These ideas give brief, clear, helpful guidance for ministering with people affected by disabilities, especially pastors, elders, deacons, and care team members.
The great reformer, Martin Luther, was a man of towering conviction. But he also knew moments when faith seemed to have faded to a degree that there seemed nothing left.
Bereaved people need strength to cope with irretrievable loss. Perhaps we can start a discussion on these pages of our experiences in bringing Christian comfort.
Have you heard of the Reformed person who says that since Abraham Kuyper said that "every square inch" of this world belongs to Christ, one must venture boldly into every sphere of life with the light of Christ? At first flush it sounds very good.
But what happens...
While rebuilding this pickup I had the opportunity to visit junk yards. Not only did I eventually find all the parts, I made some valuable observations along the way...
What happens to our many young members-at-large?
The name: "Censura Morum." The name and practice have a nobler origin than it would appear...
For you to do your work as a care-giver you need a record-keeping system. In case you don't have one yet, here are some hints.
It would be interesting to see how our churches across the continent select the elders and deacons of their council. Whereas in a by-gone age the procedure was fairly uniform, there is now considerable variety.
Look here for helpful support for Elders!
It has not happened yet. But my mind pictures it, the bad thing that may happen. I experience some of it as if it is already happening.
To be a balanced person is to deal with problems and tasks, but also to safeguard happy thoughts, cherish good moments, and have fun.
Two short words, but behind them a world of regret.
What guidance do children and youth need from parents and the church in navigating the internet?
The ideal is that our young people will feel that they are known, loved and deeply cared for. Allow me ask a few questions about the young people of your congregation...
What does effective church leadership look like? Pastor Jeramie Rinne sets forth an easy-to-understand “job description” for elders drawn from the Bible’s teaching on church leadership.
Inactive members deprive themselves of spiritual blessings, the more since their contact with the congregation will likely be minimal. And churches need their service. What can churches do about this sad reality?
Have you watched people having an animated conversation? Every event related with gusto leads to reciting similar events. Observations, remarks, assertions, and comments outdo each other and are plowed under by further talking.
The Elder is designed to help you understand the calling, qualifications, duties, spiritual disciplines and discern God's call on your life to the Office of Elder.
Ministry to the sorrowing is a worthy part of an elder's calling. But you may well think of it as a difficult task. Here are some thoughts you may consider helpful.
A framework of scriptural leadership competencies and their contemporary equivalents based on an exegesis of 1 Timothy 3 by Matthew Kutz, the Administrative Director for the Foundation Stone Christian Center, Northwood, OH.
Whether you're a first-timer or have years of experience, The Elder's Handbook will help you carry out your ministry with compassion, grace, and effectiveness.
Synod 1910 made some imaginative recommendations to the local church regarding missions. And today, more than a century later, we may take a lesson.
Personally knowing our members gives us insight into the most important question.
Stories have a strange fascination for most of us. A story well-told is a bit of an extension of our individual lives. We can relate to the story teller as well as to the people in the story. The reverse is also true. The story-teller feels affirmed in our attentive ear.