Responding to COVID-19

As COVID-19 stay-at-home guidelines are eased, we affirm the desire of USMB churches to resume in-person worship and church ministries in ways that honor God and give witness to our faith in His care and protection while not creating undue risk. We encourage local congregations to continue to follow the counsel of local and national authorities and to consult with others in your local faith communities as you make plans to resume church activities. We know that guidelines will vary from state to state and even within states, and we encourage us to show grace to one another during this next phase.

As our conversations about the coronavirus shift to what will happen when we reopen our churches, we won't go back to the way things used to be. We've learned some things from this pandemic. The list of resources below have been updated to include helpful information and offer practical help as we plan to resume public gatherings and church ministries. If we at the USMB national office can be of assistance as your congregation continues to adapt to COVID-19, please let us know.

We are also monitoring the situation as related to national events and are committed to the well-being of our USMB family. Plans for USMB Gathering 2020 will be announced June 8 via email and social media.

resources for reopening our churches

The Humanitarian Disaster Institute and National Association of Evangelicals
Reopening the Church

Webinar Series: ReOpening Church: Leading After COVID-19

Church Fuel
The Senior Pastor's Guide to ReOpening

Everence (also available in Spanish)
12 Considerations as You Prepare to Re-open Your Church Doors

Christianity Today – Daniel P. Chin
When Your Church Reopens, Here's How to Meet Safely

Christianity Today – Ryan P. Burge
Churches Should Not be the First to Reopen

Menonite Brethren or Other Mennonite Resources

MB Foundation
COVID-19 Church Relief Fund
(Applications available at the bottom of the page)

MB Foundation
MB Loan Fund Debt Relief

Participate in the mission of Jesus even while quarantined

USMB/Multiply: Stephen Humber:
Four-Part (+Bonus) Video Series on All Things Zoom

Mennonite Disaster Service:
Congregations and Pandemics: What To Do?

Mennonite Church Canada:
Equipping congregations for pandemic preparedness

Fresno Pacific University:
Coronavirus News and Information

Tabor College:
Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus

Other Helpful Resources

NEW! Vanderbloeman
CARES Act PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Assistance

Vanderbloeman/Dr. Henry Cloud:
Creating Healthy Boundaries in Crisis

Christianity Today: Ben Connelly
When Only Two or Three Can Gather

Saturate: Ben Connelly
Leading Well When No One Can See Us

Mennonite Church USA:
Video series on Technology Best Practices

CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Important Content and FAQ from Vanderbloemen

Online Church Resources

Back to the Bible App
Free digital app to help churches stay connected

Information for Pastors on COVID-19

Christianity Today:
Coronavirus and the Church: Latest News and Advice

Humanitarian Disaster Institute:
Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus (PDF)


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