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! 

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Centrepointe Community CRC in Edmonton, AB, is looking for a spiritual leader who will provide creative leadership through preaching and pastoral care. 

July 12, 2015 0 0 comments

As children’s ministry leaders we want our programs to be inviting for everyone—including children with learning and behavioral challenges. How do we connect with the children who respond in unanticipated ways? 

July 9, 2015 0 0 comments

We wanted to provide leaders with great ideas for inviting people to Coffee Break and for creating a Coffee Break culture that was inviting. So, once again, we went to the experts...

July 9, 2015 1 0 comments

Though we talk about the meaning of marriage, we rarely discuss what the ceremony itself says about our theology of marriage. In other words, how is a Christian view of marriage expressed in how we get married?

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Trinity CRC in Rock Valley, Iowa, is searching for a Worship Coordinator. This individual is responsible for developing, coordinating, and maintaining meaningful worship through liturgy and music. 

July 8, 2015 0 0 comments
IN: Elders

I am the newly elected president and one member has raised a concern that our executive committee includes both of our pastoral staff. What is the appropriate membership?

July 8, 2015 0 5 comments

There are many different scenarios in which the name or title is important. We might base decisions on which books to read or movies to see based upon a name. But what about sermons, how important is the name

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Shinsil believes creating a safe place is so important that twice a year she asks group members to raise their right hand and pledge to keep the ground rules—which includes confidentiality.

July 7, 2015 0 0 comments

The Paris meetings will likely provide a once-in-a-decade opportunity for the CRCNA to further implement Synod 2012’s powerful statement on climate change, calling for involvement and advocacy at all levels.

July 7, 2015 1 3 comments

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 7, 2015 1 2 comments

The Climate Witness Project, an effort of the CRCNA, is being implemented by the Office of Social Justice in cooperation with other CRC and ecumenical partners. As part of the plan, 10 part-time local organizers need to be hired. 

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Volunteers at Family Retreat, also called Short-Term Missionaries (STMs), often go believing that they will serve and bless a family, which they do. However, STMs come away immensely blessed also. 

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If summer mission trips are so life changing for the young people, what do those they are going to “serve” get out of it? Might we be using the community for our own transformation?

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IN: Prayer

I challenged them to recite the Apostle's Creed without letting their mind wander. As it was, I actually promised them a million dollars if they could report the next morning that they had been completely successful...

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Harry had been coming to church for months, but I didn’t really know him. When he said he was thinking about playing guitar with the worship team, I hope my face did not reveal my incredulity. 

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When they arrived in India, they discovered that many of the missionaries were discouraged. It is often difficult on the frontier of ministry. Find out how Coffee Break brought encouragement and renewed focus! 

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The Korean Coffee Break conference in Southern California is being attended by Coffee Break leaders from many interesting places! This post features Coffee Break leaders in Mexico. 

July 2, 2015 0 0 comments

There is one space that makes me nervous. I can’t rearrange it or make sure it’s painted my favorite colors. I’m just asked to trust that it will be perfect, with no weeping or sorrow or pain.

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Elmhurst CRC would like to donate their old Psalter Hymnals to a needy church or organization. The church has somewhere between 400-500 books, printed in 1988. 

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He said it with such conviction: “High schoolers don’t need another reason to feel like they’re the best thing this world has to offer.” I’ll never forget the way my jaw hit the floor. Where was this coming from?

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