Tips For Effective Virtual Worship
Posted on Apr 02, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, increasing numbers of churches are forced to adapt their
worship experiences amidst new social distancing, lockdown, and shelter-in-place orders. In the
face of this new normal, we have a rare opportunity to reimagine how we connect with each
other and create space for community.
Over the past several weeks, I have scoured the internet for resources and watched dozens of
livestreams and virtual worship services from across the country—some were far better than
others. I brought what I observed and learned through this process to my own church leaders, and
it has greatly transformed how we now engage in worship.
I offer these tips to create more effective and meaningful virtual worship in hopes that they may
spur the same creativity for your virtual worship that it has for ours. These recommendations
come solely from my own experiences, research, and observations.
Aliança de Batistas do Brasil/Alliance of Baptists of Brazil
Posted on Mar 29, 2020
Pastor Paulo Cesar Pereira, president of the Aliança writes on March 19: "Here in Brazil we already have 368 confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the contamination curve is upward and will grow a lot. The public offices are almost all closed, the general orientation is that everyone stays in their homes.
We have suspended all the activities of the orchestra, they are at home and we still have no cases of contamination. In the church, activities, including services, are also suspended until March 29, 2020, then we will analyze whether the suspension will continue or not.
Supermarkets are still selling normally...there is guidance so that you don't buy more than necessary. Schools and universities are all suspended classes.
Here at home we are taking the necessary care, but Rosy and Yana who are doctors are still working. I am worried but without anxiety. We are in a voluntary quarantine. Leaving only when it is necessary. It is a time of recollection and reflection...Thank you for caring about us. Read more.
Andrew P. Stewart Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Posted on Mar 27, 2020
We are working to provide food and other resources to our neighbors...We are hearing from some of the residents in our houses (15 total houses) that they are worried about paying their rent and utilities for April. Several have been furloughed and others are worried they're going to lose their jobs...Gloves and masks are in-kind items that we could use as we continue to engage our neighbors with services. Read more.
Crossing Lines Africa
Posted on Mar 27, 2020
From Philip Kakungulu (center in photo) of Crossing Lines Africa: "I am a member in several Africa social media groups and pastoral leadership fellowships here. The underlying message toward COVID-19 has been one of denial, which is going to cost lives as it did in South Africa during the HIV AIDS pandemic...Yesterday the president publicly mentioned that God has spared Uganda because the government and church leaders stood against homosexuality. This is justifying the use of violence by the church, and many have mentioned that the coronavirus is a disease for homosexuals...The economy right now in Uganda is a nightmare; people will die of COVID-19, hunger, utter neglect and civil violence. What our government has done and hasn’t done is so frustrating. I am crying for the innocent children and peasants in the villages who have very little or no actual scientific education about COVID-19. While our borders have been open on all fronts till now, in the capital city, Kampala, and nearby towns the panic is growing. The government is not offering state sponsored quarantine or testing whatsoever! Why would we allow this to happen? Read more.
Eglise Evangelique au Maroc [EEAM]/Protestant Church of Morocco
Posted on Mar 25, 2020
Along with her work as an interfaith chaplain, Karen Thomas Smith is a part of the Protestant Church of Morocco, and she has written updates on the congregations and the people they serve in this predominantly Muslim nation.
Alliance Nominating Committee Nominations
Posted on Mar 20, 2020
We seek your help with a necessary business matter today—our need to elect board members who will hold in trust the responsibility of keeping the Alliance healthy and whole in these days of uncertainty.
Thanks to the diligent work of the nominating committee, there is a slate of nominees ready and willing to be elected to guide the mission and ministry of the Alliance. The report is offered by the committee chaired by Paul Hayes, Groton, Conn., and submitted to the membership for consideration.
Responding to COVID19
Posted on Mar 18, 2020
Livestream Worship Services
Worship Resources (Prayers, Liturgies, etc)
Posted on Mar 13, 2020
Reopening Church - Resources and Recommendations from the Insurance Board
An Update from the Alliance Directors
Posted on Mar 13, 2020
To the Alliance Family,
Developments of the past 24 hours lead the Alliance staff and officers to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 annual gathering set for the end of April. The rapid spread of the virus, cases found among priests in Ft. Worth, broad travel restrictions, as well as the safety of Alliance people, the people working to make the event happen, and the people they love, contribute to the decision. The leadership of the Alliance desires to honor the work and preparation that has gone into the planning of the annual gathering, as well as the sacrifice many of you have made to register, attend and make travel plans. How we do that is still unclear. We will communicate our decisions regarding a way forward by the end of March.
Nancy Hastings Sehested, Marked for Life: A Prison Chaplain’s Story
Posted on Dec 19, 2019
Long one of our finest preachers, Nancy Hastings Sehested now takes her place as a supremely gifted writer among us. Sehested’s new book chronicles her 13 years as a chaplain in two men’s prisons in North Carolina, the last 10 in a maximum security facility where she distinguished herself as a sensitive, no-nonsense pastor to inmates, many convicted of particularly brutal crimes.