covid 19


San Marcos Baptist Academy meeting the challenge in shift to distance learning


“When students are seeing God at work in their own lives, my job is practically done for me.” ...

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Go Now Missions prepares for different locations, same mission


#missionnotcanceledgonow...

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Texas Baptists join with international partners to care for pastors


“This is a time when we have a great opportunity to be present and to be a comfort to others in the name of Jesus.”...

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New Executive Order allows for return of camps and Bible schools in Texas


Churches should prayerfully consider if the permissible action is also the right action...

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TBM blows past goal, provides 100,000 meals to unemployed Texans during COVID-19 disaster


"Together, we are delivering help, hope and healing to a hurting world.”...

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River Ministry missionary adapts during COVID-19 to meet needs and pray


"I want them to know that everyone can pray...

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Drawing encouragement from one ministry assistant to another


"I thought they might be overloaded right now, and I wanted to let them know they were being prayed for.”...

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Church employees could be eligible for unemployment benefits under CARES Act


PUA will provide a Weekly Benefit Amount that is the same as what the individual would have received had he or she qualified for regular unemployment compensation...

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Online engagement in a post-pandemic culture


It is important to take into account concerns involving privacy and intellectual property rights...

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Adult & Youth Classroom Seating Scenarios: Typical vs. Personal Distance Spacing


These diagrams represent possible church classroom scenarios for groups/classes of adults and youth...

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Ideas for Using Masks or Face Coverings in Preschool and Children’s Areas


Parents and teachers can help prepare preschoolers for face masks by practicing and making masks something fun and personal...

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Texas Baptists churches and pastors unite to support other pastors


"It is a great way to impact Kingdom work around our state...

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Couple donates stimulus check to help pastors in need


"We received a blessing, and we want to be a blessing.”...

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TBM to provide 50,000 meals to unemployed Texans during COVID-19 disaster


TBM launched “TBM Feeding Texans” on April 28, an effort to provide 50,000 meals in the next two weeks to unemployed Texans during the COVID-19 crisis...

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What does childcare look like when we first open back up?


Each church must evaluate their situation and make the wisest decision for them.  ...

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Considerations for a relaunch of your Youth Ministry


What is safe (not simply allowed) as we “love our neighbor” in the example of Christ. ...

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Gov. Abbott issues new Executive Order to begin reopening Texas


On Monday, April 27, Governor Greg Abbott announced that he will allow Executive Order GA-16 (the old EO) to expire, as scheduled, at the end of the month. ...

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Finding peace from God during the pandemic


What are we to do with the uncertainty of our lives with the coronavirus? ...

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Friendship Creekside Fellowship hosts a Zoom lock-in to build student community and relationships


"It helped things feel more normal.”...

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‘Who is prepared for all the trees in your yard to suddenly be on top of your home?’


Forty-six homes are completely destroyed. Two hundred ninety-one more are damaged. A community is shaken but determined to press on...

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Gov. Abbott provides an update on guidance for houses of worship


On April 21, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an updated version of their joint statement titled “Guidance to Houses of Worship During the COVID-19 Crisis.”...

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CLC announces new initiative to provide relief to ministries during COVID-19 outbreak


“We want to help ministries and churches who are having to meet new community challenges.”...

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What will Vacation Bible School look like in 2020?


 If you have ever wanted to try something different, this is the year to do it...

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Central Baptist Church encourages social closeness from a physical distance


"People are hearing the Gospel more than ever in human history thanks to technology and the circumstances we find ourselves using it in...

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Cowboy church finds Easter fellowship during social distancing


"What Satan meant for harm, God used for good.”...

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The hidden victims of the virus


Our witness can be strengthened by taking an active role to curb the social ills in our own localities...

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Texas Baptists assist more than 275 pastors with grants


Texas Baptists provided more than 275 grants to convention pastors across a diverse ethnic and cultural network since the launch of its new Pastor Relief Grant March 30. ...

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Meeting rising needs in Conroe


"For the homeless to stay healthy, they need to stay clean...

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Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health


Millions of people are experiencing anxiety and depression related to this life-threatening outbreak. ...

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Ministering to soldiers at the heart of the outbreak


“The best thing we have is prayer and unity,”...

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Central Texas disaster relief units donate boxes to aid coronavirus fight


Two Central Texas TBM disaster relief units recently donated nearly 300 boxes to the Capital Area Medical Operations Center in Austin to help in the distribution of medical supplies...

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Serving up sermons on social all week


“They met every day in the Temple courts,”...

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Adjusting to changes along the border


Along the Texas-Mexico border, Texas Baptists River Ministry missionaries work hard to share God’s love with the immigrants, refugees and locals who live on both sides of the border. ...

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TBM delivers protective glasses, plastic sheeting to Baylor Scott & White Health


TBM delivered 1,200 pairs of protective glasses and four pallets of plastic sheeting April 2 to Baylor Scott & White Health to help healthcare workers battle the coronavirus pandemic. ...

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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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