Updates and Resources

You Are Not Alone

The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware is closely monitoring the latest developments on COVID-19, the coronavirus. We are working diligently for you as this pandemic continues to impact our churches. Please contact us if you have a need or questions. The BCM/D is here to serve you. Contact Us→

Resources for your church

Leadership In Times of Crisis

Leading Through the COVID-19 Crisis
Dr. Ed Stetzer hosted a live discussion for pastors and church leaders. He covered the very important topic of leadership, burnout, and mental health.
Watch the video→ and Download PDF Presentation→

Church Finance

Are Church Employees Eligible for Unemployment Benefits?
Ministries are included in the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act), and some of the provisions may either aid furloughed or laid-off church employees or offer incentives to retain employees.
Read Article→

Legal Info

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, becomes effective April 1, 2020. It requires employers with 500 employees or less to provide emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and expanded family and medical leave (EFML) to eligible employees.
Read More→ and Download PDF Poster→

COVID-19 Guidance For Maryland Religious Organizations
Governor Hogan issued Executive Order 20-03-30-01, requiring all persons to stay at home in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Read More→ or Download copy of interpretation→

Ideas for Live Streaming

Live Streaming
If you need help setting up for Facebook Live, this brief training video walks through the simple steps for any church to stream their services (or other activities) on Facebook.
Watch the video here→

Prerecorded Messages
Soapbox allows you to record, edit, and share videos in minutes. You can prerecord your message from your computer using free software. Find out more at wistia.com/soapbox→ 

NAMB Livestream Training
Register for a how-to event for beginners where you’ll see a step-by-step process for setting up your livestream and some basic enhancements you can make down the road. Register Here→

12 Necessities for Effective On-Line Preaching
The coronavirus virus has forced many pastors to do their preaching to and through a camera lens. Many pastors are preaching to twice, three times, even four times the number of people that had been gathering in their church’s Worship Center. There are twelve necessities every pastor should consider when preaching to transform lives while facing a camera. Rick Howerton→

12 Tips for Using Zoom to Teach a Bible Study
If you’re a group leader and want an interactive way to teach a Bible study during the COVID-19 crisis, ZOOM is a good tool that allows people to interact online in a safe environment. You can get a free version at zoom.us→

Setup Online Giving

Generosity by LifeWay
During this unique and challenging season brought on by COVID-19, Generosity by LifeWay is opening its digital giving platform to all churches immediately. For more information, visit lifewaygenerosity.com/coronavirus→

There are more giving platforms available. Check out Tith.ly→

Kids and Children's Ministry

BCM/D Kid’s Online Community
Check out the “BCM/D Kids” Facebook group for more resources and to share your ideas with other Children’s Ministry leaders.
BCM/D Kids Facebook Group→

LifeWay Kids at Home: A Help for Parents & Kids at Home
Equip your families to study the Bible at home with the FREE LifeWay Kids at Home Digital Pass experience. Access includes a video session along with a downloadable activity page and conversation starters. Register at lifeway.com→

Department of Health

Maryland Department of Health COVID 19 page:

Delaware Department of Health and Wellness COVID 19 page:

Free Training and Checklists

Ministry Grid
With the spread of the coronavirus, LifeWay wants to help churches take the appropriate measures to plan, prepare, and protect their people from the pandemic. In this free training, you will find practical videos, ministry-specific checklists, ready-to-use documents, and a sample pandemic policy all for you to contextualize for your church. Get Started→

BCM/D Statement on the Coronavirus