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This question is from a real-life situation to which Dr. Henry DeMoor has responded to based on his extensive knowledge of the Christian Reformed Church Order. The first answer given has been taken from the Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary written by Dr. DeMoor.

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November 25, 2013 0 3 comments
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What books reflecting the Reformed world-and-life view might you recommend for teens?

November 14, 2013 0 0 comments
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A candidate has just accepted the call to our church, and we are eagerly planning for his ordination service. Some of us on council believe that only other ministers of the Word who may be present should be invited to join the officiating pastor in the laying on of hands; others believe that the...

November 5, 2013 0 4 comments
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We have a few special needs children in our congregation. Are their resources to help me (the Children's pastor) to learn how to help them best learn so that I can teach my Dwell teachers. We have some behavior issues that are the biggest concern. These behavior issues are linked to the child's...

October 28, 2013 0 5 comments
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Hi

We are considering using (infrequently) some YouTube videos that have contempory songs put to lyrics...idea is to use them to help the congregation learn new songs with the words displayed on our video screen.

My questions are;

Are there any copyright/licensing...

October 26, 2013 0 1 comments
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We have a member who feels we need a majority of our confessing members present at our congregational meeting where we approve the budget.  Is that correct?

October 21, 2013 0 5 comments
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I have observed that a number of denominations work with a system of “ratification” whereby a significant decision of the synod or general assembly must first be approved by the classes or regional assemblies before it is deemed to be in effect. Does the CRCNA have similar procedures?

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October 15, 2013 0 1 comments
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We are looking for a communion liturgy that can be used in homes with members who are home bound due to illness, etc. Has anyone created such a liturgy?  If so, would you be willing to share?

October 1, 2013 0 1 comments
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When and where does the teaching of the catechism take place in your church? Do you have a separate class for it or teach it through your youth group program? At what age(s) do you teach the catechism? If your church does not have a formal catechism class, how and where is the catechism learned...

September 8, 2013 0 1 comments
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Besides numbers of youth in attendance, how does your church evaluate whether or not your youth group ministry is successful? 

September 5, 2013 0 1 comments
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We have a small youth group and have thought about joining with another church to have a joint youth ministry program. We are looking for feedback from any churches that are currently doing that or have done it in the past to see how it was done and whether or not it works.  How do you finance...

September 5, 2013 0 2 comments
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The U.S. government recently mandated that new playgrounds need to include accessible features. Here's an article about one such playground. Many such playgrounds have already been built. Do you live near one? Do you have kids who play in it - disabled or non-disabled? How do they like it? How...

September 2, 2013 0 1 comments
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Just wondering in the matter of agenda items,  the order, and what is included and what is reject,  what is the role of the chair and what is the role of the clerk.  Just wondering   Vern

September 2, 2013 0 2 comments
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We are planning a dedication service for our new sanctuary / church we are looking for ideas from others that have done this in the past what has worked and what has not .

Thanks in advance

August 30, 2013 0 2 comments
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One of the diaconates in the area of Alberta I serve as consultant is asking for ideas on how to support those who are part of the 'sandwich generation'.  In other words those who find themselves raising children while at the same time caring for elderly parents.  These people are often in need...

August 27, 2013 0 2 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.

 

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...

August 19, 2013 0 0 comments
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This is the "inbetween year" - between Prayer Summits, and regional and local prayer summits are being planned.  Would you let us know here if you know of one?  Thanks.  I'm pretty sure Red Mesa, Chicagoland, Great Lakes are all planning for this fall.

August 19, 2013 0 8 comments
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Can anyone tell me whether the CRCNA has completed a review or study of the NIV2011?

I have looked in the last few Synod Agendas, but have not found anything.

If such a study exists, could you please direct me to it, or send me a link? 

 

Much apprecaited

Dave...

August 17, 2013 0 4 comments
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1 Peter 3:15 says,  "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,." How do you equip your church to go and profess the gospel to those outside of...

August 15, 2013 0 11 comments
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I'm getting mixed answers here on the Network, and it sounds like this may be more of pertinent in Canada with its rules for non-profit organizations. I may have missed it, but I do not see a line in Church Order that explicitly says whether ministers may or may not vote. Thank you!

August 14, 2013 0 7 comments
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Hi everyone,

    We had a website a while ago, but that has deceased at some point and now we're working with a local fellow in making a new church website.  We seem to have a decent handle on what we all want on there, but I was just curious about what have you heard people say was...

August 13, 2013 0 1 comments
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Dear Friends,

A woman from our church in Guadalajara, Mexico, is moving to Quebec and has asked for helping in locating a church.  Does anyone know of any Reformed/Presbyterian Spanish-speaking churches in Quebec?

Thanks!

Rev. Ben Meyer

CRWM Guadalajara, Mexico

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August 9, 2013 0 2 comments
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This fall we are following the WE Covenant teaching series produced by Faith Alive Christian Resources.  Accordingly, I'd like to preach on biblical covenants while we explore them through the WE program.

August 1, 2013 0 4 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.

July 31, 2013 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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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