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I'm not sure that this is the best place to post this -- probably, it would qualify for a few places. I'm trying to update our church guidelines for weddings in our church, and I'm wondering how other pastors and churches have gone about having policies or guidelines in place. w Here are a...

March 20, 2010 0 8 comments
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Our Sunday school has low and irregular attendance (from about one child to eight or more). The leaders are currently using the Kid Connection curriculum, which seems to be a good fit for a small Sunday school. However, not knowing whether two or ten students are going to be there makes planning...

March 11, 2010 0 3 comments
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I love singing (bass), but I'm not a musician so there is much about music that I don't understand, but which is critical to those who are actually musicians. Our congregation has a praise song book which I maintain, but I'm having a real issue with trying to add new songs since the written...

February 28, 2010 0 4 comments
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Curious how people run their story hour programs while moms meet for coffee break. I have used the crc curriculum since I started four years ago but find it's getting a little old. Any possibilities of it being revamped soon? I love this minisitry and have sooo much fun with my kids.

February 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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I'd love to see copies of other church sign in sheets for the nursery. We are building a new facility and may change our procedures. Any one willing to share?

February 27, 2010 0 2 comments
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About 4 years ago, we started a preschool ministry in our church that has grown tremendously and has been a great mission/outreach for our church. I would be interested in hearing from others who have been involved in similar ministries and would love to learn from your experience.

February 27, 2010 0 0 comments
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What resources or projects are you using in your church to teach kids about stewardship?

February 26, 2010 0 1 comments
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I have not come across many churches in the CRC creating original multi-media material. Maybe I just haven't come in contact with churches doing it yet. Is there anyone involved in creating videos and graphics for their churches (or even for other ministries outside our churches)? I would love...

February 26, 2010 0 3 comments
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Every year in May or June we hold nominations and then elections for new elders and deacons. It seem harder and harder to find members who are willing to let their name stand for the ballot. Do other churches have a better system that is working well?

February 24, 2010 0 13 comments
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Worship is an intergenerational time, but children aren't always fully engaged or included. I'm especially looking for ideas for later elementary and middle school. What's working at your church?  

February 22, 2010 0 4 comments
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We've recently done some demographic work in our church and have realized that the following categories of people make up almost 50% of our people altogether:

Singles (traditional un-married sense) Spiritually single (married but spouses are not attending church at all and/or are not...
February 18, 2010 0 1 comments
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I would personally love to hear some ideas on leading and encouraging a volunteer team. With about 70 volunteers under my care, training and caring for them can be a daunting task!

February 18, 2010 0 1 comments
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I would love to know about organizations or suggestions about where to donate extra incomplete Sunday school curriculum. Often we have extra units that are missing some sessions, or the stickers or story cards are partially used. So, they aren’t complete therefore we won’t use them again next...

February 18, 2010 0 0 comments
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I'm not sure if this is the correct Forum to post this under; however I'm looking for suggestions for cirriculum/material for Men's Bible Study. Recently we had some groups do the Tony Dungy studies and they enjoyed them. I'm looking to have a few groups start up again after Easter. Any...

February 18, 2010 0 1 comments
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Wanted to ask an important question regarding the pastor's role and small groups. It came up in the SG Summit online. What role does/should the pastor play in the small group ministry in the church?

February 18, 2010 0 4 comments
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Does anyone have any suggestions for small group material (hopefully video based) on spiritual gifts?

February 16, 2010 0 2 comments
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Maybe this needs to go under a different forum (moderators, feel free to move if necessary), but thought I would start here... Our members are asking questions again this time of year on what is deductible and what is not. I am not a tax pro by any means, just trying to do what is legal/right...

February 16, 2010 0 5 comments
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I have worked with Community Ministry Networks for over 30 years and still find that it is a foreign concept to many congregations and communities. I would be interested in learning more about what other congregations are doing to coordinate their ministry to the community with other...

February 15, 2010 0 2 comments
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한글 입력이 가능하군요! Korean fonts can be accepted! We have the privilege of enjoying the SCE Learning Event on Feb. 15(Mon) at Hilton Garden Inn in San Bernardino, California. About 45 Korean pastors have registered for the event. This shows how much they desire to see healthier churches or how eager...

February 15, 2010 0 2 comments
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Our church is looking at better ways to follow up with visitors. Currently, we have a guestbook for people to sign -- and this is the only way that we have of recording names/addresses etc. of visitors. We do a pretty good job of being friendly to guests, and most visitors have said that they...

February 13, 2010 0 4 comments
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Hello all! I'm a youth leader in Grand Rapids. I'm wondering what your opinions are on helping youth make a transition into adulthood. More specifically, how do we as youth leaders assist students as they mature in their spiritual lives. I guess the reason for my asking this is that, as youth...

February 10, 2010 0 3 comments
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So I was wondering if anyone has experience as the Lead Pastor in a house church network? What was your experience? How was it organized? How effective was the structure? Leadership pro's and con's? Anything anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.

February 10, 2010 0 0 comments
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There is a fair amount of material on the web for streaming a worship service. Besides doing a podcast for those who want to listen anytime, we have set a goal for ourselves to be able to audio stream, and possibly video stream the service. I would appreciate some suggestions, guidelines, and/or...

February 9, 2010 0 19 comments
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Our Cadet club has been shrinking for the last several years. We have terrific co-ordinator who truly loves the ministry and the boys, but it seems like each year there are less and less boys who attend. I am wondering what other CRCs have done to promote their Cadet clubs and increase their...

February 9, 2010 0 2 comments
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Hi: Being a first term Clerk of Council, my understanding of the position is probably pretty limited. Essentially, I've been keeping minutes and passing on correspondence. Anybody with more experience want to take a stab at a good job description? Or know of a resource with a better description...

February 9, 2010 0 3 comments

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Our church is in process of creating a new guest Wi-Fi Network throughout the church building. When users sign-in to the Wi-Fi Network we would like to have a Terms of Use page similar to one you would find at other public Wi-Fi locations. I'm wondering if other churches have done similar things...

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I am trying to locate the booklet 'Someone Cares' by Rev Leonard Schalkwyk. It is out of print and may have a revised title. Can anyone direct me on this? 

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I'm looking to purchase a new compact Bible and wonder what version most CRC pastors are using. I see the TNIV, ESV, and NLT have all been approved in the last 11 years. 

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Are there any churches who might have leftover take home papers/newsletters from the following Faith Alive curriculums and age groups?

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June 15, 2017 0 0 comments
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We're wondering if any other CR churches have experimented with the "New City Catechism" app?

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May 23, 2017 0 0 comments
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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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April 2, 2017 0 0 comments
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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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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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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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April 25, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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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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