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Hello I am new here and have a question on Hebrews 4. I have been in a discussion with someoneon  creation and they say that Hebrews 4 where it says about our rest, the rest we will have, being scripture proof that the world was not made in Six days. I take what Genesis says as literal that the...

July 26, 2013 0 3 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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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...

July 23, 2013 0 0 comments
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I have been approached by a parishioner who asked if I as parish nurse could look into the possibility of an alternative to  exclusively serving bread made with gluten at communion. I would love to hear from other parish nurses, disability advocates, and church administrations for ideas on how...

July 23, 2013 0 16 comments
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I am retiring this year as Sunday school co-ordinator at our church after a joyful decade in that role. I want to make sure the hand-off to our new co-ordinator is as smooth as possible -- that I offer guidance/help where needed, while giving grace and space for the new co-ordinator to put her...

July 9, 2013 0 1 comments
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Hi, everyone, I'm posting this in the Youth Forum because my guess is that if churches are doing this, youth ministries are probably part of the equation!

Our church currently has been holding various ministry programs on different nights of the week: High School Youth Group on Sundays,...

July 9, 2013 0 2 comments
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At our Classical Interim Committee meetings, we have been musing for some time about two pastors, both of whom have served their respective churches for more than a decade.  They just never seem to get calls to move on for a new start.  What we were toying with is to have them simply exchange...

July 9, 2013 0 1 comments
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Does the denomination have some principle in mind for having a separate seminary where theology is pursued apart from the other academic disciplines? Why not incorporate it into a university setting? I recently heard a sermon on Genesis 1 and 2, be it an enthusiastic one with some valid points,...

July 2, 2013 0 2 comments
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I'd like to educate interested members in some of the practices of the CRC that are often overlooked. Is there something in the Church Order that addresses the practice of shaking hands?

June 30, 2013 0 6 comments
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May grandparents present a grandson for infant baptism when neither parent of that child is a professing member of the church?  The parents have no intention of joining, have no objections to the baptism, but won't be attending.

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June 25, 2013 0 3 comments
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As an EPMC student at [a seminary in Canada] now licensed to exhort, I find it very difficult to know where the boundaries are in terms of what I am permitted to do and what I am not permitted to do.  I would like to do only that which is appropriate and to be humble enough in my conduct so as...

June 18, 2013 0 1 comments
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Guiding Light Mission is looking for quality art work and a church pew.

Guiding Light Mission is located in the Heartside area of Grand Rapids. We are a Christ-centered recovery program for alcoholics and drug users, we also have a back to work program, and we provide a homeless shelter....

June 12, 2013 0 2 comments
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Sheila is the new President of the Board of Trustees in the CRC. She is the first person of color and woman. This is quite an honor!!!

June 10, 2013 0 4 comments
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I am writing you anonymously for good reason.  Please call me "Karen" and use the P.O. Box I have supplied.  I have been sexually abused by a pastor.  I don't want to get into the details of him doing this to me right now.  I'm probably to blame too.  But I feel so cheap, so used, and so...

June 10, 2013 0 1 comments
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Several church members have asked if they can participate in the council meetings. Are the council meetings open to anyone? 

June 5, 2013 0 2 comments
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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....

June 4, 2013 0 13 comments
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I was wondering if any churches have a defibrillator, and if so what is the best one to purchase?

 

Thank you

June 3, 2013 0 4 comments
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In the Supplement to Article 14b, synod calls for "a proper resolution of dismissal" when a minister resigns and asks classis to "make a declaration reflecting...

May 28, 2013 0 1 comments
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We’re becoming increasingly disillusioned about Reformed polity dictating a high turnover rate in the offices of elder and deacon. It seems like people are just “warming up” to the job when they must leave in favor of others. In the case of one of our deacons, frankly, we were glad to see him go...

May 21, 2013 0 2 comments
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We are revising our building use policy to better reflect our position that Biblical marriage is soley between a man and a women.  This is response to the fact that WA state has approved gay marriages.   We desire to be proactive and 'protect' ourselves from possible needless lawsuits.   We...

May 15, 2013 0 2 comments
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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.

We encourage you...

May 14, 2013 0 1 comments
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Has anyone used the small group study on Prayer from Faith Alive? How did it help deepen the faith life of your community? Any other small group study suggestions?

May 7, 2013 0 2 comments
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My favourite sport is hockey, the way we play it north of the border, of course.  Is it true that the favourite sport of the Christian Reformed Church is shoving all important issues into study committees?

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May 7, 2013 0 1 comments
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I just spoke with a Presbyterian pastor who is interested in using clips from the History channel's The Bible show as part of his adult education class. He is looking for a study guide or questions that he could use along with clips to spark discussion and help everyone reflect on the stories....

May 1, 2013 0 3 comments
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  I believe the answer cuts accross many different topics, but perhaps the most important is social justice. This opens up a discussion about the relationships between government, secular knowledge, economics, and governance. But, to narrow it down to a single issue, here is an example:...

April 30, 2013 0 3 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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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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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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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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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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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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