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About a month ago, we received an email from our Stated Clerk to discuss the 3 Synodical Study Committee reports. My question is: how do I best lead these discussions?  

December 29, 2015 0 2 comments
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At our elders meeting we were discussing the need to provide leadership training for potential elders or deacons that haven't yet felt qualified or inspired to serve. Do materials exist?

December 28, 2015 0 17 comments
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It's Ministry Question Monday! Do you have ideas for helping people develop prayer lives that go beyond Sundays? 

December 21, 2015 2 1 comments
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Our church council would like to nominate two young adult representatives, one of whom has served previously. Is this permissible? Secondly may someone be nominated twice?

December 17, 2015 1 2 comments
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It's Ministry Question Monday and today's featured question is: "How does your church transition new deacons into their role?"

December 14, 2015 0 3 comments
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It's Ministry Question Monday and we're excited to share with you the FIRST featured ministry question! Now that we have the question, let's start the discussion. 

December 7, 2015 1 2 comments
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How do we train and equip people to pray for worship? And how do we prepare those who pray with—and for—others after the service? 

December 1, 2015 1 25 comments
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Does your Coffee Break group do a warm up before going into the study? If so, would you be willing to share ideas of video clips, songs, or speakers that you use?

October 12, 2015 1 2 comments
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Our church is in transition and looking to re-establish what it means to be a committee that takes care of the Property and the Finances of the church. What ought this group do?

October 5, 2015 1 1 comments
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Is it possible for Faith Alive to make ebook/kindle versions of previously published material? Good resources quickly go out of print and it seems a shame to not be able to access them in any way.

September 25, 2015 2 1 comments
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Is their a guideline regarding voting at congregational meetings if someone is a professing member and is under the age of 18?

September 11, 2015 1 7 comments
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Does anyone have suggestions for resources that can be used for helping children/youth prepare for baptism? 

August 27, 2015 0 1 comments
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Does anyone have a regular regimen of training for your sound technicians or other technology operators? If so, how often do you train and what sources do you use?

 

August 24, 2015 0 1 comments
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At the beginning of the school year, my church holds a "Promotion Sunday" for Sunday School. Any suggestions for activities to entice folks that don't normally come to Sunday School?

August 18, 2015 0 1 comments
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Our church is beginning the transition to implementing background checks. We are running into several snags and would love the input and experience of others.

August 12, 2015 1 7 comments
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An article in the Banner made me more aware of copyright permission and so I'm trying to do it right. Do I need to buy a copyright license (between $200 and $400) to project only 2 or 3 songs?

August 7, 2015 0 1 comments
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Does anyone know of any short but effective ministry evaluation tools? I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

August 6, 2015 0 7 comments
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I recently got into a discussion that could probably be boiled down to "Why does the church's theology matter? Both churches [profess the creeds] so who cares what they believe past that." 

August 4, 2015 0 5 comments
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Is Classis a separate organization from the churches it represents? Do we have to be incorporated?

July 23, 2015 0 5 comments
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I am the newly elected president and one member has raised a concern that our executive committee includes both of our pastoral staff. What is the appropriate membership?

July 8, 2015 0 5 comments
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I'm in the first month of my position as "Director of Youth Ministries" and have been approached to suggest some Bible Study resources. Any books or materials that worked well for you?

June 19, 2015 1 8 comments
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If the Faith Alive "HC and Me" material is not a good fit what are some alternative options?

June 19, 2015 0 2 comments
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I'd LOVE to know: how many Christian Reformed congregations will be running community gardens this summer, either on church property or nearby? 

June 16, 2015 0 6 comments
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Small group conversations are challenging for hearing-impaired members & small group discussions aren't accessible to the range of cognitive development. How have others tackled this?

March 10, 2015 0 3 comments
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We need help composing biblical guidelines that can be understood by the typical teen, are based on respectful behavior toward the leaders and one another, and aren't a list of "don't" rules.

January 18, 2015 0 1 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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March 9, 2017 0 0 comments
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Or church is considering hiring a Director of Congregational Life. Would you be willing to share your job description for this position and whether an ordained or non-ordained pastor fills this position at your church?

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January 17, 2017 1 0 comments
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Have any churches considered switching from a 501(c)(3) status to 508(c)(1)(a)?

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September 12, 2016 0 0 comments
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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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January 13, 2015 0 0 comments
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The AAPNM (Alberta Association for Parish Nurse Ministry) is currently researching the province to find out how many RNs are working or volunteering in health ministry in their congregations. Please email Liz Nanninga @ parishnurse.ncrc@xplornet.com or Kathy Dempsey-Glegloff @ kdemp1@telus.net...

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September 16, 2014 0 0 comments
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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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July 14, 2014 0 0 comments
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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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April 1, 2014 0 0 comments
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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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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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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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March 9, 2011 0 0 comments
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Our worship center is rather short from front-to-back and the screen which was initially installed (in the center) covers the cross which is behind the pulpit. In addition, there is a clear-story above the front of the room so we have ambient light conditions to confront.

I'm researching...

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March 3, 2011 0 0 comments
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The Network's Sunday School Guide Joland Howe recenlty blogged about a website she came across as a great website dealing with the topic of Faith Formation and some specifically with children.

To quote Jolanda:

This website is packed with research, ideas,...

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January 19, 2011 0 0 comments
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What is the going rate for guest pastors (pulpit supply)? Our church has been paying $125 for a while but we're not sure if this has gotten behind the going rate. 

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September 23, 2010 0 0 comments