A simple square can serve as a profound reminder of the foundational pattern Jesus used for developing leadership in His disciples. It is a model that is easily applied to any relationship, setting, circumstance or demographic, and is infinitely flexible and scalable.
There are times reading the Bible when particular words, phrases, and sentences penetrate my heart and mind in ways others don't. Recently, I spent a few weeks meditating on a prayer written by the apostle Paul...
I don’t want to pressure him, yet at the same time I want to guide him and lead him in his faith formation. I want to help him learn to be a disciple of Jesus. It’s a fine balance for sure. I’m doing my best to walk the balance, not pushing too hard...
A fellow pastor mused about leaving the Christian Reformed Church as a classis. As I reflected on this, I came to see that my connection to Classis was different from my relationship with other ecclesiastical bodies.
Many pastors and churches would like to focus their missionary outreach by concentrating on fewer but deeper missionary support relationships, but currently have a larger number of superficial ones. How do you get from here to there?
September 2, 201400 commentsBy Steve Van Zanen
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It would be interesting to see how our churches across the continent select the elders and deacons of their council. Whereas in a by-gone age the procedure was fairly uniform, there is now considerable variety.