On Feb. 25, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged businesses, hospitals and communities to plan for the possibility of community spread and significant disruption by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The virus poses an obvious health risk and has the potential to significantly impact the day-to-day operations of Texas Baptist churches, ministry partners, and staff.
This response page is designed to share virus-related information across our Texas Baptist family. As a convention of churches, we continue to be committed to sharing Christ and showing love, even in the midst of this potentially challenging situation. Please check back often for updates.
Through this pandemic, God is opening up new and exciting ministry opportunities through which we are sharing Christ and showing love.
Federal, state, and local guidance regarding gathering, reopening, appropriate precautions and more continues to be updated.
We continue to post resources on financial support, multimedia streaming, online giving, church administration and more on this page, and we are posting resources related to relaunching your church facility here.
Executive Director David Hardage continues to share words of encouragement through daily videos, and Convention staff continue to deliver resources and training through the use of online platforms including ZOOM meeting, Zoom webinars, and Google Hangouts, in addition to phone calls and note writing.
Texas Baptist staff will begin returning to offices in a limited capacity in the days to come, and with extensive precautions, however the situation is dependent upon a number of variables being assessed daily.
Ministry staff may be reached via phone and email, and contact information is available on the staff page. Visits to our physical offices continue to be discouraged.
All are encouraged to continue to pray for the following: an end to the virus’ spread; frontline workers including healthcare, first responders, delivery, and supply chain employees keeping us safe and healthy; the healing of those who are ill; churches as they adjust and continue to minister; those impacted by economic challenges; and the lost that they may come to know Christ.
On March 27, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by voice vote the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Click here to view a helpful presentation to better understand how this legislation may impact your church or nonprofit.
The Texas Baptist Pastor Relief Grant is a convention-wide effort to meet the needs of Texas Baptist churches by providing short-term financial support to bivocational and small church pastors who have experienced economic difficulties through the loss of employment or church salary as a result of the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Texas Baptist leaders compiled eight helpful suggestions for churches and ministry partners seeking to minister and care for congregations and communities during this time.
Ben Hanna, Church Health Initiative director, compiled this prayer guide acknowledging the severity of this crisis while also affirming the sovereignty of our King.
Learn about resources available to help your church successfully live-stream services to your congregation.
Dave Lyons, Support Services and Information Technology director, compiled a list of useful resources for your church to navigate online giving.
Texas Baptists churches now have exclusive access to 6 months of free online giving through GivingFuel, the same fundraising software used by convention staff. Effective immediately, churches may contact GivingFuel to receive no-cost access to their Pro Package - normally $59 a month.
Baptistway Press is now offering free digital downloads of our quarterly Bible theme study, Faith > Fear.
MinistryGrid released training to help churches prepare a pandemic response plan, specifically in regard to the coronavirus.
Read more about what you should know, situation updates, and additional information from the CDC’s coronavirus disease website.
Katie Fruge, director of Hunger and Care Ministries, shares ways for churches to pray for hunger and community cares needs in Texas and around the world during the present pandemic.
The spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has resulted in many federal, state, and local restrictions on gathering. While some of your favorite Texas Baptist events have been postponed or canceled due to current restrictions, we are committed to finding emerging avenues to deliver content, coordinate cooperative ministry, and spread the hope of Christ in a rapidly changing world.
Locate and contact your Texas Baptist area representative here, or call (888)244-9400 during regular business hours.
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