person?

The issue of COVID-19 has not been solved. In fact, several states are now reporting more cases of Coronavirus than ever before. Just when you thought it was safe for groups to meet in person, the pandemic seems to be flaring up again in many places.
What Do Virtual Worship Leaders Do in the COVID-19 World?

What Do Virtual Worship Leaders Do in the COVID-19 World?

I had ten fresh thoughts on how virtual worship leaders can lead well in this season when there aren’t really “worship services” to lead.
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Honoring 8 Church Leaders Who Have Died From Covid-19

Among the 1,000 mothers and fathers, grandparents, mentors, inventors, accomplished artists, and more honored in Memorial weekend's New York Times front page obituary were these men: church leaders who have died from Covid-19 in the last few months.
How to Pray for Your Pastor During Lockdown

How to Pray for Your Pastor During Lockdown

Of course, this global lockdown affects us all differently. We live under widely varying regulations in different countries or even in different counties within the same country. But there are some things you can pray for your pastor—regardless of his circumstance.
Douala

Pastor Who Laid Hands on Sick Followers Dies of Virus

Pastor Franklin Ndifor from Douala, Cameroon, died less than a week after being diagnosed with COVID-19. The pastor had been praying for and laying hands on followers who were sick, some with the coronavirus.
Butte County

180 Churchgoers Exposed to COVID-19 by Asymptomatic Member

“I would never with knowledge put anyone in [harm’s] way,” Pastor Jacobsen writes. “I am fully aware that some people may not understand that it is essential for our church to be together in community.”
reopening your church

Essential Guide to Reopening Your Church Post-COVID-19

As you pursue reopening your church, we desire to help your church navigate into this “new normal” in a manner that will strengthen your ministry impact. This Essential Guide to Reopening Your Church Post-COVID-19 provides resources to help you prayerfully do just that.
Louisiana Governor

Tony Spell: Church Will Comply With Orders When ‘they sell popsicles in hell’

While Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has moved the state into phase one of its reopening strategy, allowing churches to operate at 25% of their capacity, Pastor Tony Spell is digging in his heels.
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UMC Edges Toward Historic Split Over LGBTQ Inclusion. This Church Showed...

United Methodists' debate over sexuality did not begin with the ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ ordination the denomination’s global decision-making body reaffirmed at its 2019 special session. It started in 1972.

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“I like to frame up the conversation about racial reconciliation with just reconciliation," says Dr. Doug Logan, Jr., "because that's what we've been given.”