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We are considering whether we need to revise the position description for our church administrator.

February 26, 2013 0 3 comments
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I have a joyful opportunity to celebrate a woman's public profession of faith and baptism.  In the same service she, along with her husband, will be baptizing their children.  I am looking for a way to combine these without repeating or making it awkward.  Have you found a way to do this?  How...

February 22, 2013 0 4 comments
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I have read some articles on why communion should be celebrated on Easter instead of Good Friday, but I can't find them here anymore.  Can anyone direct me to that article(s)?  Thanks.

February 21, 2013 0 4 comments
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 The ServiceLink office is doing some research on how local churches are engaged in ministry to those in their communities. Are members of churches involved with local food banks, homeless ministry programs, refugee involvement etc. Are churches encouraging members to participate in special...

February 20, 2013 0 4 comments
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In our jurisdiction, background checks cost money. Many men are having to submit to an additional level of background check involving fingerprints because their birthdays are the same as a pardoned sex offender. This is an additional cost. The police do not hold on to the information, so if the...

February 20, 2013 0 3 comments
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I'm delighted that our church council will go on a spiritual retreat this spring--thanks be to God!  I think this is a significant step for us as a leadership team as we week to play and pray together and dream God's dreams for our church.  However, we've never done this before, so I'm wondering...

February 9, 2013 0 11 comments
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I'm very thankful for all of our Sunday School teachers.  They are all gifted people and they sacrifice their time to disciple our children.  However, I'm concerned about the long-term health of our Sunday School program.  We are often short of teachers and our overall program is not unified.  I...

February 9, 2013 0 8 comments
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A number of years ago, church order made provisions for a local congregation to request Classis to approve a lay leader the license to exhort for a varitey of reasons.  The one I was familiar with was a congregation remotely located and this person licensed to exhort could assist the pastor with...

February 5, 2013 0 15 comments
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We have assigned roles for out elders and deacons (E.G. Worship Elder; Youth Elder; Compassion Deacon; Finance Deacon). We currently have five elders and five deacons. We believe that one of our positions that is currently filled by a deacon would better be filled by an elder. Is it acceptable...

February 5, 2013 0 3 comments
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The interesting discussion in this other thread got me thinking...

From God's perspective, I wonder if it's less about how much I give away and more about how much I decide to keep (for my wants and self-perceived 'needs'). If so, then the issue of what does/doesn't count as a tithe...

January 29, 2013 0 3 comments
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Hi, 

I am currently working with Haveman Brothers located in Thunder Bay, Ontario. We are a Christian based company that offers tree planting positions for the months of May and June. It is a great summer employment opportunity for university students as there is potential to make great...

January 24, 2013 0 2 comments
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Does paying taxes in our Christian society for entitlements example welfare,old age security,food stamps,unemployment benefits and so on , qualify as part of our tithing or does the church not consider this to be part of servicing gods people that need help?

January 20, 2013 0 3 comments
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Further to the Church Order, has anyone formulated a policy or guideline to determine under what conditions a couple can be married in your church? Question came up in a Consistory meeting, thinking about past marriages between believers and non-believers who subsequently disappeared. What about...

January 17, 2013 0 1 comments
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I just got a phone call from a man named Peter in Florida who is hoping to teach No Easy Answers with 9-12 graders. He wants to speak with someone who has taught it and can give him some advice on teaching it. It's one that I haven't taught. Please let me know if you'd like to help Peter out....

January 14, 2013 0 0 comments
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Does the person who is chosen to complete the term of an elder who resigns need to be installed if he has served as an elder before?

January 11, 2013 0 3 comments
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Around this time each year our council receives the financial results for the church year, and we also recieve statistics on the annual giving of our members (without names). We then have a recurring discussion from the year before noting certain patterns and how many "zeros" there are.  The...

January 10, 2013 0 6 comments
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Our church has recently begun using online sign ups via email for various needs. www.signupgenius.com   We have had great success with this.  We are realizing that people are willing to commit to things when then have a calendar in front of them at home.  

We are in the process of gathing...

January 8, 2013 0 2 comments
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We are US citizens currently serving in Ontario.  My daughter is hoping to attend Redeemer next fall in Ontario.  The search for scholarships has been tricky.  Many of the scholarships mention "Canadian residence" but my daughter's status is "temporary visitor", so she doesn't qualify.  

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January 2, 2013 0 1 comments
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 Suppose a person is cheating his employer, or stealing from his boss or company.  Suppose a young person is obviously watching pornography and has no intention of stopping.  Suppose a person only attends church on Christmas or Easter.  Suppose a young couple are living together without marriage...

December 27, 2012 0 17 comments
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My wife Bev and I have had 25 years of experience in walking with our daughter Nicole, who lives with severe, multiple disabilities. Thanks to Bev's forward thinking, we've prayed, and sought advice, and read books and magazines so that we could keep looking ahead to do what's best for Nicole....

December 20, 2012 0 4 comments
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There was a time when the idea of a "regional ministry" was picking up steam. "We could do more together than we could independantly". Several of our area classes were forming "Classis Ministry Committees" (CMC) and exploring ambitious goals that led to hiring part time staff to facilitate these...

December 4, 2012 0 3 comments
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So, we are way behind the eight ball in giving our small groups ministry some overdue attention.  While we have had a pretty vibrant number of small groups meeting together for years to study a wide range of topics, it has been sort of running without any coordinated effort or inter-action ...

November 20, 2012 0 6 comments
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  Hi everyone, hoping some of you have experience in dealing with the many resources available regarding gift based ministry. I have been looking over some resources, and since there are so many of them available, I thought I would see if any of you could share with me what you used and what...

November 5, 2012 0 2 comments
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The report talks about increasing visible minority representation to 25% of staff and governance bodies of all denominational entities. T understand this clearly, we need to understand what this term means. At present women, while likely constituting significantly more than 50% of denominational...

November 5, 2012 0 8 comments
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I'm a professor of Biblical Studies, a survivor, and I also lead a support group for other male survivors. I would like to hear from people about what is done at their church for male survivors. This concerned me enough to write a book (recently #7 on Amazon's books addressing sexual abuse), ...

October 31, 2012 0 35 comments

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We are looking for assistance with creating a policy for dealing with disruptions in our Church services. From someone just wanting to put in their ideas during the sermon to arguing or becoming physically violent.

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We're wondering if any other CR churches have experimented with the "New City Catechism" app?

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I wasn't recently asked to perform a wedding by a widow in the congregation I serve. She was advised by her attorney to enter a covenant marriage agreement (for financial reasons). Anyone have wisdom on this? 

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A group of snowbirds who met at a church in Florida are planning a potluck this summer in West Michigan. Any ideas for entertainment?

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If love is the fulfillment of everything and keeps us from sin—and we are to fear no evil and love our enemies—would we love the devil being our enemy? 

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I am looking for churches that use a co-pastoring model of leadership. Are you are willing to share your experiences/job description with a church that is considering this model? 

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Have any churches considered switching from a 501(c)(3) status to 508(c)(1)(a)?

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In Scripture, we see YHWH triumphing over pagan gods. Are there any books or articles that compare/contrast the various Greco-Roman gods with the ministry of Jesus?

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There are so many choices out there. I was wondering if anyone had either used, or could recommend a good Admin software?

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There were many more historical accounts written about and around the time of Jesus, how is it that only a select few made it through the "...given by inspiration of God..." filter, as expressly stated in 2 Timothy 3:16. What disqualified other anecdotes and writings?

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Has anyone found a great solution for outdoor luminaries (ideally foolproof and weatherproof)? We like to have them up our driveway for Christmas Eve worship service and face unpredictable weather (Michigan in December). Last year I tried battery operated tea lights, but I think it was too cold...

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December 11, 2013 0 0 comments
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What books reflecting the Reformed world-and-life view might you recommend for teens?

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November 14, 2013 0 0 comments
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We are in the process of further developing our welcome center in our church. and the duties involved in successfully greeting and welcoming visitors.  We have some ideas but wonder if any of the CRC churches have an actual job description that describe the ways in which we can serve.

 

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August 20, 2013 0 0 comments
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One of the challenges of Disability Ministry is getting people to church on Sundays as well as during the week for ministry events. I'd like to hear some of the ways our churches have solved this challenge. Whether it's getting members to commit to driving each week, or buying a bus or van, or...

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August 19, 2013 0 0 comments
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I find more and more people turning to e-readers and was wondering if the church libraries could tap into this market and how it would work.

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July 31, 2013 0 0 comments
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The suicide rate for veterans (recent and those who served long ago) is frighteningly high. Many vets live with conflict-related disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or other injuries. Disability Concerns is looking for information (by August 16, 2013) ...

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July 24, 2013 0 0 comments
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I attended several funerals recently of seniors who had been leaders and path setters in their churches and communities.

Reflecting on all the people in my life who are now with God in Glory, I realise that listening and hearing their life experiences help form my future role as an 'aging...

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July 23, 2013 0 0 comments
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Does anyone use this Faith Alive youth resource?  I am looking at it for my junior high youth group, ages 6th to 8th grade.  What are your thoughts on depth, discussion starting and "corniness" factor??  Thanks for the input!

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Nonfiction collection materials in church libraries are difficult to select and I've been wondering if there's some mechanism whereby CRC church libraries could enlist the advice and suggestions of our colleges and universities.  For example, instead of wandering into your local...

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April 23, 2013 0 0 comments
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Hi all, 

Working on getting myself organised, and I noticed that many businesses have "privacy statements" at the bottom of their emails to remind people that these emails are private and confidential, and meant only for the person to whom their addressed, etc. Do any of you have one that...

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April 23, 2013 0 0 comments
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We've been looking at providing reading materials for the visually impaired. I thought this would be easy but as I delve further into the issue many questions are popping up.  Audio books are expensive..how do we know what type of materials would appeal to the readers...do we incorporate this...

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March 13, 2013 0 0 comments
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I just got a phone call from a man named Peter in Florida who is hoping to teach No Easy Answers with 9-12 graders. He wants to speak with someone who has taught it and can give him some advice on teaching it. It's one that I haven't taught. Please let me know if you'd like to help Peter out....

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January 14, 2013 0 0 comments
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We as Administrative Elders have set a goal to develop future leaders in our congregation.  We're currently finding out who has served in leadership roles in the past (leadership being elder, deacon, small group leader, other team/committee leader, etc, etc) and we're going to ask current...

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September 20, 2012 0 0 comments
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I am marrying a couple with limited English proficiency, and I would like them to be able to say their vows in farsi. Does anyone have this?

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June 6, 2012 0 0 comments
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So often we see kids lose faith as they grow older.   In many denominations and churches, we see a bigger population age shift than we do in general society.   Why is that?  What can we do about it?  

Do most people still participate in devotions with their children daily?   And what do...

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