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COVID-19: Churches Emerging Into a New Normal


By Andy Hale

As of the week of April 26, some states across the United States are starting to announce revised restrictions to the stay-at-home orders from the COVID-19 pandemic.

When we emerge into this new normal, the church will need to rethink a lot. What are the short-term and long-term practices that need to change? What are some of the best practices experienced during the crisis that the church needs to continue after restrictions are lifted? How might the church be the presence of Christ to the greater community around them?

To help with this conversation, we sat down with a few church and organizational ministers, including Carrie Veal, the Minister of Children and Community Life at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., Brian Foreman, Executive Director of the Center for Church and Community at Campbell University, and Josh Speight, Manager of Leadership Development for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

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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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