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One year later, pastor reflects on long COVID battle

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (BP) – To say that pastor Zach Lloyd is a walking miracle would be an understatement.

Amid COVID-19, most churches provide hybrid worship, half stopped picnics

(RNS) — Eight in 10 U.S. churches now provide hybrid services, offering options for congregants to worship either in person or online during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

Almost all churches and most churchgoers are now gathering in person

NASHVILLE (BP) – More U.S. Protestant churches are gathering in person since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and pastors say most churchgoers have returned as well.

Few pastors left the pulpit despite increased pressure

NASHVILLE (BP) – Pastors faced increased stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, as churches were frequently forced to adapt overnight. More felt their role was overwhelming at times, yet very few pastors decided to actually leave the ministry in recent years.

Missouri church wins settlement in case over COVID restrictions

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (BP) – Eighteen months after raising objections to restrictions related to COVID-19, Abundant Life Baptist Church reached a settlement Oct. 18 to the tune of $146,750 with the Jackson County, Mo., legislature.

SBC entity heads respond to Biden vaccine mandate

NASHVILLE (BP) -- A number of Southern Baptist leaders are taking a cautious approach to President Joe Biden’s Thursday (Sept. 9) announcement that businesses with 100 or more employees will soon be required to have all employees be vaccinated or tested weekly. Biden said he is aiming at getting 100 million more people vaccinated, believing the strategy will stop the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the U.S.

COVID-19 causes church to change its name

ROCK HILL, S.C. (BP) – The pandemic forced churches across the country to make significant changes, but none were quite like the one at Stony Fork Community Church, formerly known as Outbreak Church.

Kentucky church grieves death of two staff members, days apart

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) – The Center Point Church family has an aching heart and for good reason. It was an unthinkable week with the deaths of two staff leaders – Senior Pastor Tim Parsons and Executive Director Chuck Vellios – coming only days apart.

Georgia pastor embraces ‘faith over fear’ after COVID battle

DUBLIN, Ga. (BP) – After an intense battle with COVID-19 and pneumonia for multiple weeks, Georgia pastor Samuel Rogers rejoices that he has “seen the goodness and kindness of God like I never have before.”

Vaccine mandates raise religious liberty questions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) – As more and more pastors are being asked to provide confirmation of a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine, they are drawing a range of conclusions about whether refusing the vaccine can be a religious liberty issue.