How will the CRC's new Five Streams vision impact your congregation?
This helpful process will keep you focused on serving the person you are visiting.
Friendships never stand alone. Friendship is a special room in the bigger house of relationships.
What is the role of the church to excercise influence and power in society?
Of all the hardships people suffer, loneliness presses hardest. How will you care for lonely people during this season of Lent?
When bad news comes, those title words still immediately race across my mind. Perhaps there are those who always know exactly what to say, and that I guess would be nice...
There has been much discussion about what age to begin this process (grade 3) and the resources that should be offered to children and parents as preparation, but what about the older baptized member?
No two churches are alike. One important reason is that churches have their own personality. And that is mostly determined by the unique atmosphere that prevails in churches.
Do you have mandates for your work as elders and deacons? Do you regularly review the vision of your ministry? Have you looked at how the Manual of Christian Reformed Church Government defines your responsibilities?
When thinking back of your last Council meeting, could you say, “Yes, that was a pretty good meeting” …?
"... no office-bearer shall lord it over another office-bearer." -- Article 85 of the CRC Church Order. Elders and Deacons belong together, their offices compliment each other, their tasks, though distinct, have the same purpose: building the Church of Christ.
When you become an elder (or a deacon or a minister) you will experience a change at least in one respect: you will become more aware of the need to be discreet.
I would like to offer a roundtable on this topic in the Chicagoland area.
Yes, you knew that you should make that sick-visit but you postponed it. But think about this... it could be your best half hour.
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you a stranger and invited you in ...? “When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you …?” (from Matthew 25)
Here is a truism...: Pastors and elders must regularly discuss both the quality of the worship services and the pastors' sermons.
Greetings Everyone! I am wondering if anyone knows if there is some sort of records or database regarding how many churches in the CRC have made the transition from a traditional Council structure to a model where Elders and Deacons are split into administrative and pastoral type roles? (...
We have a family requesting transfer to another CRC they have been attending for 7 years. They were declared lapsed in 2009. Is it still appropriate to send a letter of transfer?
Some of you may have just been nominated to be an elder. Others remember their own recent nomination. And all of us remember the very early stages of being an elder. Even experienced elders will not always feel comfortable with the office and even fewer would think of themselves as 'veterans'...
One reason for leaving mentioned more than once was: so many members don't feel warmly part of the fellowship of the congregation. You as elders can play a helpful role in that respect.
Most well-established denominations lose members. We have talked about it. Last summer's synod has talked about it. We have tried to find the causes. We wondered what to do about it. Church-growth creates its own momentum. Growth creates an atmosphere of growth. Is the opposite also true?
For the next several months I will participate with you as readers/writers in talking about the work of elders. We will consider questions and observations around situations you may face. No two situations are quite alike, but there are also many similarities and so we can share experiences, consider possibilities, learn together and even advise each other.
When a person who has served as in elder in a CRC, and therefore has already signed the Covenant for Office Bearers there, moves to a new CRC and is elected elder, does he need to sign the Covenant for Office Bearers in his new church?