COVID-19 and the Church

Resources to Minister Effectively During the Global Pandemic

As state and local governments adjust guidelines for re-opening our society, churches should continue to plan strategically in ways that keep our houses of worship safe, secure, and welcoming. This is especially important in light of the new Delta variant of the virus. This webpage features links to helpful resources that get the conversation started – and keep your vital ministries going.

  • A good start: Watch the video “Better Together” below.
  • Then, download the MBC’s conversation guide.
  • And check in for updates on the Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief response.
  • At any time, you may access an of older archive but still helpful resources.


The COVID-19 global pandemic has become a platform for displaying the full power of the Cooperative Program as Southern Baptists live out the mission of God.

Practical Conversation Guide

As federal, state, and local guidelines continue to change, it is imperative to understand that the world has changed significantly. The church has changed, as well, with respect to how we worship, equip, and, above all, make disciples.

As government “orders” were peeled back like layers of an onion, so implementation strategies for returning to public gatherings,
church events, and public worship will experience a “rolling out” of guidelines. Some states should anticipate different guidelines county by county.

It is critical for churches to begin preparing now for the return of on-campus activities. A plan should include several dynamics including spiritual, leadership, and personal goals.