COVID-19 Information and Resources

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American Baptist Leaders Issue Call to Prayer

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Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched objects.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home when you are sick, and if you are not sick stay home as much as possible.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.


COVID-19-Related Assistance: CARES Act, Recovery Rebates, Paycheck Protection Program – Acting General Secretary C. Jeff Woods

A Video Message from Acting General Secretary Woods

Generosity in the Midst of COVID-19

Giving Beyond the Offering Place– Ecumenical Stewardship Center

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19 – Nonprofit Quarterly

FAQ for Faith-Based Organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program – U.S. Small Business Administration

Considering Faith, Community, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis – The Partnership Center

How to Lead Calmly in a Global Outbreak – Faith and Leadership

10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak – The Christian Century

ThinkHR – When Business Threats Are Contagious

A Concise Coronavirus Guide for Churches – Christianity Today

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus – Child Mind Institute

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

6 Steps Your Congregation Should Take in Response to the Coronavirus – The Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Legal Considerations for Coronavirus Guidance and Church Gatherings – Church Law & Tax

Resources for Christian Leaders During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Faith and Leadership

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Sovereign Insurance Group

Video: Supporting our Communities – Rev. Ken McKenzie, Federated Church of West Winfield, N.Y.

Ten Tech Tips for Meeting Online – Next Church (Presbyterian Church USA)

Note – Due to the limited amount that is known about the virus, information is being updated daily. We encourage you to contact and listen to your local health experts and authorities concerning best practices and the status of the outbreaks in your local context. The following links may also serve as helpful resources.

Find a Church

As congregations cancel on-site worship services and people across the country practice social distancing, you can still worship with American Baptists in your home via online worship services.

The best way to find an online worship service near you is to visit the Find a Church section of our website. Search for American Baptist churches in your community and visit their websites to find any online worship opportunities available.

Recent Posts from our American Baptist Partners

April 8, 2020

Caring for the Carer – ABC of New York State

April 7, 2020

The CARES Act: Your Questions Answered – Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board

Wisdom and Warnings Around Personal Stimulus Help – ABC of Greater Indianapolis

Observations: Holy Week – ABC of Indiana and Kentucky

Unlike Any Other: The First Easter – A Message from ABC of Michigan

ABC of Maine Update – Coronavirus Disease

April 6, 2020

Some Thoughts From the Wilderness… ABC of the Central Region

Maintaining Robust Church Finances During the Pandemic – Mission Northwest

April 3, 2020

A Different Kind of Easter – ABC of the Rocky Mountains

Observations – ABC of Indiana and Kentucky

Corona Updates – ABC of New York State

A Word From the Regional Executive Minister – ABC of Metro Chicago

April 2, 2020

Resources and Encouragement from ABC of Michigan

April 1, 2020

COVID-19-Related Assistance – An Update from ABCUSA Acting General Secretary C. Jeff Woods

March 27, 2020

Supporting Churches, Pastors, and Regions: A Letter from the ABCUSA Acting General Secretary

March 25, 2020

E-Giving – A Message from ABC of New York State

March 24, 2020

Online Worship is all the Rage! – American Baptist Churches of Nebraska

March 22, 2020

An Update from the Central Region

March 21, 2020

A Word From the Regional Executive Minister of ABC of Metro Chicago

March 20, 2020

ABC of Maine Update – COVID-19

March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Faith Resource – How 4+ Churches Did Worship in Philadelphia

A Letter from Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford – American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky

March 17, 2020

Sent Before His Face, Live Stream Readings – American Baptist Churches of New Jersey

A Message from the American Baptist Churches of Maine

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Letter from International Ministries CEO – American Baptist International Ministries

MMBB Financial Services Implements Remote Operations

American Baptist Foundation to Continue Service Remotely  – American Baptist Foundation

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Implements Interim Telework Plan

March 13, 2020

A Message Regarding COVID-19 – ABC of Metro New York

March 12, 2020

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Offers Guidance, Litany, Prayer for Congregational Response to COVID-19

A Letter from the Executive Minister  – American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains

ABC of the Rocky Mountains Resources

A Message from ABC of Wisconsin

March 11, 2020

Information from the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches

American Baptist Churches of Maine Shares Recommendations Related to Coronavirus

March 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update from Acting General Secretary C. Jeff Woods

March 6, 2020

Pastoral Guidance from ABC of New Jersey

Prayer, Caution Urged Surrounding Coronavirus – A Message from Acting General Secretary C. Jeff Woods

January 29, 2020

IM Responds with Relief for Outbreak of Coronavirus