Coronavirus Church Resource Center

These Coronavirus church resources are a collection of tools for you and your church to use as you respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is that these resources help you to worship, serve, care for each other, and find peace, hope, and rest in Christ during the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Note: We will do our best to update these resources as the situation changes, but you should look to your local health authorities for the most up-to-date and authoritative advice on what is safe to do in your area. 

Webinars and Videos

Watch videos about responding to the coronavirus and join webinars for connection and support as you and your church respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Recurring virtual gatherings

Building God’s Church Together: COVID-19 Response Gatherings

Description: Come with your stories, prayer requests, concerns, and ideas so that we can lift each other up, pray together, share resources, and find mutual encouragement for ourselves, our congregations, families, and communities. Anyone is welcome to join, as long as space allows. Group size is limited to 12 people per session. Many sessions have a theme or focus, such as worship planning or lament. Get up-to-date information on upcoming gatherings and reserve your spot here.

When: Monday afternoons and evenings

Facilitators: Rev. Liz Testa, coordinator for Women’s Transformation and Leadership, facilitates afternoon sessions. Lesley Mazzotta, Women’s Transformation and Leadership education specialist and certified spiritual director, facilitates evening sessions.

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Loving Immigrants and Displaced People during a Pandemic

Description: Join a webinar to continue the discussion on loving our displaced neighbors through a global pandemic. In the last two sessions, we’ll look at refugees, international students, immigrants, migrants, and interfaith dialogue, all from a local mission standpoint. These webinars will run the first Thursday of the month from 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern time, running through August. The discussion will be hosted by Laura Osborne, the RCA’s coordinator for interreligious relations, and JJ TenClay, the RCA’s refugee ministries coordinator.

Register here

Wednesday Prayers for the World

Description: Heeding the call of the World Council of Churches to be steadfast in prayer during this global crisis, the RCA’s Christian Unity Project will lead 10 minutes of prayer live on its Facebook page each Wednesday at noon (EDT).  We unite our hearts in solidarity with the worldwide church, praying for all those affected by coronavirus.

Christian Unity Project Facebook page

Webinar recordings

COVID-19 and Mission Trips

In this webinar hosted by our partner Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission, professionals from the travel, insurance, and healthcare industries answer questions about planning airline travel, different types of trip insurance, and airline health/safety protocols. This information  will be helpful to anyone who is considering planning a future mission trip.

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How to Set Up Online Giving with Tithe.ly

An expert explains how your church can start accepting electric donations using Tithe.ly’s giving platform quickly and easily. Tithe.ly is available to churches who are part of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) for no monthly fee and at a special per-gift rate as the RCA preferred electronic giving vendor.

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Social Distancing and the Lord’s Supper

As the world shelters in place in the face of the COVID-19 virus, congregations everywhere scramble to find new ways to be the church in the current reality. But what happens to the Lord’s Supper?

The Reformed Church Center at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, working with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Western Theological Seminary, hosted a free webinar to help churches address this important question.

Speakers

Mashona Walston, senior pastor of First Church (Reformed) in Albany, NY, is a graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She is a proponent of neuroscience and prayer as means of providing resilience, and works with individuals, faith groups, and community partners for stronger and more positive relationships on local, national, and global scenes. She will speak on the challenge facing pastors as they try to navigate the current situation.

Matthew van Maastricht, pastor of the Altamont, NY, Reformed Church, doctoral candidate at the Free University of Amsterdam, and adjunct faculty member teaching Reformed polity and standards at both Western and New Brunswick Seminaries, will address what Reformed theology and church order says about celebrating the Sacrament remotely. Matthew also serves as General Editor for the Congregational History Series of The Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America and a founding leader of the Society for Protestant Church Polity.

John Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of worship, theology, & congregational and ministry studies at Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary. The author of several books on worship and congregational song, his areas of interest include the history of Christian worship, worship practices in various denominations, biblical and systematic theology of worship, the role of music and the arts in worship, choral and congregational song and consulting with churches on worship renewal. John will speak on how congregations might “fast” frohe m the Lord’s Supper.

Ron Rienstra is Professor of Preachng and Worship Arts at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Since his ordination in the RCA in 1993, he has lived and ministered at educational institutions in Iowa, Michigan, and California, pursuing his primary interest: helping preachers, congregations, worship teams, and individuals learn to deepen and enliven their gatherings with God. He will look at how we might celebrate Maundy Thursday without the Supper.

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Engaging the Financial Challenges at our Doorstep

Fresh Expressions, a church multiplication partner of the RCA, offered this webinar about facing the financial challenges arising from COVID-19.

As the Coronavirus continues to disrupt our lives, churches are beginning to navigate difficult financial realities. Furloughs and lay-offs are only the beginning. What steps can you take now to ensure your congregation will continue to thrive when the economy tanks?

Presenters Wayne Faison, Dave Briggs, Krystal Speed, and Laura Van Hove

Your name and email are required to access the recording.

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Video Messages from Eddy

Eddy Alemán, the general secretary (denominational leader) of the Reformed Church in America, is sharing regular video messages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Watch past messages from Eddy

Stories from the Mission Field

Weekly video messages from missionaries serving with RCA Global Mission  with stories from the field and reflections on faith during a pandemic.

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Watch more messages from missionaries

Coronavirus Church Resources