covid 19


Governor Abbott’s latest Executive Order provides clarity for churches across Texas


On March 31, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-14 (EO), which says residents of Texas must minimize in-person contact with people outside the same household. ...

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CARES Act could bring financial relief to churches and nonprofits amidst bans on large gatherings


On March 27, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by voice vote the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, which was Senate Bill 3548, was also unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate on March 24. A large portion of that relief, $349 billion, will fund the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). ...

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5 simple activities the Church can engage in while the doors are closed


The faith community has a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ in one of the most trying times in recent history...

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Ministry through hospital chaplaincy during COVID-19


"...we are called to join God in responding to these tragedies with compassion and love,”...

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Loving your teens well during a time of physical distancing


Make it your goal that they look back and remember this as a time in which you walked alongside them, rather than tried to correct every flaw in their outlook...

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Packing the parking lot: FBC Kaufman holds drive-in worship service


FBC Kaufman held its first-ever drive-in worship service in response to the new public gathering restrictions brought on by the spread of COVID-19...

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Partnering with parents just went viral - Part 2


Now, more than ever, we have to be conscious of our parents, kids’, and our own mental health...

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Hunger Offering ministry partners spring into action to meet immediate needs


As thousands across the state suddenly find themselves in need of extra assistance for basic necessities, TBHO hunger ministries are rising to the occasion, finding new and creative ways to serve their community...

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TBM donates 15,000 N-95 masks to hospitals, first responders


TBM donated 15,000 N-95 masks and assorted other supplies March 23 to be used by hospitals and first responders across the state in the midst of the growing coronavirus pandemic...

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Worship in the age of COVID-19


As churches and communities are forced to adapt to “the new way of doing church” in the age of the Coronavirus outbreak, here are some ways to help make the most of this strange situation. ...

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Behold, God is doing a new thing


We now have the opportunity to use this present crisis to our evangelistic advantage...

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Churches find ways to connect, serve and adapt amidst coronavirus spread


Some ideas that Texas Baptists ministries and churches are implementing to share God’s love during these challenging times...

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Partnering with parents just went viral - Part 1


Now is the time for us as the church to equip and let the parents do the teaching. ...

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Churches not mentioned in Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order barring social gatherings


On Thursday, Texas Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-08 (EO). The EO supersedes previous orders and preempts municipal ordinances regarding social/public/mass gatherings. ...

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Coping with COVID-19 stress


The Covid-19 pandemic is no doubt increasing stress levels for most everyone in the United States. ...

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Updated Coronavirus online training


MinistryGrid released training to help churches prepare a pandemic response plan, specifically in regard to the coronavirus. ...

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Distance Discipleship: Facilitating Virtual Group Connections


“Social distancing” has to be the phrase of the month! Yet we all really need social and spiritual connection throughout the current COVID-19 event. ...

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Carrying On in Chaotic Times


In these chaotic times, followers of Christ do well to remember the promises of His Word and the testimony of his faithfulness. ...

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TBM places all disaster relief volunteers on alert in midst of coronavirus pandemic


TBM has placed all of its disaster relief volunteers and mobile kitchens on alert in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping across the globe...

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Free digital download of Faith > Fear Bible Study


Fear can wreak havoc in our lives. It can be a source of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pain that shortens lives and robs people of joy. Fortunately, we have a Savior who is well aware of our propensity to fear and in whom we can find a faith that is greater than our fears.  ...

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Resources for a successful church live-stream


As more churches will meet virtually over the coming days, providing your congregation with a space to continue receiving spiritual nourishment is important. ...

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Ministry continues as Texas Baptist events are postponed, offices closed


On March 15, the CDC recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed for a span of eight weeks. In light of this recommendation, and in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Texas Baptist events scheduled to take place from March 15 through Apr. 15 have been postponed. ...

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Online giving options for your church


As more churches will meet virtually over the coming days, it will become vital to provide online giving options for your congregation. ...

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Coronavirus Advisory: Gathering restrictions, prayer, generosity, mobilization and more


The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact churches, ministry partners and staff across our Texas Baptists family. While the situation remains fluid and there are many unknowns, we can rest assured that our help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. We hope these suggestions will prove valuable to your ministry. Further updates to ministry operations will be posted to our COVID-19 Response page in the coming days....

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A coronavirus prayer guide for Texas Baptist churches


Ban Hanna, Church Health Initiative director, compiled this prayer guide acknowledging the severity of this crisis while also affirming the sovereignty of our King...

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A coronavirus guide for Texas Baptist churches


In an effort to help our churches, Texas Baptists leaders compiled the following suggestions and ideas as you seek to minister and care for your congregation and community during this time. Each church may determine for itself which ideas might work in its context...

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Texas Baptist ministries provide updates on upcoming trips potentially impacted by Coronavirus


Texas Baptists leaders and ministry teams are taking precautionary measures to address the potential spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). The Texas Baptists Missions Team and Go Now Missions recently provided updates to students and churches engaging in upcoming mission trips in Texas and abroad regarding the coronavirus. ...

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