I was sexually assaulted by a professor from my Christian undergraduate university. After reporting it to the university, I sought out my church family and other Christian friends for guidance and comfort. What I often received, though, were pointed questions and veiled accusations...
September 14, 201415 commentsBy Robin Michelle Rhodes
There is a growing consensus that most of our churches are waiting until it's 'too late' to begin investing in the development of our leaders, often not beginning until they've already taken on the mantle of their leadership role. But that begs the question, where do we begin?
In 2004, our congregation, embarked on a building program to acquire our own facilities. In addition to the usual building committee, council also appointed a Creation Stewardship Committee tasked with minimizing our impact on the creation.
September 11, 201400 commentsBy Kyle Meyaard-Schaap
A practical resource for assisting church leaders in identifying, understanding and intentionally engaging the fivefold ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers (APEST) that exist within their congregations.
One Sunday morning, sitting in middle of row, Ryan was having a very hard time. Several times, during the sermon, he made shriek-like screams, frightening noises. He was scaring people in church. Pastor Steve wondered what to do.
One thing I've been trying to do in our church is build some ritual into our music. During this process I've discovered something I really like: singing a short song to begin the congregational prayer.
Susie Angel talks about the rejection and the welcome she experienced in churches as a person with cerebral palsy. She says, "God needed me for a purpose to be the way I am, that purpose was to teach able bodied people that it was okay to be different."
Although the description said it was a "Personal Bible," it didn't feel very personal to me... Missing from this Bible were notes about the family favorites—verses and stories passed down through generations—which had warmed our hearts and fed our souls.
Each week coaches from the Next Steps Faith Formation Initiative will be collecting some of the more interesting and thought-provoking blog posts, online articles, book reviews and other resources from around the internet during the past week and sharing them here on the Network.
Many nondisabled people feel anxious in the presence of someone with a disability, so they say nothing and avoid contact. In this publication you will find suggestions that will help educate people about communicating with people with disabilities.