Attitudes need monitoring, as does atmosphere. A detector for real smoke checks the atmosphere for clarity at regular intervals and if needed, sounds an alert. How is this done in churches?
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Prejudice has a long shelf life. Chances are that you (and I) keep prejudice neatly tucked away under the cover of noble virtues, traditions or plain thoughtlessness.
February 2, 2015 1 0 comments
Youth ministry becomes less initmidating when we think of it in terms of movement and direction. Movement: getting them started or involved. Direction: pointing them in the right direction.
February 2, 2015 0 0 comments
To help attendees and leaders walk in the sandals of the people in the Bible stories, Director and Small Group Leader Julie Baker uses maps, photographs, and her experiences...
February 1, 2015 0 0 comments
While talking with a church council, it became clear that few members could remember a time when their church felt engaged and motivated by classis. Few knew much about classis at all.
January 30, 2015 0 3 comments
Discussion Topic
This week the CRC launched a new experiment in crowdfunding. Is this the way we should do denominational publishing?
January 28, 2015 1 6 comments
One in four females and one in six males will be sexually abused by the time they reach 18. Are they missing from our congregations?
January 28, 2015 2 3 comments
Starting a new church community is not an easy task. We can get so caught up in our methodology that we miss the mission of the church.
January 28, 2015 2 2 comments
IN: Elders
Everyone knows what it means to be “the other”. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, had that in mind. “Each of you should look not only to his own interest, but also to the interest of others.”
January 28, 2015 2 0 comments
Like Jonah, all of us are created to be in relationship. We thrive in communities where we are both held accountable when we need reminding, and held in loving arms when we need comfort.
January 27, 2015 2 0 comments
Young Adults are increasingly hesitant to stand in front of a congregation and commit to a community of faith because there are other churches and doctrines that they have yet to explore.
January 27, 2015 1 0 comments
Resource, Song
PraiseCharts and the Christian Song Competition have whittled the field down to 25 songs and voting is open to the public.
January 26, 2015 1 0 comments
In our very broken world, training up a child is not an easy task. How could our church communities be more helpful to parents?
January 25, 2015 1 2 comments
To me, God working for the good of his people, is not exactly the same as working for my good. Does the subjectivity of the word "good" cause you any doubt?
January 25, 2015 0 3 comments
Resource, Article
Talking to your congregation could be considered internal communications, while speaking to potential visitors and your community might be external.
January 23, 2015 0 0 comments
Over time our official descriptions of what pastors do have grown longer. The latest evidence is a recommendation to add engaging in “the work of diaconal outreach” to the list.
January 21, 2015 0 3 comments
Thoughts regarding the role of a deacon from Romans 1.
January 21, 2015 0 0 comments
Resource, Job Opening
First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, NJ is seeking a Director of Youth & Family Ministries.
January 20, 2015 0 0 comments
Resource, Policy or Guidelines
Churches are encouraged to use legal counsel for creating bylaws but this sample may be a great place to start.
January 20, 2015 0 0 comments
Resource, Policy or Guidelines
The Key Federal Tax Figures displays variables from previous fiscal years to the current fiscal year.
January 20, 2015 0 0 comments
Recent youth ministry studies suggest that we may not be acting intentionally enough about helping kids transition through our programs. How can we facilitate better transitions?
January 19, 2015 1 5 comments