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I would like to offer a roundtable on this topic in the Chicagoland area.  Some churches may have retreats?  Maybe some other ideas about length of time?  Any other ideas welcome!

February 14, 2014 1 2 comments
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I would like to offer a roundtable on this topic in the Chicagoland area. 

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What should one do in the case of a tie vote when electing officebearers?

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...

February 4, 2014 0 1 comments
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Has anyone used the song "Great I Am" (Jared Anderson) in worship?  If so, I was looking for any suggestions about how to make the song more easily singable for the congregation.  It seems that no matter what key I put it in, either the verse is too low or high or the bridge is too low or high...

January 27, 2014 0 2 comments
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We have a woman who will be baptized as a new believer soon and she has a son in grade 2.  Both have become a part of our congregation and been participting in the church faithfully and actively.  We are very thankful and excited about carrying out the Great Commission in our city and Praise the...

January 24, 2014 0 6 comments
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Greetings Everyone! I am wondering if anyone knows if there is some sort of records or database regarding how many churches in the CRC have made the transition from a traditional Council structure to a model where Elders and Deacons are split into administrative and pastoral type roles? (...

January 23, 2014 0 2 comments
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we are in the midst of creating job descriptions for our volunteer positions and would like to see what other churches may already have in place.

January 22, 2014 0 1 comments
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We have a family requesting transfer to another CRC they have been attending for 7 years.  They were declared lapsed in 2009.  Is it still appropriate to send a letter of transfer?

January 21, 2014 0 6 comments
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I am sure I am not going to ask this correcly, but what are the "liturgical limits" of using the font/waters of baptism in worship times that are not, strictly speaking, baptisms? For instance, I've read a couple of times about "renewal of baptism" or "rememberence of baptism" services within...

January 14, 2014 0 14 comments
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Our Consistory has asked the Council Executive to look into proposing a “policy”, or set of guidelines, that can be implemented in the event of a conflict arising within our community that requires some guidance from outside the conflict to resolve in a pastoral manner.We are looking at several...
January 10, 2014 0 4 comments
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We have found that testimonies are the best form of evangelism (what a shocker!). So we are teaching people how to give their testimonies. What would you include as essential elements?

January 3, 2014 0 1 comments
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We're hoping to do a mid- year ministry fair to highlight some existing groups and new groups that are starting, but it is the first time that we have ever done a ministry fair.  Right now we're thinking of doing it right after the morning service, with various tables set up around the...

January 3, 2014 0 1 comments
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It seems to me rather backwards, in most church services I've attended, that we are standing to recite the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed, and other of the church's documents, but not standing for the reading of God's Word? I know it doesn't make sense to stand every time a verse of Scripture...

December 31, 2013 0 9 comments
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Hi! I am hoping to lead my youth group on a mission trip this summer in our city of Seattle (our church is in Shoreline which is 20 minutes outside the city). I have never lead a mission trip before, so I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with all the componants.

1) Does anyone have a...

December 27, 2013 0 1 comments
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The men I'm a part of in an abuse support group are writing brief entries of their stories, and we believe it offers an alternative to the traditional 12 Step program. We're not convinced such programs are adequately meeting the needs of male survivors.

I would like to hear from leadership...

December 24, 2013 0 3 comments
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We are a large CRC congregation.  As such, we have a large 'Council' consisting of 35+ 'Council' members which makes it difficult to conduct the affairs of the Church in a timely manner (long meetings!).  About 5 years ago we re-organized and separated 'Council' functions into an official "...

December 23, 2013 0 7 comments
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Article 28 speaks of “minor” and “major” assemblies. What is actually meant by these adjectives, and is this the best way to refer to the council, the classis, and the synod?

This question is from a real-life situation to which Dr. Henry DeMoor has responded to based on his extensive...

December 20, 2013 0 2 comments
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Is this something that goes contrary to our theology or is it something that has just not been part of our tradition? I thought I read somewhere that this was part of the baptismal ceremony in Geneva.  If it is within the tradition, are there any resources you know of for exploring its role in...

December 14, 2013 0 2 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...

December 11, 2013 0 0 comments
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What percentage of a church's operating budget should be allocated to staffing?

December 9, 2013 0 3 comments
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Seeking wisdom and past experience, but am staying incognito to protect the innocent.

Our church has been dealing with a husband for more than a year who has repeatedly violated his domestic-violence probation and been arrested.  He is very religious-sounding, the type who speaks of...

December 8, 2013 0 11 comments
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When a person who has served as in elder in a CRC, and therefore has already signed the Covenant for Office Bearers there, moves to a new CRC and is elected elder, does he need to sign the Covenant for Office Bearers in his new church?

December 5, 2013 0 13 comments
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Please tell me why clergy should get some kind of special entitlement for housing? I think it is one of the most ridiculous perks ever devised by the legislature. There is absolutely no reason why clergy should get this. And I am one.

December 5, 2013 0 5 comments

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Where can I find the procedures, established or suggested, for inviting a pastor?

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I would like to make use of the book "Austin's Topical History of Christianity." To do this, I need permission from the current copyright holder, perhaps a descendant of Bill R. Austin. Can you help?

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July 17, 2017 1 0 comments
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I am looking for a copy of Songs for Life CD, Volume 1. 

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I am looking for a connection to a Swahili Bible supplier. Can you help?

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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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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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May 11, 2017 1 0 comments
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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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March 9, 2017 0 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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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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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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