Your Church and the Coronavirus: Keep Your Church Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The government canceled flights to Europe. Schools are employing online-only education strategies. And now churches are having to decide how they will respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

There are many great resources available online to help leaders make informed decisions:

While the days ahead seem uncertain, there are a few principles we can keep in mind as we work together to “flatten the curve”:

Love your neighbor as you would yourself

While the average healthy person may not be physically affected by the coronavirus, other immuno-compromised individuals could become deathly ill. As many hospitals are already near capacity battling the flu season, an additional rapid influx of patients could diminish the quality of care for everyone.

So the question isn’t, Will I get sick? But rather, Who might I infect? We need to take reasonable precautions to ensure we care for the most vulnerable in our congregations. 

This might mean placing communion wafers into hands rather than on the tongue, temporarily removing holy water, or even suspending weekly services.

Fear not, have faith

As people on television and social media attempt to make sense of this global pandemic, we must remember that this too shall pass. Maybe not as quickly or as quietly as we would like, but it will. And God will still be on His throne. He is neither surprised nor caught off guard. 

We can walk through fearful circumstances and yet not be afraid. We can have peace knowing that our lives—and our futures—are in His hands. 

We have a great opportunity to share God’s comfort and love with those who have yet to take their first step of faith. So let us be wise with our words that we might be beacons of hope, not harbingers of despair.


It’s the last thing we mention, but the first thing we should do. Seek wisdom from the Lord and ask Him to work in miraculous ways. 

Pray that He would have mercy, protect the immuno-compromised, and give strength to the health workers who will bear much of the burden. 

May our eyes be open to opportunities to share God’s love and the hope of salvation during this time. And may we answer His call to care for one another with compassionate hearts.

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6 Comment(s)
  • David Serven Posted March 16, 2020 12:42 pm

    How about Philippians 4:6-7,”Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

    Simple and to the point!

  • Otis Borop Posted March 16, 2020 1:08 pm

    Thank you for the good information!

  • Rev. Marilou Coins Posted March 16, 2020 3:00 pm

    This information was very helpful. Thank you for all the help.

  • David Corder Posted March 16, 2020 5:03 pm

    Thank you for your message. I am the Choir Director of mostly older members. We are working on what is our immediate future, intermediate possibilities (pro/con), etc. With Easter coming on and the Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter we don’t have a lot of time to regroup to be able to perform four anthems during holy week.

    Thank you for your information. I am sending on to several church members.

  • Donna Earnest Posted March 18, 2020 11:07 am

    Thank you good information. I am sending to others..

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