COVID-19

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We are Here for You

Your Utah Idaho Southern Baptist Convention ministry leaders continue to closely monitor the progress of COVID-19, the coronavirus, in countries around the world and here in our two states of Idaho and Utah. It has been amazing to see so many of our churches find creative ways to continue serving their members and communities. We hope this landing page will be a place you will turn to for updated resources and links to ideas you can use to weather this current storm.

Let us know how we can help. Our prayers are that all of us stay safe and informed while still bringing the life transforming message of the gospel across Idaho and Utah.

Official Statement on Covid-19 from UISBC Staff

There is a lot of information that is going out about COVID-19, more commonly known as Coronavirus or novel Coronavirus (nCoV). Here is a link from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) if you want to know more about what this virus really is. CDC COVID-19 Current Information

UPDATE (3/25): The CDC has also provided a resource directly geared for Faith Based organizations on this page with suggested guidelines for gatherings and ministry to members of their congregation: CDC Interim Guidance for Faith Based Leaders

Our convention staff has made an official response to COVID-19 in a letter sent to churches and pastors on Thursday, March 12, 2020. You can read that letter here. UISBC Letter in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

We encourage all Southern Baptist Congregations to continue to pray for our national leaders as they seek to find a solution to this current crisis. 

Links you might find helpful as your church decides how it will respond in the days and weeks ahead:

National and State Convention Partner Resources

One of the great things about being part of the larger SBC family is that we can benefit from partner state conventions and national partners like LIfeWay, NAMB/SendRelief, and the SBC Executive Committee, along with Baptist Press, to gain the latest information possible. Here are some links to the pages dedicated to news, information, and critical resources that will help your church serve your communities during our current crisis.

LifeWay Christian Resources COVID-19 response Resource page

Baptist Press, Official News source of the SBC
• Check out this article about our recent Utah Earthquake

Southern Baptists of Texas COVID-19 Resource page
The great staff of SBTC has offered the communications and technology staff to any church in Utah and Idaho that reaches out to them.
They will consult with you to provide help • Getting your services online • Chaplaincy services • Pastoral Care • Online Giving Platforms

Georgia Baptist Mission Board COVID-19 Resource page
Georgia Baptists' Northwest Region is partnering with our state convention, and they also have volunteered their entire state convention staff to help consult with Utah and Idaho churches that need assistance during these difficult days, regardless of region they are located.  This page has a complete list of all the webinars and video training they produced to help churches continue to serve their communities.