updates & resources

COVID-19

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Your Southern Baptists of Texas Convention ministry leaders continue to closely monitor the progress of COVID-19, the coronavirus, in countries around the world and here in Texas. We have been heartened to see the responses of our Southern Baptist churches as they seek to continue their ministries and worship activities in new ways. Our churches are better together even in a day of social distancing.

CARES: Payroll Protection - Joe Davis & Lance Crowell, 3/30

Week 4 of COVID-19 - Jim Richards, 4/6

Week 3 of COVID-19 - Jim Richards, 3/30

"A God of Hope" - Jim Richards, 3/23

SBTC Response - Jim Richards, 3/17

Weekly Ministry Area Video Conferences

Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton Provide Joint Guidance for Houses of Worship Operating as Essential Services

contact sbtc staff

Your SBTC staff is here for you! Please reach out to any one of us if you have a need or question in your church. Visit our staff directory for a full list of SBTC staff.

Are you unsure about who to contact? EMAIL US

contact a chaplain

As the coronavirus crisis sparks concern and uncertainty across the nation, the SBTC Disaster Relief has responded by making chaplains available to the public through a simple phone call.

The toll-free number (1-800-921-3287) will allow people to visit with a chaplain to receive prayer and encouragement.

Available from 8am to 8pm.

resources

online worship

Learn how to get started or take the next step in streaming or videoing your church’s services.

finances/giving

Your church has the ability to give online at their fingertips.

networking with other leaders

Through video conferences using Zoom and Facebook Groups, you can connect with others around the state.

sunday school/small groups

Keep your church in fellowship together online through social media, video/audio calls and other creative ways.

equipping/training

Your church can be equipped and trained through this time of social distancing.

family worship

Resources for your families to grow spiritually at home.

evangelism

Resources ideas on how to continue to share the gospel online.

online worship

Conducting Worship Online

Below are some helpful resources to consider as you continue to connect with your church online.

Free License for Audio Tracks – LifeWay Worship

As you are preparing to webcast/stream worship services online (website, app, or social media channels), LifeWay wants you to have flexibility and freedom to utilize audio tracks from LifeWay Worship as your ministry plans and needs arise. Thus, they would like to provide you with a gratis license for our audio track use.

Resourcing Worship – State Convention Worship Consultants

The SBC state convention worship consultants collaborate together to identify needs and resource our churches in worship and music across the country.

Personal Technology Assistance

Need more help in learning how to manage online ministry? We have qualified people waiting to assist you as you work to better communicate with your church members in this difficult time. Staff can walk you through anything from basic social media assistance to specifics in streaming a service.

At-Home Worship/Discipleship

As you are at home for longer periods of time with less access to church ministry, there is no better way to fill the time, connect with family, and grow together than digging into God’s Word as a family. Check out these free resources for all ages to study together at home.

finances/giving

Mail-In Giving Q & A

Giving through the mail can be a powerful method for many churches. It’s important to have multiple methods of giving even beyond the COVID-19 season. Most every church, no matter the size or location, can benefit from utilizing this kind of giving method.

Online Giving Q & A

Pastoral Principles on COVID-19 and Church Giving

If your church is like most churches, you relied on the ability to gather face to face as your method to collect tithes and offerings. The pandemic eliminated this method almost overnight, leaving many pastors hanging. Other churches have multiple methods, yet still find it awkward to ask for online giving. 

Q&A: How churches, pastors are eligible for relief in stimulus package

DALLAS (BP) — The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package signed into law today (March 27) by President Trump will provide potential relief for churches and pastors, thanks to efforts by the Church Alliance, a national coalition of large and historic church benefit boards, including GuideStone, and Southern Baptist partners to ensure churches and pastors have the same options as small businesses and self-employed individuals attempting to financially weather the economic turmoil wrought by COVID-19.

The CARES Act and Your Church

Jonathan Howe (Baptist Press) and Harold Loftin (GuideStone)

COVID Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package makes churches eligible for relief.

DALLAS

The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package signed into law today by President Trump will provide potential relief for churches and pastors, thanks to efforts by the Church Alliance, a national coalition of large and historic church benefit boards, including GuideStone®, and Southern Baptist partners to ensure churches and pastors have the same options as small businesses and self-employed individuals attempting to financially weather the economic turmoil wrought by COVID-19.

Generosity by LifeWay

During this unique and challenging season due to the rising concerns of Covid-19 Generosity by LifeWay is opening its digital giving platform to all churches immediately.

– No setup or monthly subscription fees

– No technology or website experience needed

– All that is needed is a small bit of information like church name, address, bank account number, etc.

GuideStone

Since 1918, GuideStone® has been committed to “serving those who serve the Lord®,” and that is more important to them than ever right now. To help you walk through these uncharted waters when they know money may be tight, they’ve compiled a list of FREE resources to help keep your life and ministry moving forward.

A Conversation about COVID-19 and the Financial Markets with David Spika (Guidestone) & Jonathan Howe

Ministry Amid COVID-19

Kenneth Priest

A guide on what the church should be doing Now, preparing to do Next, and looking to do Beyond the COVID Crisis.

Article: Triaging Your Finances in Times of Uncertainty

Christian Messemer

Article: Free Money. . . Now What?

Christian Messemer

Sunday school/small groups

Teaching Point Series

We have a number of video series on several books of the Bible in the New and Old Testaments that teachers can use as a resource to complement their studies.

Zoom Video Conferencing: Best Practices to Prevent Trolling/ZoomBombing

People who wish to do harm are also sheltering-in-place and have more time on their hands to spread vile language and images. As churches and ministries are ramping up their video conferencing using platforms like Zoom, these meetings are targets of people trolling these meetings and “ZooomBombing” them.

RightNow Media

We are partnering with RightNow Media, an online video library and training resource. With this partnership, all SBTC Pastors and the first 300 ministerial staff members are able to begin a free personal account.

Additionally, RightNow Media is offering free access to a limited library of selected video series coving a wide range of topics for pastors, leaders, small groups, students and kids.

Free Bible Study Videos for Socially Distanced Groups - Group Ministry

LifeWay is making several Bible studies available through their streaming platform, Smallgroup by LifeWay.

Continuing Discipleship - Baptist Association of Christian Educators

The resources and ideas provided are a compilation from church leaders affiliated with BACE.

LifeWay Bible Study Resources

Many local churches are unable to gather together in person each week for worship and Bible study in this season. But that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to grow together. That’s why LifeWay is providing free access to current Bible study content from Bible Studies for Life, Explore the Bible, and The Gospel Project to churches, groups, and families during this uncertain season.

LifeWay Students Resources

As you pivot to re-think everything you know about ministry to teenagers right now, LifeWay Students wants to provide you with one place to find trusted resources.

Small Group Worship - SWBTS

The School of Church Music and Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has developed some resources for families and small groups to use for house worship.

Women's Ministry

VIDEO: "Crisis, Conflict and Care"

Women are hurting and in crisis all around us; they don’t know how to get along with others or be helpful. As women in leadership we often are approached with the problems, personal struggles, conflicts, and pain of others. We will explore how to minister comfort, counseling, and conflict resolution when faced with crisis and conflict.

LifeWay Women

LifeWay is offering free online Bible studies with eBooks for $5.

Tea Talk - Small Group Study

Tea Talk in Perfect Proximity is a resource tool designed to help you start a small group in your community. In this resource, we provide the Tea Talk Plan which is your guide to starting a Tea Talk small group in your neighborhood with those in perfect proximity.

equipping/training

Article: The Digital Memorial Has Arrived – A Practical Pastoral Guide

Whether from COVID-19 or every day life causes, you can be confident a well-planned digital memorial does the job. Admittedly, this method will not replace the warm embrace of a hug, but you will receive so much more than what you thought possible online and God will be glorified.

MINISTRY AMID COVID-19

Kenneth Priest

A guide on what the church should be doing Now, preparing to do Next, and looking to do Beyond the COVID Crisis.

MinistryGrid: Free Training, Documents and Checklists to Lead Your Church through the Coronavirus

With the spread of coronavirus, LifeWay wants to help churches take the appropriate measures to plan, prepare and protect their people from the pandemic. This free training includes four videos, seven ministry-specific checklists and a sample pandemic policy.

ARTICLE: Work from Home—Without Losing Your Job, Mind, or Soul — Union Baptist Association

Thanks to technology and the fallout of the novel coronavirus (aka COVID-19), many schools, businesses, and meeting places have closed their physical doors and set up camp online. We can only imagine more will do so in the coming days.

evangelism

Sharing the Gospel During COVID-19 and Beyond

Bruno Molina provides some practical ways that you can share the gospel utilizing technology.

1Cross Gospel Presentations

The SBTC 1Cross app is a great resource to share the gospel in over 60 languages. Available on both Apple & Android devices.

The Stand Firm Apologetics Course

The Stand Firm Apologetics Course is designed to 1) strengthen Christians’ faith by presenting compelling evidence for the truths of Christianity and 2) equip Christians to share and defend the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

One Verse Evangelism Training

One-Verse Evangelism is a simple, interactive way to share Christ’s love conversationally and visually. Using just one verse, it’s easy to learn, and you can write it anywhere. One-Verse Evangelism shares the powerful message of the gospel in a 10 to 15 minute conversation.

The 3 Circles Gospel Presentation

“Christ to Creation” gospel presentation app

In a series of 20 powerful images, the C2C Story App helps keep you, the story teller, stay on track, keep focus, and it gives the listener a visual display of the work of God that you are describing. Available in more than 10 languages.

if you have any questions, feel free to contact us!