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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.
meet in person

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.
died from covid-19

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.
choirs

This Is Why Choirs Might Need to Stay Silent for a While

A CDC study on a chorale group in Washington state where an alarming 87% of members became sick and two died after two rehearsals holds a cautionary tale for churches hoping to restart their choirs.
anti-Christ

Not All Christians Believe Bill Gates Is the Anti-Christ (and Other End-Time Theories)

Christians are definitely drawn to doomsday theories because a central teaching in the Bible is that Christ will someday return to Earth in a doomsday setting. However, not all Christians believe Bill Gates is the anti-Christ.
samaritan's purse

Sign of Hope: Central Park Field Hospital to Close in 2 Weeks

Samaritan’s Purse is preparing to close its field hospital in New York City’s Central Park. The field unit has treated 315 patients so far and won't be admitting anymore.
protecting children

GRACE: How to Protect Children from Abuse During the Crisis

GRACE panelists offer specific, practical advice for church leaders on how to go about protecting children and others vulnerable to abuse during the global pandemic.
god's wrath

J.D. Greear Answers: Is the Virus a Judgment from God?

Is the coronavirus a result of God’s wrath against individuals or nations? Is it ever valid to see the virus as a judgment from God?
VBS 2020

Children’s Ministers Determined to Make VBS Happen This Year

Churches consider virtual VBS, neighborhood VBS, and delayed in-person VBS as they plan for one of their biggest evangelism events of the year in the midst of a pandemic.
Daniel Cameron

Kentucky AG Has ‘faith’ in Church Leaders to Resume Church at the Right Time

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is threatening a lawsuit against Governor Andy Beshear over the ban on mass gatherings, including church services. Cameron calls the ban on churches unfair when other institutions are allowed to stay open.
reopen your church

The Things You Need to Think About Before You Reopen Your Church

As churches plan for reopening their buildings, one Texas pastor believes communicating your cleaning policies is going to take on more importance than communicating the theme of your next sermon series. 
beyond our walls

20 Churches, TN Governor Get Together for Drive-In Service

Pastors with more than 20 local churches in Tennessee held a drive-in service last Sunday called Beyond Our Walls. Hundreds attended the event, including Governor Bill Lee. 
justin welby

Justin Welby: There Are ‘wonderful’ Things Emerging From This ‘very dark time’

Though he describes COVID-19 as “unmitigated evil,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says the locked-down church is experiencing renewal and “making a huge impact.”
Nick Hall

100,000+ Salvations Linked to ‘Great Quarantine Revival’

Nick Hall and the Pulse team say they have received over 100,000 responses to an invitation to accept Christ given during two virtual events the ministry facilitated over Holy Week.
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North Point Church ‘Cannot Guarantee’ Safety, Won’t Reopen This Year

North Point Church Pastor Andy Stanley said the decision was made based on the uptick of COVID-19 cases in the area, the results of attendee surveys, and the experiences of similar-sized churches that have already reopened.

New Podcasts

Jeff Reed: Actually, Digital Church Is All About Relationships

You might think of digital church as being impersonal. But Jeff Reed says, "The strength of online church is relationships."