COVID-19 Resources: You Can Adapt and Thrive
We are committed to helping Christians be as effective as they can be – under any circumstances. We are in a time of great challenge. As Christians we also know that God is at work in all things. Christians, churches, pastors, and ministry leaders around the nation are adapting to the changing world of worship, gathering, spiritual formation, and discipleship.
We are working daily to continue to provide resources and ideas to help Christians grow in their faith and share the good news of Jesus with the world.
We’ve created this list of worship services and other resources shared by Christians and ministries across denominations, backgrounds, styles, and traditions. You are invited to use and share any of this information. We hope this information will encourage you and give you some ideas as you sort out how to continue to bring people together in mission, worship, and ministry.
Prayer/Spiritual Formation/Discipleship Resources
- 21 Days Together: https://www.21daystogether.com
Offering encouragement, hope, prayer, and action during a time of crisis for our world.
- Challenge = Opportunity – How can we seize the opportunities that God has placed before us?: Written by Jon Hunter
- Church Doctor Report Regular Editions
- Church Doctor Report Special Editions: Written by Dr. Kent R. Hunter as a resource for Christians on how to keep the faith during this challenging time.
- March 2020 Special Edition Church Doctor Report – What Christians Can Learn from This Coronavirus
- April 2020 Special Edition Church Doctor Report – Good Friday, Easter, Social Distancing: Challenge or Opportunity?
- April 2020 Special Edition Church Doctor Report – The COVID-19 New Normal—Stay at Home: Unique Christian Opportunities
- April 2020 Special Edition Church Doctor Report – Will Christians Learn the Most Powerful Lesson from the COVID-19 Pandemic?: The Coronavirus Parable
- May 2020 Special Edition Church Doctor Report – Plagues and Triumph: Pandemics and the Growth of Christianity
- June 2020 Special Edition Church Doctor Report – What Christians Might Learn from the Pandemic: Infectious Faith Saves Lives for Eternity
- June 2020 Special Edition Church Doctor Report – Post-COVID-19: Will We Socially Distance Church?
- June 2020 Special Edition Church Doctor Report – Reopening Church, Post-COVID-19: Focus on What You Can Do, Not What You Can’t
- December 2020 Special Edition Church Doctor Report – The Power of Spiritual Hope
Small-Group, Cell Church, Home Church Book Studies
- Who Broke My Church? (Book Bundle): Learn how to implement seven proven strategies to transform the culture of your church, remove roadblocks to reaching unchurched people – become a difference maker in your church and community.
- Discover Your Windows: Unmask the hidden worldviews that stand in the way of church vitality and mission.
- Restoring Civility: Don’t let others suck you into the cesspool of uncivilized behavior! You can rise above the epidemic of dysfunction in our world today!
- Your Spiritual Gifts: Discover God’s Plan for Your Life: A comprehenize study to help you learn more about how God made you and the purpose He created you for.
- Email Mania Bible Study (FREE DOWNLOAD): Scripture tells us how to communicate with others – you can improve the communication culture in your church.
Leadership Resources for Pastors, Church Council, and Leadership Team
We know you want to be an effective leader in ministry. You’re making important decisions on next steps for gatherings, restarting and reshaping ministry. You’re learning more and more about how to care for the different and new needs that exist in your congregation and community. Coaching is a powerful tool that can help you discover a plan to increase your leadership effectiveness.
- Leadership Coaching – Personal coaching designed to help you identify key action steps and strategies to develop your leadership in ministry.
- Adapt & Thrive Coaching – Individual or Team Coaching for transitioning and transforming ministry to continue effective mission in your church and community.
- Effective Outreach Coaching – Designed to help you reach unchurched people. Go beyond inviting people to a church worship service. Discover unique approaches to reach those in need in your community and connecting them to Jesus.
- Communication/Media/Technology Coaching – You did a fantastic job of pivoting your church communication and technology. Now it’s time to create consistent systems to multiply those efforts. We’ll guide you to the most effective communication strategies that best fir your church.
Are you ready for the renewal that is coming as we enter this new season of ministry?
- Readiness for Renewal Assessment: Covid-19 revealed the need to change and update how you, “do church.” You need solid information on just how to carry out those updates and changes. The Readiness for Renewal Assessment provides a church wide assessment to help determine the next steps you need to take to keep your church moving forward. The assessment includes online surveys, phone interviews, and other assessment tools designed to help you make informed decisions. Your church deserves a clear path forward during this critical time – this assessment will help you discover that path.
Resources for Improving/Increasing Technology & Communication
- Clarify Your Ministry Message Consultation/Coaching:
- Active Campaign: www.activecampaign.com Used for sending out email campaigns with ongoing content such as small group studies, Bible studies, sermon notes.
- Video and Online Streaming Assistance: If you need help with creating short and simple videos to post online Jason Atkinson from the Church Doctor team is providing basic video editing and formatting to churches for the month of April at no charge. Contact Jason email@example.com
and he will let you know what you needs from you to help.
Worship “How To” Information
- Zoom – https://zoom.us – Popular online platform for group meetings, video conferencing.
- Facebook Live – https://www.facebook.com/
- Evangelical Council for Financial Accountabilty (ECFA): www.ecfa.org – Currently waiving $500 application fee for churches to join. Great resource for financial/stewardship/giving information and updates.
- Information related to CARES Act for financial programs: Church and Christian ministries DO qualify for the Payroll Protection Program, read more here: https://www.sbalenders.
Bible Study Resources/Recordings
- Firmly Rooted: http://www.
firmlyrooted.life – Online Bible Studies and Devotions
- Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Fontanelle, IA: YouTube Devotions Reconnecting people to God and one another through Devotions, God Stories, Faith Topics and Sermon Previews.
- The Branches Church, Plainfield, IN: https://www.facebook.com/
hershey.alex or https://www.facebook.com/ branchescc Facebook Daily Devotional Posts and Bible Studies.
- Saint Joseph UMC, Fort Wayne, IN: https://www.facebook.com/
StJosephAtTheYMCA Daily Scripture Posts and Devotions.
- First Lutheran Church, Shelby, OH: https://www.facebook.com/
firstlutheranshelby Daily Facebook Live Bible Study around lunchtime each day.
Pastor Jody Skogen: https://m.youtube.
com/channel/ UCdbDiFM0LkD9gn6SfO1dfDQ, a devotional video-cast.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Roy, Utah: https://www.facebook.
com/OSLCRoy, daily devotional
North Christian Church, Fort Wayne, IN: https://www.facebook.com/
office.northchristian Daily Video & Daily Written Devotionals
Empowering Courageous Kids: https://www.group.com/
category/ministry-resources/ childrens-ministry/sunday- school/empowering-courageous- kids.do
Worship Services, Recordings, Social Media Worship
- Faith Lutheran Church, Swanton, OH: https://soundcloud.com/
faithswanton Pastor Ed Strietelmeier’s for online audio sermons. Weekly worship through Zoom, online worship events on www.zoom.us. Stream live on Facebook and you can call in to listen via phone if you don’t have the internet. To watch via Zoom set up an account (it’s free!). And if you are watching with an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device you’ll need to download the free app. When on Zoom you might need the Webinar ID # which is 385-181-355. You can call in to +1 929-436-2866 if you’d like to listen in via phone.
- Firmly Rooted Church: http://firmlyrooted.
church/watch-live Live worship services.
- Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, Columbus, OH: We’ve taken a modular approach to our worship services, with the idea that we are empowering people to be worship leaders in their homes. You can see it at www.ualc.org/worshiponline. We’ve also been doing prayer, scripture reflection, and other points of connection every day on FB live at 9 a.m .and 9 p.m. You can find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UA.
- Hope Lutheran Church, Smithfield, NE: https://www.facebook.com/
HopeLutheranChurchSmithfield Recorded worship videos posted on Facebook.
- Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Fontanelle, IA: Emmanuel Lutheran Fontanelle Facebook Page
- Crossroads Lutheran Church, Dawson, MN: http://crossroadslutheran.
net Sunday worship services and Wednesday devotionals.
- New Life Lutheran Church, Sterling, IL: nllutheran.com Livestream Services, Podcasts, sermon recordings
- Calvary Golden Valley, Golden Valley, MN: https://calvary.org Live-
streaming our Wednesday Lenten Experience as well as our modern worship services on Sunday morning at 9 & 10:30am. Also we will be posting a traditional worship service recording each week, before Sunday morning.
- Resurrection Lutheran Church, Alpena MI: http://rlca.us/about/
worship-praise Recording Thursday lent and Sunday services.
- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Florence, AL: https://www.gslcflorence.com
Live-streaming and recording Sunday services. Simulcast on Facebook and YouTube. Our bulletin will be posted in with the live-stream on our website. Google-hangout for an audio-only service via phone-in. (985) 387-5506 PIN: 448 162 336#
- Norther Bay Lutheran Community Church, Belfair, WA: http://northbaylutheran.
org Weekly online services that include the Holden Evening Prayer music and sermon.
- Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Colorado Springs, CO: https://www.holycrosscs.
org Facebook Live, Sundays 9:00 a.m., Wednesdays 12:00 p.m.
- King of Kings Lutheran Church. Omaha, NE: https://www.
kingofkingsomaha.org/live Live stream Sunday Worship Service.
- Concordia Lutheran Church, San Antonio, TX: https://www.concordia.cc
We will stream our services on Saturday at 6 pm and again on Sunday at 8, 9:30, 11 am, and 5 pm. If you try to stream at any of these times and experience technical difficulties, our support team will be available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling or texting 210-617-3780. You will also be able to continue to give online during our services (or any time) on our website.
- Atonement Lutheran Church Fargo, ND: https://atonement.online.
church Live-streaming and recording Wednesday evening services at 6:30 pm, and Traditional and Modern Worship on Sunday Mornings at 9 and 10:30 am.
- Immanuel Lutheran, Story City, IA: www.facebook.com/
ImmanuelLutheranStoryCity Facebook Live worship Wednesday nights (7:00 CDT) and Sunday mornings (9:30 CDT) that can also be streamed anytime.
- Grace Lutheran Church in Hayward, WI: gracelutheran-hayward.org
Streaming our Lenten services at 6:00pm on Wednesday evenings along with our Sunday morning service at 9:30. If you miss the live stream, they are posted on our website.
- Trinity Lutheran Church, Haskell, TX: Streaming Live on YouTube Portions of weekly worship service posted on You Tube.
- Pathway Community Church, Fort Wayne IN: https://www.facebook.com/PCCFW
http://www.pccfw.tv Online streaming worship, Facebook Devotions
- The Rock, Fort Wayne, IN: http://www.therockwired.
org/ Online worship, Facebook Live.
- St. Joseph United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne, IN: https://www.facebook.com/saintjosephumc Weekly Service
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Audobon, IA: Facebook Live: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Audubon, Iowa
California Avenue Christian Fellowship Church, Riverside, CA: https://www.facebook.com/
CalAvenue Live and Recorded worship services. Also available on You Tube by searching California Avenue Christian Church
New Hope Christian Center, Waterloo, IN: https://mynewhope.in/
online-church Durin g the service times we will have service hosts/pastors/captains who will be on the broadcast page to answer questions, interact, and pray with people.
Living Word Lutheran Church, Graham, WA: Live stream worship (with Holy Communion) at 9:30 AM (PST) on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.
Cornerstone Church, Belleville, IL: https://onecornerstone.org/ an
d You Tube https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCw3T_ WW3pycYXEZuZfxeF6w
- Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Deshler, OH: Daily Devotions, Online Worship, Sunday Bible Studies https://www.facebook.com/peacedeshler/posts/ http://www.peacedeshler.org/
- Living Water Church, Dalton & Massilon, OH: Online Worship https://www.lwchurch.com/home
Resurrection Lutheran Church, Monticello MN: https://www.resurrection-
mn.com Live Worship/Nightly Devotions
Grace Lutheran Church, Ridgecrest, CA: https://www.youtube.com/
channel/ UCw1o2fUcGldNEPYTdeTlJYA, You Tube Worship Services