As we face together the pandemic known as COVID-19, the Bible Teaching/Leadership Resource Group is working to provide for you a list of available resources. Worship, prayer, giving, groups, etc. are covered. It is not an exhaustive list, but a good place to start as you look for help. Updates can be found regularly on our Facebook page.
We are here to help. Please let us know how we can further assist you. Blessings to you and His church where you serve!
1. Existing social media or website platforms offer online public worship services.
2. Small groups can meet online through free or inexpensive teleconferencing such as Zoom video. Video conferencing will generally work better for small groups because participants can interact directly through video and chat features. Video conferencing is excellent for conducting group Bible study because of the ability each person has to interact, read Scripture, pray, and share ministry.
3. Use apps such as GroupMe to maintain contact with group members each day. Groups can use this app to share prayer needs, ministry opportunities, and stay connected throughout the day without the need for scheduled meetings.
4. Facetime allows up to 31 people at a time.
5. There are tons of methods for connecting when you cannot meet in person. Consider some of the following ideas:
- Google Duo
- Skype / Skype for Business Basic
- Free Conference Call
- Conference calls (for groups less techno-savvy) can enable a lesson to be taught with Q&A or discussion, announcements, and prayer together;
- Facebook Live and YouTube Live can enable the group leader to pray, share announcements, and teach a lesson; while this is one-way communication, it can be supplemented by text to receive prayer requests and lesson questions/comments;
- Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google G Suite, and others can enable groups to see and hear each other and tend to work best for smaller groups if there will be much interaction; they offer chat during video which allows written prayer requests, announcements/ reminders, and lesson questions/comments (the video link and the chat conversation can be emailed to those who missed it);
- Facebook Groups and other social media can provide posting of lesson outlines, questions, and discussion along with announcements and prayer requests;
- Text generally works best with really small groups (2-4) and short texts; if the group or texts gets larger, then participants won’t have enough time to read what is texted.
1. Generosity by LifeWay – See below for LifeWay’s gracious and special offer. During this unique and challenging season due to the increasing Covid-19 concerns, Generosity by LifeWay is opening its digital giving platform to all churches immediately.
LifeWay Generosity is offering the following:
a) No setup or monthly subscription fees
b) No technology or website experience needed
c) All we need is a small bit of information like church name, address, bank account number, etc.
Once Generosity has the needed information, they will set up a custom giving page for your church and post it live online! All churches need to do is promote the unique giving page to members and Generosity will take care of the rest. You can get started at this web address: lifewaygenerosity.com/coronavirus
4. Paypal Non-Profit – This may be the quickest and easiest to get up and running.
1. Churches need a CCLI streaming license to cover webcasting of services.
2. LifeWay is providing gratis a gratis streaming license for tracks, PROVIDED
A.Churches have a CCLI Streaming License
B.Churches request a Master License from Music Services.
3. SWBTS – Please feel free to make any of this material your own or use our accompaniment and lyric video in any way that best fits your context. We are here to serve you and all of our SBC churches.
5. iSingWorship has made their lyric videos (great congregational arrangements) of their entire catalog available without any additional licenses needed during this difficult time. There is also a wonderful package discount available to get you started.
1. Harvest Prayer Several prayer resources and links to other prayer groups. David Butts, president. (Not SBC)
3. inallthingspray.net Created by members of PrayerLink, a network of state convention and SBC entity prayer leaders partnering together to call and equip Southern Baptists to a renewed life of prayer to impact a lost world
5. onecry.com Nationwide call to spiritual awakening, several denominations and faith groups. (Not SBC)
6. blesseveryhome.com Great website to pray for every home in your neighborhood, by name. (Not SBC)
7. praync.org Robust website from Chris Schofield Director, Office of Prayer, North Carolina Baptists, several free downloads
8. prayerleader.com Good website for prayer team leaders. Also publish Prayer Connect magazine available for subscription fee. (Not SBC)
9. scbo.org/pray State Convention of Baptists in Ohio webpage with prayer resources, several free downloads.
11. wmu.com Women’s Missionary Union – several resources available for praying for missions and missionaries.