New website offers resources for churches responding to coronavirus

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A new website guiding churches and ministry leaders as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic was launched Thursday (March 12) as a partnership between two Wheaton College institutions — the Billy Graham Center and the Humanitarian Disaster Institute — as well as Saddleback Church in California, led by pastor Rick Warren.

“Churches often don’t know what to do and yet churches are the most common way people gather in large groups in America,” said Ed Stetzer, the executive director of the Billy Graham Center.

Churches are grappling with decisions of whether to cancel services, continue to meet or go online, Stetzer said.

“They may have to forsake the gathering for the sake of the vulnerable for a season,” he said.

The website,, provides links to Saddleback Church’s Purpose Driven website, which details steps to embrace Facebook and YouTube streaming of church services, as well as to a podcast episode titled “Harnessing the Potential of an Online Campus.”

It includes links to recent articles written by Stetzer. In those articles, Stetzer interviews a senior pastor of Wellspring Alliance Church in Illinois to learn what measures his congregation has taken to care for their members. He also details advice from Surgeon General Jerome Adams on how to deal with the coronavirus.

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