How your local church can respond to COVID-19
By Jacqui Croxon | International in international
Do you see opportunities to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in your community? Could leaders and volunteers from your church benefit from training and resources to prepare and equip them to respond?
In times of crisis, our churches are often the first places people turn to for help and support. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our world, your church can be a part of a gospel-based response to the resulting physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our communities, including support for those who are ill through in-home care.
SIM has developed a video-based training initiative that is now available for local church leaders, church volunteers, chaplains and others responding to COVID-19. The video series is a direct result of the COVID-19 Immediate Response project SIM launched in April.
This training lends global voices – pastors, theologians and medical professionals from diverse backgrounds – to speak into four key module topics:
1. Churches Leading in the Context of COVID-19
2. Community Spiritual and Supportive Care
3. Trauma Healing
4. Safe Practices for Community Care
Each module is accompanied by a Resource and Discussion Guide with questions and activities to support learning. Ideally, this learning will take place through facilitated discussion groups to help church leaders and members further engage with the content, consider how it applies to their churches and communities, and to work towards a practical action plan.
Each of the Vimeo videos and each of the corresponding ‘Resource and Discussion Guides’ can be found through the buttons below. The videos have also been compiled in a playlist on Vimeo.
If you’re interested in supporting your church or ministry partners with this training, please contact us. We’d love for you to join us as we help the church bring hope during this challenging time.
• Many churches to benefit from the videos and learn how to extend Christ-like help to the hurting.
• Those experiencing physical, emotional and spiritual distress to find security in the Lord.
• God to intervene and stop the spread of the virus.