Best Practices for Churches

Real-world examples of faith-based, community, and social organizations communicating well about COVID-19.

Communicating about Health & Safety

  • Put health first: Let worshipers know they can partake in meaningful prayer and receive spiritual guidance and community support even while practicing social distancing. (Examples: Ohr Kodesh Congregation, First Baptist Church, ADAMS Center.)

  • Change with the times: Much is still unknown about the virus that causes COVID-19, and that means changes and new discoveries are made daily. Update your recommendations, closures and other practices in keeping with the best and timeliest advice available from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the like. (Examples: Union Temple of Brooklyn, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, Washington National Cathedral.)

  • Communicate reasons for closure: Despite its inarguable and quick spread across the globe, more than a third of Americans still don't see the coronavirus "as a real threat," according to a recent poll. So even if you think it's obvious, communicate the health-based reasons for your closure, truncated schedule or 100% temporary move to cyberspace. (Examples: Bender JCC, MAS DC Community Center.)

Communicating about Event and Services Cancellations

Communicating to Members

Communicating about Helping Your Community

Trusted Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Get Your Community- and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019

Wheaton College, Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus


Is Your Church Ready for the Coronavirus?

How the church can respond to the coronavirus


The Jewish Exponent: Jewish Coronavirus Updates: Rabbis Warn Against Passover Travel