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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

This page has been created as a repository for the latest information and updates that are applicable to PSD churches and schools.

The situation around COVID-19 is very fluid - the content and resources in these pages can change rapidly based on new developments. PLEASE MONITOR OFFICIAL INFORMATION  AND NEWS REGULARLY FOR CURRENT UPDATES.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Reopening churches

Supreme Court Of The United States Lifts California’s Ban On Indoor Worship

State-specific Resources:

50-State Emergency Order Tracker: Roadmap to Restart

50-State Real Estate Tracker; Mortgage, Rent and Utility Relief


Guidance for Places of Worship

Executive Order 2020-36


Blueprint for A Safer Economy

Includes searchable database by county and activity, including Places of Worship

Guidelines for Reopening Places of Worship


Roadmap to Recovery: Guidelines and Protocols for Individuals and Businesses in Phase 2

Updated guidance for places of worship

Other important resources:

Church Law & Tax resources:

How to Safely Reopen Your Church and Reduce Legal Liability

CDC Resources:

Concordia Plans Resources:

Legal and HR Aspects of Reopening:

NOTE: Church insurance carriers recommend that a church has their own written plan on how they will reopen and the steps they will take to ensure health and safety – and then follow it. Failure to follow an articulated plan (serves as an agreement between parties) could leave churches open to lawsuits.

Reopening Churches

The following are important links you should be checking regularly to keep up with new developments in this program:

Online Giving

online giving resources

GiveCloud from Lutheran Federal Credit Union - a comprehensive online giving solution

5 of the Best Church Online Giving Platforms

Online giving for congregations from Vanco

Church Giving Tools from Kindrid

Giving by check, cash

  • Communicate with your congregation to continue their stewardship as best they can.

  • Ask congregants who do not want to use online giving options to drop off offerings at your office or mail them.


lcef, psd & other financial resources

LCEF Resources

If you have a loan with Lutheran Church Extension Fund and have financial concerns at this time please contact Tyler Fewins, LCEF Vice President for the PSD.


PSD Resources

In addition to LCEF resources mentioned above, limited emergency assistance may be available from PSD for congregations and schools experiencing a financial emergency due to the pandemic. Contact Jon Niederbrach for further information. 

The Pacific Southwest District is partnering with LCMS Office of National Mission, the Lutheran Church Extension Fund and a multitude of generous donors to support our church workers by providing Soldiers of the Cross (SOC)—Amplified grants to individuals who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID‐19 pandemic. For this “amplified” version of the longstanding SOC program, the definition of “church workers” has been expanded to include not only rostered church workers (DCEs, DCOs, educators, pastors, deaconesses, etc.), but also lay workers (teacher assistants, secretaries, maintenance, etc.) who are currently working for an LCMS entity or who recently worked for an LCMS entity and were furloughed due to the pandemic. See more information here on the Soldiers of the Cross program.

Handling Renters

handling renters of your facilities/property during the covid-19 crisis

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