CSBC COVID-19 Resources

CSBC COVID-19 Resources

Helpful Regathering Resources :A 10-Step Guide for Reopening Your Church (by ChurchWest Insurance Services, a CSBC partner); CDC - Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith; COVID-19 Guidance: Places of Worship (CA)

Please use the resources listed to help move your church forward during this crisis. This listing is a compilation of resources and not necessarily and endorsement.

The resources are grouped by:

  • General Resources
  • CARES Act
  • Streaming Worship Service Resources
  • Online Giving Resources
  • Human Resources & Compliance Briefings
  • SBC Entity Resources
  • News Resources

Please check periodically for additional resources.

Resources to Help Churches Through COVID-19

General Resources

September 30-October 6

3 Ways to Reach Non-religious People in Your Community (Facts & Trends) September 30, 2020

4 Truths for Shepherding Through Difficult Times from Psalm 23 (Facts & Trends) September 29, 2020

4 Principles for Welcoming church Guests in the Covid Age (Facts & Trends) September 28, 2020

3 Ways Your Church Might be Burying the Gospel (Facts & Trends) September 25, 2020

September 2020

Live Prayer Focus: Disaster Relief Update (Join - Facebook Live Event; 9 a.m. Thursday, September 24, 2020)

Not So Unprecedented Times: What We Can Learn from the Spanish Flu Church (Facts & Trends) September 17, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: SoCal Baptist Ministries (CSBC Facebook Live Event) September 17, 2020

3 Ways to Tell if Physically Absent Church Members are Still Spiritually Engaged (Facts & Trends), September 15, 2020

5 Distractions Pastors Must Avoid Right Now (Facts & Trends) September 14, 2020

3 Strategies for Keeping Your Church Connected During COVID (Facts & Trends) September 4, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: Worship Music During COVID (CSBC Video begins at 2:30) (CSBC) September 3, 2020

How to Preach When Your Congregation is Online and In-Person (Facts & Trends) September 2, 2020

5 Ways to Multiply Disciple-Making During a Pandemic (Facts & Trends), September 1, 2020

August 2020

7 Coping Strategies for Virtual Ministry Exhaustion (Facts & Trends), August 31, 2020

Five Types of Church Members Who Will Not Return after the Quarantine (Church Answers - Thom Rainer Blog), August 28, 2020 (originally posted on August 9, 2020)

Live Prayer Focus: California on Fire on Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 9 a.m. (CSBC)

4 Steps to Shepherding Your Church Through Community Engagement (Facts & Trends), August 26, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: California on Fire (CSBC Facebook Live event on Thursday, August 27)

5 Groups of People Your Church Must Re-engage (Facts & Trends) August 24, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: International Missions in COVID-19 on Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 9 a.m. (CSBC)

A Simple Tool to Help Churches Make COVID-19 Safety Decisions (Facts & Trends), August 18, 2020

How Churchgoers Want Their Church to Operate During COVID-19 (Facts & Trends), August 17, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: The Future of California Baptist Associations (Facebook Live Recording), August 13, 2020

5 Trends of Proactive Small Groups in the COVID Era (Facts & Trends), August 13, 2020

4 Ways to Approach Missions in a Pandemic (Facts & Trends), August 12, 2020

5 COVID-19 Problems That Worsened for Pastors This Summer (Facts & Trends), August 7, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: What Keeps You in Ministry in Tough Times (Facebook Live Recording), August 6, 2020

4 Changes to Consider While Adapting to the New Normal (Ministry Impact Resources - ACS Technologies), August 3, 2020 (originally posted June 15)

5 Steps to Reconnecting Your Church Through Groups (Facts & Trends), August 3, 2020

July 2020

3 Ideas for Growing Your Church During a Pandemic (Facts & Trends), July 31, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: Effective Youth Ministry (Facebook Live Recording), July 30, 2020

Study: Churches Gathering Again But with Precautions (Facts & Trends), July 24, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: Church Legacy (Facebook Live Recording), July 23, 2020

What Should Churches Do Now That COVID-19 is Spiking Again (Facts & Trends), July 23, 2020

Church Legacy Planning Basics for Pastors (CSBC/The Baptist Foundation of California), July 23, 2020

Webinar Recording - Church Reopening Legal and Liability - 1:05:38 (CSBC and ChurchWest Insurance Services), July 21, 2020

Webinar Materials - Church Before You Gather: A 10-Step Guide for Reopening Your Church (ChurchWest Insurance Services), July 21, 2020

Webinar Materials - COVID-19 General Checklist for Places of Worship (ChurchWest Insurance Services), July 21, 2020

Webinar Materials - COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies (State of California - Revised), July 6, 2020

Webinar Materials - California Health Office Directory (ChurchWest Insurance Services), July 21, 2020

Webinar Materials -COVID-19 Waiver of Liability (Sample for use by churches) (ChurchWest Insurance Services), July 21, 2020

Explainer: California imposes new coronavirus-related restrictions on churches (SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission), July 17, 2020

3 Criteria for Continuing Pre-COVID Ministry Plans (Facts & Trends), July 17, 2020

Background Checks Remain Essential Part of Reopening Kids Ministries (Facts & Trends), July 16, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: California Funded Church Planting (CSBC - Facebook Live), July 16, 2020

California churches ordered to cancel indoor worship in at least 30 counties (Baptist Press), July 14, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: Avoiding Ministry Burnout (CSBC - Facebook Live), July 9, 2020

Burnout Resource: Burnout: Prevention and Cure by Hart (CSBC - Live Prayer Focus: Avoiding Ministry Burnout), July 9, 2020

Burnout Resource: Compassion Fatigue Self-Assessment (CSBC - Live Prayer Focus: Avoiding Ministry Burnout), July 9, 2020

Burnout Resource: Stress Self-Assessment (CSBC - Live Prayer Focus: Avoiding Ministry Burnout), July 9, 2020

Burnout Resource: Solitude Prayer Retreat Guide (CSBC - Live Prayer Focus: Avoiding Ministry Burnout), July 9, 2020

3 Disastrous Assumptions to Make About Volunteers During and After COVID-19 (Facts & Trends), July 9

COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies (State of California - Revised), July 6, 2020

5 Ways to Engage Your Church in Virtual Missions (Facts & Trends), July 6, 2020

Why Yielding to Others is Critical During COVID-19 (Facts & Trends), July 2, 2020

Why Your Groups Ministry is More Important Than Ever (Facts & Trends), July 1, 2020

June 2020

3 Principles for Guiding a Divided Church Through Re-entry (Facts & Trends), June 30, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: CSBC Update - June 25, 2020

7 Considerations for Updating Your Kids Ministry Policies Now (Facts & Trends), June 25, 2020

Pain Points Every Church is Feeling Right Now: Volunteers (Ministry Impact Resources - ACS Technologies), June 23, 2020

The Silent Epidemic Sweeping Through Your Church (Facts & Trends), June 23, 2020

6 Things Your Church Needs to Change After COVID-19 (Ministry Impact Resources - ACS Technologies), June 22, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Focus - Reopening (CSBC), June 18, 2020

Ministry Grid (LifeWay Christian Resources), June 16, 2020

4 VBS Strategies for this Summer (LifeWay Christian Resources)

“Before You Gather” Webinar (ChurchWest Insurance - scheduled for Friday, June 5 at 11 a.m. PDT

What Families in Your Church Need Most as You Regather (Facts & Trends), June 2, 2020

May 2020

Key Takeaways from the CDC Guidelines for Church Reopenings (Facts & Trends), May 28, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 28 (CSBC Church Planting), May 28, 2020

COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies (State of California) May 25, 2020

Trump designates churches essential; Newsom speeds plan for California houses of worship to reopen (CSBC), May 23, 2020

CDC - Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith (Centers for Disease Control), May 22, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 21 (CSBC Evangelism & Missions), May 21, 2020

One Major Step Your Church Should Accomplish Before Looking Ahead (Facts & Trends), May 20

Church Reopen Package (CSBC), May 15, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 15 (CSBC with Bill Agee, Pete Ramirez) May 15, 2020

Tools for Reopening Your Church (LifeWay Coronavirus Webpage - a compilation of articles), May 15, 2020

10 Easy-to-Overlook Aspects of Church Reopening (Facts & Trends), May 15, 2020

6 Considerations for Reopening Your Kids Ministry (LifeWay Kids), May 15, 2020

South Asia Virtual Mission Trip (SBC International Mission Board) May 8, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 8 (CSBC with Bill Agee, Pete Ramirez) May 8, 2020

COVID-19 Phase 2: Guidelines and Recommendations for Reopening Places of Worship ( First Liberty) May 1, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 1 (CSBC with Bill Agee, Pete Ramirez) May 1, 2020

CDC Document Outlines Guidance for Reopening of Churches (The Gospel Coalition) May 1, 2020

Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) May 1, 2020

April 2020

Church Opening Webinar (Calvary Chapel Chino Hills with Family Research Council, Pacific Justice Institute and others) April 30

The Cooperative Program - Together (Video - SBC Executive Committee) April 27, 2020

Pray 7:14 - Join for Prayer and Fasting (CSBC Church Revitalization Initiatives Team) April 23, 2020

Drive-thru food bank worker killed at L.A. church (CSBC News) April 23, 2020

24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return (kenbraddy.com, Director of Sunday School, LifeWay Christian Resources) April 22, 2020

Church makes masks, gowns to fight COVID-10 pandemic (CSBC News) April 21, 2020

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (CSBC HR & Compliance) April 21, 2020

Facebook Live Recording - Statewide Prayer Time - April 17, 2020

Understanding Disenfranchised Grief and Mourning (Updated to include practical care suggestions - CSBC) April 8, 2020

Former CSBC mobile medical clinic used to fight COVID-19 on the Texas/Mexico border (CSBC) April 8, 2020

Is Your Church Mailbox Safe from the Coronavirus? (CSBC HR & Compliance) April 6, 2020

Prayer Webinar - 9:30 a.m. (PDT), April 3 (With Bill Agee, CSBC executive director) April 1, 2020

5 Ways to Make Your Online Easter Service Impactful (LifeWay Christian Resources) April 1, 2020

Six Steps to Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (ChurchWest Insurance Services) April 1, 2020

March 2020

CSBC DR chaplains staff prayer line during COVID-19 - March 31, 2020

Resourcing Worship March 27, 2020

Your Church Can Be Reimbursed for Mandated Sick Leave Pay (Church Law & Tax) March 27, 2020

Coronavirus and the Church: The Latest News and Advice from Church Law & Tax March 27, 2020

Using Zoom (Arrow Senior Living - Used by Permission) March 27, 2020

How to Host a Small Group Online (LifeWay Christian Resources, Facts & Trends) March 20, 2020

CSBC Small Church Initiatives Team Resources
Even though developed for smaller membership churches, these resources are potentially beneficial to all churches. (Live Streaming, Online Giving Options, General Coronavirus Information, LifeWay’s Facts & Trends Articles) March 19, 2020

Crisis Communication Tips For Your Church (Generis) March 19, 2020

The Church Guide to Coronavirus: How congregations can prepare for the potential disruption and gospel opportunities (Outreach) March 19, 2020

A Concise Coronavirus Guide for Churches: Information and resources to help us live out our calling during crisis. (Christianity Today) March 19, 2020


CSBC Facebook Live Prayer Focus Events

Live Prayer Focus: California on Fire on Thursday, August 27 - 9 a.m. (CSBC)

Live Prayer Focus: International Missions in COVID-19 on Thursday, August 20 - 9 a.m. (CSBC)

Live Prayer Focus: The Future of California Baptist Associations (Facebook Live Recording), August 13, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: What Keeps You in Ministry in Tough Times (Facebook Live Recording), August 6, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: Effective Youth Ministry (Facebook Live Recording), July 30, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: Church Legacy (Facebook Live Recording), July 23, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: California Funded Church Planting (CSBC - Facebook Live), July 16, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: Avoiding Ministry Burnout (CSBC - Facebook Live), July 9, 2020

Live Prayer Focus: CSBC Update - June 25, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Focus - Reopening (CSBC), June 18, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 28 (CSBC Church Planting), May 28, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 21 (CSBC Evangelism & Missions), May 21, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 15 (CSBC with Bill Agee, Pete Ramirez) May 15, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 8 (CSBC with Bill Agee, Pete Ramirez) May 8, 2020

Facebook Live Prayer Time - May 1 (CSBC with Bill Agee, Pete Ramirez) May 1, 2020

Facebook Live Recording - Statewide Prayer Time - April 17, 2020


CARES Act Resources

Religious liberty concerns resolved for churches to receive CARES Act stimulus funds (Baptist Press) April 2, 2020

Small Business Administration Loan Application and the CARES Act (CSBC HR & Compliance) April 1, 2020

Six Steps to Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (ChurchWest Insurance Services) April 1, 2020

Coronavirus Emergency Loan Guidance & Resources for Small Businesses (Broadmark Realty Capital) March 31, 2020

CSBC Newsletter (CARES Act) March 30, 2020

CARES Act Memo (The Baptist Foundation of California) March 30, 2020

COVID Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package makes churches eligible for relief (GuideStone Financial Resources) March 30, 2020

Webinar - Churches and the Cares Act: Helping Congregations and Employees Weather the Cash Crunch - 9 a.m. (PDT), April 2 (Church Law & Tax) March 27, 2020


        Streaming Worship Service Resources

        Your Church and COVID-19 (legible strategy + creative) March 27, 2020

        Using Technology to Prepare Your Church for Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Ministry Brands)
        (Streamline Communication to Everyone, Consider Providing Remote Working Opportunities, Start Live Streaming Church Services, Generosity and Giving Even Though the Plate Isn’t Being Passed, Update Your Website and Social Accounts to Keep People Informed) March 19, 2020

        3 Simple Ways Your Church Can Start Live Streaming (Church Motion Graphics) March 19, 2020

        How to Livestream Your Church Service: A Practical Guide (used by permission - TGC)
        March 19, 2020

        11 Steps to Embrace Facebook & Youtube Streaming of Your Service (Purpose Driven Church) March 19, 2020

        CCLI License for Live Streaming Worship Services (CCLI) March 20, 2020

        Is Our Church Website Violating Copyright Laws? (Church Law & Tax) March 20, 2020


          Online Giving Resources

          5 Low-tech Ways to Collect Offerings Even While Your Church Isn't Gathering (LifeWay Christian Resources) April 3, 2020

          LifeWay Generosity (LifeWay is opening a special COVID-19 digital giving platform to all churches immediately) March 19, 2020

          4 Inexpensive Online Giving Solutions for Small- and Mid-Sized Churches (ChurchDev)
          March 19, 2020


          Human Resources & Compliance Briefings

          Is Your Church Mailbox Safe from the Coronavirus? (CSBC HR & Compliance) April 6, 2020

          The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (CSBC HR & Compliance) April 2, 2020

          Small Business Administration Loan Application and the CARES Act (CSBC HR & Compliance) April 2, 2020



          SBC Entity Resources (updated frequently)

          Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
          How the church can respond to the coronavirus

          International Mission Board
          (Several resources including Travel Guidelines, Coronavirus Task Force, Give: Coronavirus Response)

          LifeWay Christian Resources
          Coronavirus Resources for You and Your Church (Numerous Resources – Ministry Grid; Online Giving; Bible Study Resources for all ages; Prayer Guide; Articles – Coronavirus, Talking to Children, Church and Technology, Ministry and Work, Fear and Anxiety; Additional Resources – Books, Bible Studies)

          Facts&Trends - LifeWay (short articles with relevant information, practical ministry ideas, and biblical resources)

          North American Mission Board
          (Several articles including one entitled 7 Ways to pray for your pastor during this crisis)

          GuideStone Financial Resources
          (Resources related to Personal & Church Financing, Ministry & Church Operations, and Health & Wellness)

          Woman’s Missionary Union
          (Free missions discipleship resources)

          News Resources

          CSBC News
          Baptist Press


          (This listing is a compilation of resources and not necessarily an endorsement.)

            This Convention serves our culturally diverse congregations as we fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.