Public Health





Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life in a Lingering Pandemic” (updated 6/8/2021)

Medidas preventivas para el culto y la vida sacramental en una persistente pandemia” (updated 8/19/2021)

Protocols for worship during the COVID-19 pandemic as commended by an ecumenical consultation. Additional resource can be found at or


Resources for Returning to In-Person Worship

Considerations for being church together during the COVID-19 pandemic. | Spanish


Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns: COVID-19/Coronavirus

Considerations for building church community and participating in worship when we cannot gather in person. | Spanish


Prayers for Times of Public Health Concern: COVID-19/Coronavirus

Prayer suggestions that can be adapted for use in your local worship context. | Spanish


How to Stream Your Worship Service

A starter guide for online streaming of your congregation’s worship service or other events. | Spanish


Intercessory Prayers in the Midst of the Spread of COVID-19

A prayer resource offered by the Lutheran World Federation. | Spanish


Guidance for Funeral Practices

A resource for ministering to the bereaved during a public health crisis. | Spanish







Regarding vaccination and individual religious objections to required vaccinations

This resource applies ELCA teaching to questions about public health, vaccination and religious exemptions to vaccines. There is no specific ELCA policy resolution dedicated to vaccination, but in the Lutheran tradition and in ELCA teaching there is no basis for religious exemption. Both the Lutheran heritage and ELCA social teaching documents urge participation in public health efforts because health is a shared endeavor.


Employee Retention Credit FAQ

The Employee Retention Credit is a payroll tax credit that can be claimed by employers who retained and paid qualified wages to employees.


Second round of Paycheck Protection Program Loans available now

The ELCA Federal Credit Union is SBA-certified to offer PPP loans to eligible congregations and ministries, whether it is their first or second draw.


Paycheck Protection Program FAQ II (drafted 1/21)

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ II - Drafted Jan. 15, 2021


Considerations for Electronic Meetings (revised 12/20)

Frequently asked questions regarding appropriate use of technology to conduct the business of your congregation.


Considerations for safely reopening by Church Mutual

Church Mutual offers a webinar, slides and guidelines to prepare and implement a plan to safely reopen churches.


FAQ on Paycheck Protection Program loans

Frequently asked questions regarding congregations and PPP loans. | Watch Video | Spanish


Update and Resources on COVID-19-related Benefits for ELCA Congregations, Synods, Other Ministries and Their Employees

A summary focusing on the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that most directly affect churches and their employees. | Spanish


Guides for Community Assistance Resources by State

ELCA World Hunger offers a set of state-specific one-pagers designed for people to learn how to access things like SNAP, unemployment and other emergency assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.


Summary of CARES Act Provisions

Provisions in the CARES Act that could be of interest to church ministries and church plan members. | Spanish


Families First Coronavirus Response Act — UCC update

A memorandum from the United Church of Christ that summarizes the new provisions in the FFCRA most applicable to churches.


Congregational Planning Checklist for Public Health Concerns

Lutheran Disaster Response details how you and your congregation can plan for the impact of a public health crisis in your church. | Spanish







“Navigating a return to in-person worship | ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on CNN

Previous videos from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton:


Pastoral messages and statements from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton:








VIDEO PLAYLIST: Church Together – Apart: Our Response to COVID-19

Thanks to your gifts to the COVID-19 Response Fund, the church has adapted its ministry to continue to serve those in need around the world. To learn more and donate, visit


ELCA Advocacy and COVID-19

This series of blogs by ELCA Advocacy supports policy discernment and information sharing.


Lutheran Disaster Response | “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”

LDR is responding to the pandemic here in the United States and around the world.


Living Lutheran | Special coverage of COVID-19

Living Lutheran reports on how ELCA communities are responding to the pandemic.


ELCA COVID-19 Response logo files

Use these graphics in newsletters, email or social media to support your community’s COVID-19 response efforts. The files are available in .jpg, .png and .eps formats.


2020 Senior Recognition Ideas

Our high school seniors are missing out on once-in-a-lifetime experiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognize and celebrate your congregation’s graduating seniors with these ideas from ELCA Youth. | Spanish








Faith at Home | Resources from ELCA Faith Formation

This collection of resources supports unique and innovate ways leaders and congregations can adapt to this new reality of ministry.


Faith formation guide

Recommended practices for lifelong faith formation.


Bible study

Resources for you to continue daily discipleship and faith practices from home.


Prayer Ventures

Daily prayers for the life and mission of the church.


Faith Practices — Living Our Baptism

The promises made in holy baptism serve as a guide for practicing Christian faith.



The Revised Common Lectionary provides Scripture readings for Sundays, festivals and daily use.







Now that many congregations are observing social distancing, with some offering online services, members may be concerned about how to support the work of their congregations, synods and churchwide ministries. A majority of ELCA congregations currently offer online giving as an option and all still accept checks. For congregations hoping to establish online giving, the ELCA has negotiated with preferred vendors who can quickly respond with options.







Due to the nature of the virus, information is being updated on a daily basis. We encourage you to contact and listen to your local health experts and authorities concerning best practices and the status of outbreaks in your local context. The following links may also serve as helpful resources.