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The Church Guide to Coronavirus

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The Church Guide to Coronavirus is here to help your church prepare for the potential disruption and gospel opportunities.

As COVID-19 (the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) continues to spread outside of the epicenter in China, churches would be wise to have a Coronavirus Response Operating Procedure in place. This is why churchleaders.com, SermonCentral.com, OutreachMagazine.com (under the umbrella of Outreach.com) have created The Church Guide to Coronavirus.

It is no understatement to say that the church faces a great challenge in the recent outbreak of COVID-19. First reported in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019, the coronavirus has shut down cities in Iran, Italy, South Korea, and the Philippines and is currently spreading in the United States. The virus has made an impact on our world from international travel to the global markets. Businesses and industries are experiencing declining attendance, customers, and revenue. The church will not be immune from these impacts.

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The threat of a pandemic also creates an opportunity for the church. People will be more open to the gospel than ever before. Will your church be ready to provide services, to speak hope, to trust in God heroically? Or will your church shrink back in fear and self-protection? 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.

To share ideas with other churches and receive immediate updates, join the Church and Coronavirus Facebook Group today.


If your church has not created a Coronavirus Response Operating Procedure, now is the time to do that. And this Church Guide to Coronavirus can help.

Share The Church Guide to Coronavirus with your church leaders. And consider these CDC recommendations as you create your plan:

Ensure the plan is flexible and involves your church leadership and staff in developing and reviewing your plan.

Conduct a focused discussion or exercise using your plan, to find out ahead of time whether the plan has gaps or problems that need to be corrected.

• Share your plan with church staff and leadership.

• Share best practices with other churches to improve community response efforts.

• Review the CDC’s guidance for businesses and employers.

Keep reading this Church Guide to Coronavirus to discover four possible disruptions.