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Angelyn KuiperFamilies First

Where are seeds of faith first planted by the Holy Spirit? Within the family! But the church also partners with the family in this process. Keep reading to find ways to help parents nurture faith. 

October 6, 2015 1 1 comments

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The word ‘faithful’ has grown in meaning. It used to just refer to faith. Someone who had a lot of faith and lived faith consistently was ‘faithful.” Now being faithful means more...

September 8, 2015 2 0 comments

Leaders are asking questions about developing and growing adult small group discipleship ministries. What are your questions? See how the questions fit together with other leadership questions.  

September 8, 2015 1 0 comments

I once spent 18 months working at an emergency children’s shelter. These children came with many stories and traumas. Yet I saw firsthand the transformative power of love and care... 

September 8, 2015 1 5 comments

These two brief videos featuring people with disabilities talking about their jobs and a journal article make the same point in very different ways: don't be afraid to hiring people who have disabilities. 

September 8, 2015 0 0 comments

Lesli is the newest member of the team, serving seven Classes in Ontario, Canada. Look for more interviews with Regional Catalyzers in the weeks ahead!

September 8, 2015 2 0 comments

Do you get a day off if you are unemployed? No, until you're hired, there's no taking off from unemployment. 

September 8, 2015 2 1 comments

What is our music teaching about consequences of sin? Despite their catchy melodies, I’ve never liked these songs because of the way they talk about sin. Sin does matter. I am not flawless. 

September 8, 2015 1 6 comments

Faith Community CRC of Colton, SD, is in search of a pastor who would be willing to serve 3/4 time for this small congregation just 20 miles north of Sioux Falls. 

September 4, 2015 0 0 comments

Rather than feeling guilty about the places where I am failing as a parent, I am resolving to take small steps to pass on my faith to them. I'm starting with "lunch box notes"... 

September 3, 2015 2 0 comments

Is it theologically careless to use the term "Muslim brothers and sisters"? If so, is there a better term that we can apply?

September 3, 2015 0 1 comments

What light and effective percussion instruments are a good option for churches to purchase? What percussion instruments would be good for kids? Let's dive into these questions together! 

September 3, 2015 1 0 comments

Many deacons learn and make mistakes as they go. I certainly did when I was first a deacon in the mid-1970s. Many deacons don’t know what they are doing and don’t know where to turn for help. 

September 3, 2015 0 0 comments

Instead of functioning largely as "lone rangers", the approved changes invite deacons to equip and provide opportunities for members of the congregation to participate in diaconal work. 

September 2, 2015 1 0 comments

What should be included in a new member's class? Please share your ideas, best practices - and maybe things to avoid - in developing a new members class.    

September 2, 2015 1 6 comments

Check out these suggestions and ideas from the Ministry Tools Resource Center on how to use puppets as a teaching method for Sunday School! 

September 1, 2015 0 0 comments

When a missionary retires, churches face the difficult task of how to use the newly-freed funds. Oftentimes, this decision ends up being made subjectively. Try these questions to make objective decisions. 

September 1, 2015 0 1 comments

Sometimes the scheduled newscasts consist of nothing but sad and bad news. Would the listeners feel the pain of these tragedies? Violence is so widespread, the killings so many...

September 1, 2015 1 2 comments

Speaking from the experience of the rise and fall of a Disabilities Support Group my wife and I initiated in 2011, I'll reflect on what went well and also the feedback on ways we could've improved... 

September 1, 2015 0 0 comments

Does your congregation welcome children to the Lord's Supper but also offer a children's ministry program during worship? If so, find ideas for how to make this transition go smoothly! 

August 31, 2015 2 0 comments

I’m a huge fan of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Lately I've seen a trend where sermons focus on the older brother instead of on the grace and forgiveness shown to the younger brother. 

August 31, 2015 2 7 comments