Resource, Book or Booklet

Leaders cannot balance all the needs, wants, demands, expectations, suggestions and assumptions of the individuals they seek to serve. So how can we be intentional about avoiding the people pleasing trap?

October 28, 2014 0 3 comments
Resource, Workshop or Training, Facilitated by Others

The CRCNA is pleased to offer webinars as a way of learning, sharing, and growing together. It's easy to particpate - all you need is a computer (with speakers or headset). These free, one-hour events are offered several times each year in the spring and fall.

October 22, 2014 1 0 comments

Do we leave enough space for imperfect people to feel 'called' to be leaders? Do the lists of character traits we seek in our pastors, elders, deacons, and ministry leaders get presented with hefty doses of grace?

October 9, 2014 0 7 comments
Resource, Website

This site offers incredibly user-friendly access to a wide variety of highly relevant and practical articles, sermons, books, training materials and more.

October 2, 2014 1 0 comments
Resource, Workshop or Training, Do It Yourself

The very real stresses and strains of Christian leadership and ministry life can feel like being crushed and ground. Discover healthy ways of coping and gain insight into recovering from ministry leadership burnout.

September 26, 2014 0 0 comments
Discussion Topic

In dealing with the questions around license to exhort, my council asked about the issue of accountability/mentorship for those with license to exhort. What is being done, or should be done to assist those with this license?

September 22, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Video

Willow Creek believes in the immeasurable, cascading effect of a transformed leader and has carefully chosen resources designed for individual spiritual growth, renewed church vitality, transformed communities, and a world changed for the better through the power of Jesus Christ.

September 18, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Website

What is distinctly Christian about being a Christian leader? How do my convictions shape the way I lead? You'll find answers to these questions and more on the Leadership Education section of Duke Divinity's website.

September 18, 2014 0 0 comments
Discussion Topic

There is a growing consensus that most of our churches are waiting until it's 'too late' to begin investing in the development of our leaders, often not beginning until they've already taken on the mantle of their leadership role. But that begs the question, where do we begin?

September 12, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Book or Booklet

A practical resource for assisting church leaders in identifying, understanding and intentionally engaging the fivefold ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers (APEST) that exist within their congregations.

September 11, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Website

Explore the theory and practice of contemporary leadership approaches, such as adaptive leadership, change leadership, and spirituality and leadership, through articles, books, audio/video podcasts, and online resources, all of which are available at no cost.

September 5, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Website

A visit to Christianity Today's online presence yields a veritable smorgasbord of helpful ministry related resources, including a robust section devoted entirely to church leaderhsip development, divided into 3 distinct areas of development: Soul, Skills & Culture.

September 5, 2014 0 0 comments

A simple square can serve as a profound reminder of the foundational pattern Jesus used for developing leadership in His disciples. It is a model that is easily applied to any relationship, setting, circumstance or demographic, and is infinitely flexible and scalable.

September 4, 2014 1 0 comments
Resource, Workshop or Training, Facilitated by Others

Did you know that CRHM currently funds 6 different Leadership Development Networks? Check out the link below for the list and contact the coordinators to see how you or your church could get involved.

August 29, 2014 0 0 comments

There is no question whether the apostle Paul had the gifts to be a powerful and effective evangelist, but the skills of an evangelist are different from those of a church leader.

August 27, 2014 0 1 comments

Look here for helpful support for Elders!

August 26, 2014 1 3 comments
Resource, Article

Dr. Bruce E. Winston currently serves as a professor, teaching in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Doctor of Strategic Leadership programs at Regent University. His paper "The Four Cs of Christian Leadership" creates a beautifully biblical framework for leadership development.

August 22, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Brochure or Pamphlet

According to 1 Timothy 3:2, anyone who aspires to the office of overseer in the church should be able to teach. John Piper, a Calvinistic Baptist preacher and author, identifies eight traits of good teaching that can provide a focus for developing this biblically mandated skill in our church leaders.

August 22, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Article

This article by Jim Merhaut describes why emotional intelligence (EIQ) can be a better predictor of leadership success than IQ. It includes a link to an EIQ test that includes practical ideas for boosting your EIQ to make you a more effective leader.

August 21, 2014 1 1 comments
Resource, Website

Do these names mean something to you: Exponential, Verge, Catalyst, Leadership Network, etc.,? I thought so! Here is a site that makes it their business to have the up-to-date information on the events that are being hosted by these premier league church development organizations.

August 15, 2014 0 0 comments

Everything you needed to know and didn't ever want to know is just a click away...But as the body of material available on the world-wide web explodes, it often feels like it is many, many clicks before you find something useful and meanwhile you've likely been distracted by many interesting rabbit trails. Here's help.

August 15, 2014 0 0 comments
Discussion Topic

Wisdom helps us as we pursue good and godly leadership. Larry Osborne of North Coast Church in California gives timely leadership wisdom for planters and established church pastors.

August 14, 2014 1 2 comments
Resource, Article

Being a good leader does not equal being good at leadership development, yet it is our church leadership- both pastoral and lay- that we look to for wisdom and guidance on how to ensure the next generation is ready to lead.

August 7, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Policy or Guidelines

An overview of the leadership development 'ministry philosophy' created by the North American Baptist Church that contains much wisdom and food for thought for our own context.

August 7, 2014 0 0 comments
Resource, Book or Booklet

This book presents an alternative model for churches, from its leadership structure to its mobilization of the laity, that hopes to recreate the church Jesus and the apostles cultivated: a church not chasing the wind but rather going into the world and making disciples of Jesus.

July 17, 2014 0 0 comments



Hi Jeff, 

I havent heard of a 'central site' for the LDN's but the website for the Eastern Canada LDN also contains links to several other LDN websites. You can find it at

As a graduate myself, I can speak to how God used the LDN experience in my life and would highly recommend it to anyone who is wondering what God might have in store for them. 


Usually, the chair of consistory/council would not be a first time elder, but one who has a bit more experience.   This would make the task less daunting.  As far as continuity is concerned, it is most important to keep the congregation in the loop about most issues.   When there are more confidential issues at stake, then have a transition meeting where both the retiring and "new" elders participate.   If necessary, continue to involve the retiring elders with sensitive ongoing issues until certain issues that need their help are dealt with.  

Marlin, I just ran across this posting and want to respond even though I'm so late.  I'm very excited about the idea of leaders from a cluster of churches getting together to talk leadership!  I encourage you.   I wonder if there is one of the congregations that might be elegible to be the lead congregation in applying for some money from the SCE program.  Next deadline is June 1 so you have some time to develop a proposal.  That would help you establish some good materials and a really good meeting place.

Hi Marlin, Sounds like a good idea. I would like to suggest that each church should ask for people to form a pool of prospective Elders. Those people could receive training and counseling on what is required to be a Elder. Then the congregation could vote for candidates from that pool. Look for people who want to be there not just people who look good; Also terms of serving could be extended for those who want to stay in the roll. If problems arise the church could vote a Elder out.



That's a very interesting concept Jack. I would have to think how the logistics for that to work. I agree with your thinking out of the "box" when It comes to how our church progresses. We need to maintain our strengh of conviction as expreesed in our doctrines but that leaves a lot of possiblitiies in how we structure our church to meet the modern times. God's promicies and word are always consistant but He is also a God of change that is designed within His plan for the world.

Thanks Jack for igniting our thoughts on how to bring "sholom" to our churches.


A Wild Thought:

Since we have, according to some sociologists, 5 or 6 generations in a typical congregation (Builders, Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Millenials, etc.) I have an idea.  Some churches try to have equal numbers of men and women in leadership - thus more equally representing the congregation.  Other churches have made attempts at having people of different political stripes in leadership - again to represent the entire congregation.  How about having leaders from each of the 5 or 6 generations in leadership?  That might do a better job of representing and understanding the congregation.  A church council would have equal numbers of teenagers, 20 somethings, 30 somethings, boomers and builders.  Mentoring could be an integral part of that kind of leadership too...

Ken this this is Ken, Pretty wierd huh? thanks for the statement on youth. I am in total agreement. Thankyou for taking the time to speak for my kid's. I'm sick and disabled, I've ineffectively tried to expose this issue(My ineffectiveness). I find myself now with no voice because I can't relate that these same issue's affect me now as it affects youth. I've lost credability because I have trouble navigating society now. So What has this to due with youth? Well I totally believe in  youth because you can think out of the box. Would you consider including adding sick and disabled to your proposal. It's well written and the needs are same, the abilties that people hurt bring are different but can be profound. anyway just think of us another culture. Thanks If something I can help with on this renewal attenpt please contact me.  I promised other disabled members to try and help them with validation in the church and the community.

Hi Sharon,

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Currently we are making plans to co-host a leadership/spiritual retreat with Calvin College. This will function as sort of a pilot event; if it goes well we hope to reproduce the success at all of the affiliated schools--Redeemer, Dordt, and Trinity--and make it an anual event.

We also hope to be able to support secular campus ministries by providing their student leaders with some form of leadership training workshops.

Thanks for your interest!

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Ken Kruithoff

Hello everyone, and thanks for your great comments!

I thought I should post an update of what has been happening since I first posted this article. You can download a copy of the manifesto that was put together by the young adult leaders that attended the roundtable discussion at the end of August 31st here:

Feel free to print it, email it, and share it with anyone who might be interested!

Also, here is the latest Banner article chronicling the event:


Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Ken Kruithoff

Leadership Exchange Young Adult Coordinator

How old were the first chosen Followers of Jesus? I think He sets a good example on youth and Other damaged people.

Ken, thanks for bringing up this crucial topic.  I'm a parent of two great young adults, and I've worked with teen leaders in the past.  I have been very impressed with their level of thinking and spiritual commitment -- far beyond where I was at their age.  I agree with Dave that these current and future leaders need to be specifically encouraged to lead, and the rest of us need to be humble (and flexible) enough to accept their gifts.

Specific question for the Leadership Exchange -- are you working with colleges and universities to help identify young Christians with leadership potential?  Are there other organizations you are partnering with to find youth leaders?

I like the way you think, Dave.  I'm probably preaching to the choir here.  In my expeirence young adults do not feel trusted, valued, or encouraged.   Sure they feel valued that they attend church.  But their perspective about where to go with the church is rarely sought or adhered.

I've encouraged several of our young adults to consider being elders and deacons.  They are conviced they cannot do the job, why?  I'm convinced it's because they have not been encouraged/challenged/taught that they can.   I think they have subliminally received the message from their elders that they are not fit to lead. 

Christian Reformed Church of North America, how badly do we want our denomination to be around in 30 years?  Are we willing to let young adults lead the church to a new place even if it makes us uncomfortable?  

Our young adults need to know that we cannot survive with out them.  I'm not talking only about membership and involvement; we need their leadership and perspective.  We live in a rapidly changing world and we need their leadership and perspective to help us thrive in a rapidly changing world. 



For the most part, we are completely upside-down in knowing how to engage the next generation.  It really is an epidemic.  I'm convinced that Millenials are actually offended if all we will offer them is a seat at the table.  Until we are willing to listen and be led by these bright young minds, they will not feel engaged in a church body.  That generation does not just want to be welcomed.... they want to have a voice.... and it must be a voice of influence and not just a token vote.  How many CRCs have an Elder under 30?  How many CRCs can't fathom ever having a 20-something Elder in their midst?  Until this upside-down mindset changes, the church will continue to bleed out an entire generation.

I'd love to be part of this discussion....I am a young adult and I was hired at Fresno CRC specifically to minister to young adults.  This is a topic very near to my heart

Hi, My name is Nathalie  27 yrs old &  I'm having my own Youth  called Single Adults Youth Group and it's my first time that I'm a leader for this even reason why im writing i need some advice on what to say on the first day of my meeting. I have been to so many of youth retreats and youth activity but never thought I would have one on my own I actually have talked to the priest and he took so seriously about this and he been asking me about the ideas or activites I'll be having for this even & I showed him and he was happy & last Sunday I have already did a some speach to invite all the Young Adults to come and so far we only have 6ppl & some from other county are coming so me & my partner are really excited but i'm more nervous I just can't wait to start and see whats going to happend. If you have any advice I'm more welling to listen all the time


Thank you


I've been hearing a lot of buzz about Grand Rapids Christian Connect - might be a useful crowdsourcing tool, at least locally.

And for what it's worth, I think you hit the nail on the head in your second paragraph.

At our most recent elders meeting, we discussed this very issue. One easy (but hopefully significant) change we made was to assign young adults to a district separate from their parents. So, for those that grew up in our church, they move from Youth Elder to their 'own' district at the age of 18.

Hopefully that helps remind them - and us! - that they are an adult member/attender in their own right. They'll get the same elder visit as any other member, including a conversation about their participation in the life of the church. And the lines won't be so blurred as when they have the same elder as their parents.

I'm looking forward to hearing what comes of your round-table discussion. Keep us posted.

And, in the meantime, what other things have churches done to be better enfold young adults into the full life of the church?