Louis TammingaIsolated People

“Is it true?” he asked, “that in American streets one sees houses without people around, talking together?” I answered that was mostly so. He said, “There must be much loneliness in America…” 

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After the call ended and I continued preparing dinner, I quietly gave thanks that she and I were able to celebrate congregationalism together. Isn’t that a delicious oxymoron?

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To be holy is to be separate, different, not mundane, unique, and distinct. God is all of these. Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to move in you to live the holy God has called you to?

August 3, 2015 0 0 comments
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How has this culture of rape, disrespect, and devaluing others entered into our lives and into our congregations?

August 3, 2015 0 0 comments
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Each week or so, we search the web for the most thought-provoking blogs, online articles, book reviews, and resources on faith formation and discipleship. Check them out and add your own!

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Seeing Ralph in the Intensive Care Unit, I was astounded by the peace with which he faces life, death, and the severe limitations his pain and poor lung condition have imposed on him. 

July 30, 2015 1 0 comments
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This workshop, led by Jay Van Groningen, explores local ministry opportunities and challenges, and then plans next steps and actions to engage with those on the margins in your neighborhood.

July 30, 2015 0 0 comments
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I was recently asked to pray before the meal at my niece’s wedding. Afterwards one of my sons told me that I’d “prayed like a pastor.”  It bugged me.  

July 29, 2015 2 2 comments
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"In 1883, laws were taken up to prevent people with disabilities from moving to this country, marrying, or having children. In many instances, it led to the institutionalization and forced sterilization of disabled people." 

July 28, 2015 0 0 comments
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What if churches and church leaders looked at ministry with people with serious mental illnesses not as burdens to be borne but as opportunities from God for ministry? 

July 28, 2015 0 0 comments
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Sign-up for one of the free webinars to learn practical leadership skills, get renewed and refreshed, and be inspired by other leaders from across the US and Canada! 

July 28, 2015 0 0 comments
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Children complain. They are children after all. But valuable skills and character are formed when we are prodded to do things like lessons or household chores. Here are just a few life-long habits to cultivate. 

July 28, 2015 0 0 comments
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I expected CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) to be really difficult, and it is—but not for the reasons I expected. I anticipated emotional distress from being around critically ill people, but instead I found...

July 28, 2015 2 3 comments
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Classis was in the spotlight at synod—in part because of the big structure decision! Synod also asked to take a hard look at the purpose and structure of classis. This is momentous for classis leaders.

July 27, 2015 2 4 comments
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I was telling a church member that I would not be able to attend the retreat because I didn't have the $40.00. I then told one of the leaders I couldn't go this year. Without hesitation, she said...

July 26, 2015 2 1 comments
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Each week, we will be searching the web for the most thought-provoking blogs, online articles, book reviews, and resources on faith formation and discipleship. Check them out and add your own! 

July 24, 2015 3 0 comments
Resource, Website

Do you stream or podcast your worship service? Do you watch other services to get inspiration and be exposed to new ideas? Keep reading to find out more details, including what is legal. 

July 24, 2015 0 0 comments
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It’s easy to be critical of social media. It’s particularly easy to be critical of the person using their phone in church. Are they checking Facebook instead of listening to the sermon?

July 23, 2015 3 2 comments
Resource, Procedure

Church leaders (especially deacons) will find this information helpful in assisting congregation members who need home remodeling for better accessibility. 

July 23, 2015 0 0 comments
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Is Classis a separate organization from the churches it represents? Do we have to be incorporated?

July 23, 2015 0 4 comments
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The story is about the Gospel, and the spread of the Gospel. That story continues today, and it continues through the joint work of Home Missions and World Missions coming together in missional ministry.

July 22, 2015 1 0 comments