COVID-19 PANDEMIC—THEOLOGY, LEADERSHIP AND MINISTRY

Listed below are downloadable documents and links to articles providing guidance to leaders and congregations. Please check back for new information which is added to the top of each section.

Documents

Message from Temporary Executive Rev. David Oyler—September 1, 2020

Every church session has been asking the question: “How do we provide for spiritual nourishment and spiritual growth in these times of COVID-19 for both youth and adults?” Every church is different, but here are a few ideas that may spur your imagination.

Download Spiritual Formation Fall 2020

Re-Opening Your Church Office

Fact Sheet provided by Insurance Board

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Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return

By Cindy Kohlman, co-moderator of General Assembly, PC(USA)

Download the Document

Beaver-Butler Presbytery Temporary Assistance Program (TAP)

Download Temporary Assistance Program Introduction Letter

Temporary Assistance Program Application Form

Summary of Cares Act Provisions by Church Alliance

Summarizes provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“the CARES Act”)

Download the Summary

COVID-19 Resource Report #1

A list of resources with vetted information from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)—March 26

Download Report

Responding to a Shortfall in Revenue During the Coronavirus Crisis 

Advice from Jon Moore, Mission Engagement Advisor of Presbytery Mission Agency

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Church Ambassador Network Letter, March 24, 2020 

A letter resulting from a conversation between Church Ambassador Network and Dr. Levine, PA Secretary of Health providing answers to many questions concerning churches gathering and serving during the epidemic. It includes helpful CDC links.

Download Question and Answer with PA Secretary of Health

For Pastors During the Virus Crisis

Ideas and resources for ministering to those in need of spiritual and psychological care from Rev. N. Graham Standish of Samaritan Counseling

Download Resources for Pastors Ministering During the Virus Crisis, Revised

Download Resources for Pastors Ministering During the Virus Crisis

Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, PA Pandemic Action Plan

Good insights for congregations making decisions in an ever changing landscape.

Download Action Plan

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Guidance for Congregations

How to response to a severe infectious disease outbreak.

Download Guide

The Movable Feast

Worship model for congregations scattered in different places.

Download Model

Links

The Scattered Church

Resources from PC(USA)’s Office of Theology, Formation, and Evangelism which include “Quicksheets”, Videos, Zoom Conversations, and Funding Sources

The Scattered Church Webpage

Resources from Presbyterian Outlook

Prayers, Services of Remembrance, Orders of Worship, Family Faith Formation at Home, Christian Education at Home

Resource Webpage

Does the Church Dare to Move Forward?

Article by Donna Frischknecht Jackson who says “I don’t want to return to ‘normal’”

April 24 Presbyterians Today Article

Returning to Church – Ministry during the COVID-19 outbreak

Released April 23, 2020 by Wisconsin Council of Churches outlines three phases

Wisconsin Council of Churches Website 

24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return

By Ken Braddy

April 18, 2020 Blog Entry

An Overview of the CARES Act for Churches

Key highlights from the government’s $2.2 trillion stimulus plan by Richard R. Hammer, Attorney, CPA

Christianity Today Webpage

Live Streaming Information, Resources and Guidelines

Presbyterian Mission PC(USA)

Presbyterian Outlook: Theological Reflection in the Midst of Uncertainty

A Theology of Leadership during Crisis

Synod of the Trinity Website

Pandemic Response Page

Donegal Presbytery Website

COVID-19 Response Page

Other Material

Presbyterian Outlook Magazine

Wonderful articles, including theological reflection, prayers, etc