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Financial Crisis and Assistance for Churches During the COVID-19 Crisis



By Andy Hale

Individuals and families across the world are continuing to adapt to this new normal. Adaptation has been more challenging for others who have faced job loss, medical crisis, or death as a result of the coronavirus.

Local churches also find themselves in a precarious place. A lack of connectivity through weekly worship services, Bible studies, and pastoral visitation have left many feeling disconnected from their churches. As more and more people face economic challenges, the church is on the brink of financial devastation.

As part of the stimulus package passed by Congress, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) offers churches the opportunity for relief. However, the Act raises legal and theological questions for many churches and faith-based organizations.

Working through these questions and other ways churches can begin to navigate these vexing financial waters, we hosted a two-part conversation with the President of the CBF Church Benefits Board, Rob Fox, and CBF’s Associate Coordinator of Partnerships & Advocacy, Stephen Reeves, along with Nathan Edwards of Missional Business Services.

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This podcast episode is brought to you by Fuller Seminary, The Center for Congregational Health, and Equal Exchange.

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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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