A COVID-19 Q&A For Church Leaders

In these Q&A videos made in partnership with Meeting TENTS (Meeting The Everyday Needs To Survive), Dr. Danielle Walker (Co-founder of Meeting TENTS and Public Health Specialist) addresses current questions church leaders may have about COVID-19, testing accuracy, masks, how to prepare for a potential outbreak, and more.


Dr. Danielle Walker

Public Health Specialist, Co-founder of Meeting TENTS

Joey Walker

Co-founder of Meeting TENTS



We are grateful to have partnered once more with Meeting TENTS (Meeting The Everyday Needs To Survive) to share important COVID-19 considerations for pastors and their teams to help their church communities stay prepared, safe, and feel empowered as they resume in-person gatherings.

In these Q&A videos made in partnership with Meeting TENTS, Dr. Danielle Walker (Co-founder of Meeting TENTS and Public Health Specialist) addresses current questions church leaders may have about COVID-19, how to prepare for a potential outbreak, testing accuracy, masks, and more.

Watch the Q&A videos below, then download a helpful flowchart for responding to cases in your church.

COVID-19 Q&A With Dr. Danielle Walker | Part 1 & 2

In Part 1 & 2, Dr. Danielle Walker addresses the following questions:

  1. If I have been around someone who has COVID but have tested negative, does that mean I am completely free from the virus?
  2. How do we define close contact?
  3. How accurate is the testing that we have at the moment?
  4. Is a mask proven to be effective?
  5. Is this virus as bad as people are making it out to be?
  6. Should we just let the virus run its course?
  7. Will the vaccine solve the virus?

PART 1

PART 2

COVID-19 Q&A With Dr. Danielle Walker | Part 3 & 4

In Part 3 & 4, Dr. Danielle Walker addresses the following questions:

  1. What can churches do to prepare for an outbreak that may happen?
  2. If you were giving words of wisdom to church leaders across the world, what would you say?

PART 3

PART 4

COVID-19 Church Outbreak Response Flowchart

Below, download a flowchart to help leaders respond to COVID cases that may arise in their congregations.

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Additional COVID-19 Resources:

Public Health Plea To The American Church From Meeting TENTS

When We Gather: Public Health Considerations For Reopening From Meeting TENTS

Church Checklist From Meeting TENTS

Hand Washing Poster From The Centers For Disease Control (CDC)

Stay Home When Sick Poster From The Centers For Disease Control (CDC)

Recent CDC Study On Symptomatic Transmission From The Centers For Disease Control (CDC)

COVID-19 Transmission & FAQs From The World Health Organization (WHO)

Meeting TENTS Service Request & Resources

About Meeting TENTS & Dr. Danielle And Joey Walker

Dr. Danielle and Joey Walker grew up in the Vineyard family and are members at Vineyard Anaheim. Dr. Walker is a professor of public health and health science and Director of Lifetime Wellness at Biola University. She is also a certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and recently certified in COVID-19 Emergency Response. Prior to being a professor and co-leading Meeting TENTS, she worked for the CDC in the Division of Infectious Disease in the HIV care program for the State of Maine. Joey has 10 years experience working full time in pastoral and management roles in churches both large and small.

Danielle and Joey co-founded Meeting TENTS, a global health organization, which exists to improve the quality of life in communities by using data-driven public health models to guide them in Meeting The Everyday Needs To Survive.

They have a heart for pastors and churches and want to provide resources, in partnership with Vineyard Anaheim, that will help the church community stay safe and feel empowered as they begin planning a reintegration process of people back to in-person gatherings.

Learn more about Meeting TENTS here.

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A Note From Vineyard USA: While we do not claim to know the best steps for each church as they look ahead to reopening, we do hope that hearing from experts, pastors, and leaders will help you discern the process within your local context.