Organizing and planting a new church requires careful planning and implementation. Keep reading to find practical help on the legal and financial aspects of organizing. 

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Seeing Ralph in the Intensive Care Unit, I was astounded by the peace with which he faces life, death, and the severe limitations his pain and poor lung condition have imposed on him. 

July 30, 2015 3 4 comments

I was recently asked to pray before the meal at my niece’s wedding. Afterwards one of my sons told me that I’d “prayed like a pastor.”  It bugged me.  

July 29, 2015 3 2 comments

"In 1883, laws were taken up to prevent people with disabilities from moving to this country, marrying, or having children. In many instances, it led to the institutionalization and forced sterilization of disabled people." 

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What if churches and church leaders looked at ministry with people with serious mental illnesses not as burdens to be borne but as opportunities from God for ministry? 

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Children complain. They are children after all. But valuable skills and character are formed when we are prodded to do things like lessons or household chores. Here are just a few life-long habits to cultivate. 

July 28, 2015 1 1 comments

I expected CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) to be really difficult, and it is—but not for the reasons I expected. I anticipated emotional distress from being around critically ill people, but instead I found...

July 28, 2015 2 5 comments

Classis was in the spotlight at synod—in part because of the big structure decision! Synod also asked to take a hard look at the purpose and structure of classis. This is momentous for classis leaders.

July 27, 2015 2 4 comments

I was telling a church member that I would not be able to attend the retreat because I didn't have the $40.00. I then told one of the leaders I couldn't go this year. Without hesitation, she said...

July 26, 2015 3 1 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 24, 2015 3 0 comments

Do you stream or podcast your worship service? Do you watch other services to get inspiration and be exposed to new ideas? Keep reading to find out more details, including what is legal. 

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It’s easy to be critical of social media. It’s particularly easy to be critical of the person using their phone in church. Are they checking Facebook instead of listening to the sermon?

July 23, 2015 3 2 comments

Church leaders (especially deacons) will find this information helpful in assisting congregation members who need home remodeling for better accessibility. 

July 23, 2015 0 0 comments

Is Classis a separate organization from the churches it represents? Do we have to be incorporated?

July 23, 2015 0 4 comments

The story is about the Gospel, and the spread of the Gospel. That story continues today, and it continues through the joint work of Home Missions and World Missions coming together in missional ministry.

July 22, 2015 1 0 comments

The ‘good ole days’ may tell the story of how front porches were the norm. That is a far cry from the backyard concept where neighbours find their privacy.

July 22, 2015 1 0 comments

Recent research has been pushing ministry leaders to consider how their congregations are developing and supporting lifelong pathways of faith formation/discipleship. We'd love for you to join the conversation!

July 22, 2015 0 0 comments

2015 여름—장애인들과 함께하는 대학생들을 다룬. 이번 호는 그들이 어떻게 믿음과 제자도에서 성장했는지를 설명해 주고있다.

July 22, 2015 0 0 comments

Join us for Coffee Break Cafe, where Small Group and Children's Ministry Leader's gather for inspiration, shared learning, and to exchange best practices. A continental breakfast and lunch are included.

July 21, 2015 0 0 comments

With the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the CRC and RCA are highlighting this significant civil rights legislation by reaffirming their full support of people with disabilities. 

July 21, 2015 0 0 comments

If you had to sum up some of the most important, core teachings of the Christian faith, what would you summarize and how would you phrase it? Recently, Groundwork hosts took a look at these “faithful sayings”...

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