Danielle Steenwyk-RowaanAdvocacy Works: Breaking the Chains

Last year I had an opportunity that helped me to see that I can be an advocate. I attended the Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. to learn how to talk with our leaders effectively.

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While the article centers on some of the tensions and debates at the school, I think that many of the topics explored are also at play in our wider denominational landscape.

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Ahhhh…it’s Lent! What am I going to do with my middle school kids? That was me last week, and once again, God provided a lesson that reached my kids and I wanted to share it with you. 

March 2, 2017 1 2 comments
IN: Prayer

It doesn't matter if we're young, or just think we are young, but man oh man life holds on by an awfully thin thread. Every day is a gift worth treasuring. Every day. 

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Two days after this January’s presidential inauguration, our liturgy included singing this sentence: “I see a generation rising up to take its place with selfless faith.” I suddenly heard my voice go silent. 

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I've seen people struggle to make adjustments to living and ministering in Florida. I've seen ministries not connect to their local community because they aren't willing to get a little sand in their shoes.

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The Professing Our Faith toolkit offers practical, creative resources for encouraging a culture of commitment in your church, preparing people to profess their faith, planning a welcoming council conversation and more. 

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If you want to focus your heart on the need for the the cross and prepare yourself to experience Easter anew this year, subscribe to Today and let “Focus on the Cross” encourage you in this season of Lent.

February 28, 2017 1 0 comments

Here are some great tools for pastors and church planters who want to learn to fully include people with disabilities. 

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We are rethinking our church committee job descriptions. Does anyone have a worship task force job description that works well? 

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The new short board book, found (yes, all lowercase letters) by Sally Lloyd-Jones, is a great way to introduce kids to Psalm 23. I can see this book as a great bedtime book for a toddler. 

February 27, 2017 1 0 comments

Our church is considering recognizing the birthdays of all our members. Do other church Administrative Assistants have experience with this and/or suggestions about how to proceed?

February 27, 2017 1 7 comments

If you are looking for a new church, don’t make up your mind before you even begin. Be open to being surprised about where God will use you—even if the building or worship style looks way different than you imagined.

February 27, 2017 4 0 comments

Our stately, traditional church building and dated signage gave the impression that the people inside were old, boring, and stoic. Our new image is fresh, modern, welcoming, and rooted in our identity.

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Using “missional” as an adjective doesn't change the church's identity but attempts to serve as a reminder of what she's always been. The term neither excludes evangelism nor is synonymous with social justice efforts.

February 23, 2017 1 3 comments

Children learn through observation, but they learn best through participation! Check out this new tool that offers 10 meaningful ways to involve kids in worship.

February 23, 2017 1 0 comments

This year we want to invite you to practice confession, lament, and doing justice during Lent. On the Do Justice blog, you'll find an introduction to those disciplines and a weekly Lent plan to incorporate them.  

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I am looking for some resources and opportunities to do some education in the areas of spiritual health and intellectual growth. What are pastors doing these days?

February 22, 2017 1 5 comments

When worship leaders gather to discuss renewal in worship, conversation easily turns to music. Who should lead? What instruments should be used? Perhaps we can learn a few things from the Reformation. 

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Small congregations are questioning their viability given program rich congregations that are just around the corner. But I'd like to share 6 things small churches can learn from a mom and pop grocer by my house.

February 21, 2017 1 1 comments

A truly safe church environment is one where the congregation is aware of the many ways in which abuse is normalized in both secular and Christian cultures and is prepared to help survivors.  

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