“The ‘As You Are Initiative’ is mobilizing thousands of willing Christ-followers just like you to start, growing and multiplying ‘come as you are’ leaders to lead ‘come as you are' churches. Is the CRC ready to be part of such a movement?
We've just had a service in which elders and deacons were installed. I noticed that nothing was said about officebearers keeping inviolate all that has been entrusted to them in confidence. Any thoughts?
This is the final blog in a five part book review series on the books by Mike Breen and the 3DM Team on missional communities. Today, Ruth Kelder shares her report on Breen’s newest book, Covenant and Kingdom and how the "assignment" to read it gave her valuable, new insights about scripture.
Does your minister have a "Continuing Education" line item as part of their compensation package? One church called recently and wondered how they could ensure that their minister used the funds each year for the primary purpose.
This survey focused on United Methodist clergy, but I would guess that it's conclusions are broadly applicable to clergy from many denominations. "Answering God's call shouldn't be bad for your health. But for about half of all ordained United Methodist clergy, it is."
This is part four of a five part book report series on Mike Breen and the 3DM team’s books on missional communities. The reports have been prepared by leaders who are on the journey of developing a discipleship ministry in their churches...
In a classical discussion the people arguing against a proposed classical staff position pointed out that churches already have lots of resources available to them. Now, there is one less resource for congregations to access.
We’ve built our online community on the idea that sometimes the best help comes from people who are doing similar work and struggling with the same questions. As we share our experience and our resources, we help strengthen the church for ministry...
This post written by Bernita Tuinenga, Co-Executive Director of Volunteers in Service (based in Grand Rapids, MI), explains and addresses the problem of enabling behavior that too often characterizes how we do and understand diaconal ministry.