With powerful stories and solid biblical exegesis, Amy Sherman unpacks what it means for the church to be a Preview of the coming Kingdom attraction!
So what should deacons be talking about in their meetings? Here’s a list of some key topics that will help deacons give leadership in making sure the congregation stays fresh.
Looking for a short but richly packed starting place for a conversation about how your church might get engaged with community transformation? You couldn't find a better place to look than in this 2 page list of questions and bullet points by Jay Van Groningen.
The church is the sign of the Kingdom, and part of its task is to set out more signs, showing what that Kingdom is like and pointing the way. Read about some signs of transformation.
GIven the recent news that CRWRC will experience a $1.1 million gap in funding this year due to loss of funding from CIDA, I was wondering if deacons/congregations are doing anything to address this particular need, beyond any normally scheduled offerings for CRWRC - scheduling additional...
Saw this on Twitter and thought deacons would be the best group to participate - please fill out this short survey on social action in your church. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S26TQ9Q
Thanks for your input! This information will help many West Michigan organizations engaged in justice...
Data on CRC congregations and pastors from the Third Wave Report continues to nag at me. It appears that routine feedback to pastors from their councils is a very valuable tool! So, wouldn't you think we'd be doing that as one of our "disciplines"? Regularly, everywhere? Every church? ...
I love to read stories about what other churches are doing in their communities - especially when they teach and inspire me to think about what MY church could do! Stories can be resources by themselves AND they can lead the way to MORE resources - especially these stories from CFA!
Let's face it, a good chunk of what deacons traditionally deal with is finances. Whether it is promoting good giving, setting the budget, or overseeing ministries, in the great majority of churches in our denomination this falls squarely under the responsibility of the deacons. Deacons, we are...
In the years that I've been observing deacons in the CRCNA, my impression is that we don't really expect much leadership from our deacons. We have all kinds of reasons for this, but the fact is that it is the exception when deacons give intentional leadership to the congregation.
You may be asking, “What does leadership have to do with my ministry as a deacon? Isn't it the elders and the pastors who lead by ruling?” The more common portrayal of deacons is: deacons are to serve by responding to others when called upon. Of course, there is the expectation that deacons will...
I want to tell you about a book about change that I think is unusually good - it's interesting, it's easy, it's funny, it's profound. And it'll change how you think about change while offering endless ideas for how to use these insights to bring about change in "real life".
In our congregation the deacons meet in November to set the offering schedule for the following year. Using the deacon's helper resource, sifting through the pile of offering requests received throughout the year and sensing the heart of God in the congregation, they prayerfully discern what...
Every once in a while some angry prophet gets in my face, jerks me to attention, and pushes my nose into reality. I desperately want to get away. What I really need to do is trust and obey.
People just aren't as worried about my convenience and my schedule as they should be. People aren't committed to making progress at my pace. People aren't first of all concerned about how wonderful I am because I'm helping them. But the Holy Spirit is at work.
This book talks about relationships that are measured by whether friends have "refrigerator rights". And that's only ONE of the delightful ideas you'll find. The subtitle of the book is "Moving From a Come and See to a GO AND BE CHURCH". ..
Mary's song of hope becomes more challenging when it moves beyond charity for the poor to judgment: “…but he has sent the rich away empty.” How are we to participate in the kingdom activity of sending the rich away empty? I can’t say I have ever heard a sermon about that.
Deacons often build their meetings around problems, needs, shortfalls, and concerns. In a way, that's their job, but the wise deacon has her attitude shaped by graceful abundance, rather than by anxious focus on the problems. So how can one deacon make a difference in how a meeting flows?
"Healthy distance protects us from false intimacy. It protects us from the illusion that we actually have relationships with people we've never met or with places we've never been. False intimacy is one of the great temptations of an age that prides itself on technology that eliminates distance...
Jesus said, "I am among you as one who serves." The word he uses is the word for deacon. This is the pattern of Jesus' ministry. The attitude is as important as the behavior.
Grace demands change; it holds us accountable. How do we do that with fellow humans -- hold this balance between undeserved but conditional? "Grace is undeserved caring that intercepts destructive behavior".
Our church is considering changing the fiscal year from a calander year to one that will coinside with other turnovers within the church, ie; election of officers, school year, ect.
How has your church established it's fiscal year? What are the pros and cons? Why do you have it this...
Let's do everything we can to make this task force a delightful assignment for its members. Will you help? You can start with prayer; you can use the Deacons' Forum; you can respond when they ask for help; and you can talk to your fellow deacons and council members about this task force. Let the deaconal revolution begin!
Here's a church that has thought long and hard about the role of deacon. Here's a job description that expresses that good thinking. AND here's a job opening you need to check out!
I just became aware of the site www.TakeThemAMeal.com which is a "free online tool for coordinating the delivery of meals to someone in need".
Has anyone used this site? It seems like it could be a real time-saver compared to doing it all by phone.