News – COVID-19

Cancellation of the 2020 California Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting topped items of business at the CSBC Executive Board meeting held virtually on Sept. 10.

After two court rulings over the weekend, Grace Community Church again met indoors for worship Sunday (Aug. 16), continuing its defiance of a government order banning large indoor meetings and singing during meetings.

Two San Jose churches have filed a federal lawsuit claiming a coronavirus-related ban of indoor worship violates their First Amendment rights.

When businesses and schools shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, some California churches ramped up ministry to the neediest members of their communities.

Forward, a 3-year-old church plant averaging 50-70 in worship before the COVID-19 shutdown, has seen at least 20 people accept Christ and become involved with the church through its online ministry during the pandemic.

These resources are meant to assist children’s and student ministry leaders in discipling their groups this summer in light of traditional LifeWay summer camps being canceled due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak.

It increases the loan forgiveness period from eight to 24 weeks, reduces the payroll requirement from 75 percent to 60 percent, raises the loan repayment period from two to five years and extends the June 30th rehiring deadline.

California Baptist University moving all classes online during COVID-19 emergency; remote instruction begins March 30 with spring semester extended one week through May 2

GuideStone Financial Resources has created a resource to answer questions that churches and other non-profit organizations — and their employees — may have about how the recently passed CARES Act affects those employed in a ministry setting.

LifeWay CEO Ben Mandrell cited a steep and steady decline of sales since mid-March, as well as uncertainty in the ability to host camps and events this summer as reasons for [implementing a series of budgetary freezes cutbacks and staff reductions.]