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NYC Mayor: Houses of Worship That Defy Directives May Be Closed Permanently

Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that law enforcement would “disperse” any large worship services and, if necessary, “take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently.”

Emergency Hospital Erected by Samaritan’s Purse in Central Park

In a matter of four days, Samaritan's Purse erected an emergency hospital in New York City's Central Park. The unit is entirely self-sufficient and Samaritan's Purse has brought in contracted medical professionals to staff the unit.

Local Churches Park and Pray to Support Medical Staff

Numerous stories are popping up throughout the country about church and community members gathering in the parking lots of their local hospitals to pray for medical staff.

Helping Kids Stay Calm During the Pandemic

Here are some practical steps parents and church leaders can take for helping kids stay calm during the turmoil the pandemic is causing.

Pastor Arrested for Holding Church in Defiance of Directive

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne, who leads a megachurch in Tampa, Florida, was arrested Monday for refusing to cancel services in compliance with a local government directive telling people to stay at home except for essential needs.

300 Exposed to Virus Via Prayer Gathering, One Pastor Dies

Among those attendees infected by the virus are guest speaker and evangelist Angus Buchan, two politicians, and an elderly pastor who has since died.

10 Ways To Help You Live Normal When Life Is Not Normal

How do you live normal when life is not normal? Whether you are a church leader, a parent leading your family, or leading in the business arena, we all need to lean into what helps us think and live healthily so we can better care for and lead others.

Technology for High School Small Groups When You Can’t Meet In-Person

These are written for youth leaders who may not have used these tools for high school small groups before, but keep in mind that your high school students are probably using all of them for school now.

What Church Leaders Need to Know About the CARES Act

$350 billion is a lot of money but can’t help all of America’s 5.8 million small businesses. Sutton Turner of Vanderbloemen urges churches and nonprofits to prepare their applications quickly, before funds run out.

The Church Guide to Coronavirus

Our hope and prayer is that The Church Guide to Coronavirus can help your church develop healthy practices to keep your church attenders safe and to rise up valiantly in these days. The Church Guide to Coronavirus is here to help your church prepare for the potential disruption and gospel opportunities.

Church Relieves People of $1M in Medical Debt Amid Global Crisis

In the middle of a global pandemic and an economic downturn, Covenant Presbyterian Church is purchasing $10 million of medical debt for people in the Austin area. 

How Pastors Should Talk About Giving in the Current Crisis

We are in “an opportunity season to find new, creative ways to be generous,” says Brad Formsma. There are plenty of ways pastors can encourage churchgoers to be generous, even if they don't have money to give.

Hundreds Pray for Couple’s Frightening Coronavirus Journey

When both his parents were hospitalized, Young Life leader Tyler Olen Marcus reached out to his friends on Facebook to pray for their recovery from coronavirus. More than 800 people commented that they were joining with Tyler's family for the much-needed miracle.

WATCH: Cell Phone Choir Performs ‘It Is Well With My Soul’

When studio singers from the Nashville area are stuck under a "safer at home" order, they get creative. Check out this amazing version of 'It Is Well With My Soul' performed by a cell phone choir!

Answering Kids’ Questions About Why God Allows Things Like Pandemics

It's important to prepare yourself to have conversations with children about what is happening so you're prepared for answering kids' questions. One of the questions you may be called upon to answer is WHY is God allowing this to happen?

Pastor Has a Warning As 37 Infected at AR Church See First Death

Pastor Mark Palenske and his wife, Dena, are among at least 37 people connected with Greers Ferry First Assembly of God who have tested positive for Covid-19. One man from that group, an elderly greeter at the church, just passed away.

Ravi Zacharias Answers: What Good Is Prayer Right Now?

In his first interview since his cancer diagnosis, Ravi Zacharias discusses the role of prayer in these troubled times on the Ben Shapiro Show. “Prayer...helps us become better citizens and better people in community to understand and help those who are going through a tough time.”

A Shining Example of Pastoral Ministry During the Yellow Fever Epidemic

In the midst of the current worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, an account about the pastoral ministry of B.M. Palmer in the midst of a yellow fever epidemic came to mind. Yellow fever is extremely contagious and far more deadly than Covid-19.

Save the Date: Global Day of Prayer and Fasting March 29

The World Evangelical Alliance has called for March 29th to be a day dedicated to prayer and fasting throughout the world. Here's what you need to know.

Francis Chan: People Need to Know Why We Have No Fear of Death

Christians should not allow fear to rob them of love, joy or peace, says Francis Chan. In fact, because of what Jesus has done for us, we can have no fear of anything, not even death. 

In Small-Town Illinois, a Little Church Says Goodbye

For 156 years, church members at First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois, gathered to sing hymns, study the Bible and lift each other in prayer. They also ate barbecue, laughed, cried, reached out to their neighbors and cared for one another. But nothing lasts forever.

Digital Expert Brad Hill Shares With Ed Stetzer What ‘Spiritually Open’...

Brad Hill joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to explain just how valuable a resource the internet can be for pastors and why digital ministry is not merely an on-ramp to get people into church.

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