I believe one of the biggest problems in churches and denominations today is their inability to have difficult conversations well. Here are three critical things people must do to have any hope of success in crucial conversations.

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When I began this job, I understood the basic tasks involved. What I did not know was how the words, comments, and questions from this community would challenge and inspire me. 

December 30, 2015 5 5 comments
IN: Pastors, IN: Worship

Garrett broke the silence with a question that caught me off guard. “ Pastor Brian, do you think you could sing me a song—a hymn or something—that would help me settle into a place of peace?”

December 30, 2015 4 1 comments
IN: Elders, IN: Synod

About a month ago, we received an email from our Stated Clerk to discuss the 3 Synodical Study Committee reports. My question is: how do I best lead these discussions?  

December 29, 2015 0 2 comments

In this article, the Autism Society asks all faith leaders to answer the call and support over 3.5 million people with Autism Spectrum Disorders in inclusive faith communities.

December 29, 2015 0 0 comments

It is a busy time of year. But it is also a season of reflection. As we think to the future, can we be optimistic? King David was confident to see God's goodness in the land of the living. Are you?

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Who wants to listen to people prattle on about “God’s will” when, frankly, they don’t have a clue what the mind of God is with regard to any particular situation? 

December 28, 2015 0 3 comments
IN: Deacons, IN: Elders

At our elders meeting we were discussing the need to provide leadership training for potential elders or deacons that haven't yet felt qualified or inspired to serve. Do materials exist?

December 28, 2015 0 17 comments

In May 2016, churches in Canada will gather to connect and inspire the local church, regional missions, and denominational ministries at the Canadian National Gathering in Waterloo, ON. 

December 22, 2015 0 0 comments

Too often we talk about Christmas with the assumptions of privilege, leaving people who are not in an emotionally or financially stable situation feeling ashamed and isolated. 

December 22, 2015 1 0 comments

From Simeon, “a man in Jerusalem”, we can learn how to celebrate the coming of the Son of God: with depth and breadth. 

December 22, 2015 0 0 comments
IN: Prayer

It's Ministry Question Monday! Do you have ideas for helping people develop prayer lives that go beyond Sundays? 

December 21, 2015 2 1 comments

When those kids come to Youth Group we need to know them on a "first name" basis only. They need a chance to be themselves and create their own persona rooted in Christ.

December 21, 2015 2 0 comments

I tried to go about my business but phrases from their conversation made me think, “Ah, these are ministry people.” I wondered, are these guys listening to the students they hope to impact?

December 21, 2015 0 0 comments

Paul embraced his calling to deliver cheer seriously and winsomely. I praise God that he allowed me the privilege of becoming Paul’s friend.

December 21, 2015 3 8 comments

Enjoy this recording of a webinar on how to lead English as Second Language (ESL) Bible study.

December 21, 2015 0 0 comments

Cadillac CRC, a vibrant church in scenic Northern Michigan, is seeking a Lead Pastor.

December 20, 2015 0 0 comments

 First CRC in Edmonton, Alberta Canada is seeking a full time Pastor. We are seeking a relational and creative leader who can walk with our congregation as we seek to follow Christ.

December 18, 2015 0 0 comments

Choose words that convey ownership. They show that your church is playing an active role on the global mission field, not just giving financial support towards one of many causes. 

December 18, 2015 0 0 comments

Before the presents were neatly wrapped in bows, did you and your spouse have a discussion about Christmas? Specifically, did you set a limit on the number of gifts to give each child? 

December 18, 2015 0 0 comments
IN: Prayer

We don’t hear many prayers these days for a fresh season of spiritual renewal. Speaking for myself, I tend to equate such prayers with fundamentalists. Shame on me. 

December 18, 2015 1 1 comments