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COVID-19 variously impacts Sunday worship across U.S.
Mar16

COVID-19 variously impacts Sunday worship across U.S.

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (BP)—Since a Washington state school district closed its doors to external groups because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a thriving Southern Baptist church plant of 100 has no place to worship. Instead, the church will livestream its sermon on Facebook for small groups to view in homes Sunday, March 15. “Losing our gathering place for the foreseeable future is certainly impactful, but the issue is not our...

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OBU Moves to Online Learning for Minimum of Two Weeks Following Spring Break
Mar13

OBU Moves to Online Learning for Minimum of Two Weeks Following Spring Break

SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) has moved to online learning for a minimum of two weeks in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. OBU goes on Spring Break from March 16-20 and will then deliver all courses online from March 23-April 3, with a decision coming by March 27 on whether to extend that period of time. Heath A Thomas, OBU president, issued the following statement through email Friday, March 13, regarding...

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Southern Baptist Seminaries move to online classes only in response to COVID-19
Mar13

Southern Baptist Seminaries move to online classes only in response to COVID-19

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all six Southern Baptist seminaries have taken action to move classes online. Secular and religious universities alike are canceling in-person courses in an attempt to deter the spread of COVID-19. The World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic, prompting various responses across the United States to try to slow its spread. As of Thursday afternoon, March...

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LifeWay develops free coronavirus response training resources for churches
Mar11

LifeWay develops free coronavirus response training resources for churches

NASHVILLE (BP)—As the coronavirus spreads in the U.S., congregations are facing a situation many have never considered. In response, the LifeWay Leadership team has developed pandemic response resources that are being made available for free to assist pastors and church leaders at MinistryGrid.com/coronavirus. “Pastors are asking questions about how their churches should react to the coronavirus,” said Todd Adkins,...

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IMB recommends mission volunteers postpone travel due to coronavirus risk
Mar09

IMB recommends mission volunteers postpone travel due to coronavirus risk

In light of the continuing global expansion of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), the International Mission Board’s (IMB) coronavirus task force and senior leadership recommend that mission volunteers from U.S. churches postpone international mission-trip travel through April 30. This date could be extended and will be reevaluated by April 15. IMB also recommends that people who have not yet purchased tickets for future travel wait and...

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SBC Executive Committee staff issues statement on coronavirus
Mar06

SBC Executive Committee staff issues statement on coronavirus

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee staff continues to monitor news regarding the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and assess any potential impact on the SBC Annual Meeting in Orlando this June. As the Annual Meeting organizer, we are committed to creating a safe and responsible gathering, and the health and safety of messengers and attendees are our highest priority. Entities across the SBC...

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Like so many other organizations around the state and country, Oklahoma Baptists are closely monitoring news and information about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).Learn More Here.