COVID-19 and Ministry at Social Distance

Need some ideas or digital tools on how to keep ministering when you can’t gather or get face to face?

The global spread of COVID-19 has required businesses, institutions, ministries and churches to change the way we operate. Many conferences, trainings, meetings, worship services, Bible studies, and other in-person gatherings are being canceled. Some churches have stopped meeting face to face altogether. Many ministries are no longer sending missionaries onto campuses and some entire nations have gone into lockdown. 

But the mission to which God has called us hasn’t changed. Jesus Christ offers life and peace in a world consumed with fear and death. This is a God-ordained moment to step up and help the church pivot in the mindset and traditional approaches to face to face ministry.

Here is a short, curated list of proven ways that digital tools are being used to minister across distance without being face to face.

Pray. Pivot. Get practical.

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

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