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Eligibility Question for Elder Nominee

Should an individual that has consistently not taken communion be considered for nomination for elder? 

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Coaching Your Church Toward Holy Complaint

As pastors and church councils know, obstructionists can do great damage in a church. Here's how to work toward the discipline of holy complaint.

EldersPastors
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Resources for Inquirers Class?

Have you found any good resources on planning an Inquirers class? Is it still called that? 

Church Admin & FinanceElders
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Before You Fire Your Pastor

In light of the recent spate of Article 17 terminations, this is an article worth wide dissemination. I see far too many pastors being pushed out far too quickly for often ill-defined reasons. 

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Blog
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Being an Elder in a Church

Someone recently asked me the question: How did I know it is God’s will for me to be an elder? The answer is intertwined with my story as an elder and the story of Hillside CRC.

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Website
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Resources on Mental Health Ministry

This annotated bibliography includes many newer materials and resources, while keeping some old standards, such as Mental Health Ministries, Pathways to Promise, and NAMI FaithNet.

Disability ConcernsElders
Guide or Toolkit
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Ten Ways to Be a Caring Elder

This two-page resource from Faith Formation Ministries equips elders to develop spiritual leadership skills, provide pastoral care, and conduct helpful, warm elder visits with church members. 

EldersFaith Nurture
Job Description
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Job Descriptions for Elders and Deacons

View sample job descriptions for elders and deacons that can be modified to suit the specific needs, priorities and circumstances within your congregation.

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Website
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Professing Our Faith Toolkit

The Professing Our Faith toolkit offers practical, creative resources for encouraging a culture of commitment in your church, preparing people to profess their faith, celebration profession of faith in worship, and more. 

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Guide or Toolkit
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Ten Ways to Reduce the Profession of Faith “Fear Factor”

These ten tips from Faith Formation Ministries will help your congregation create welcoming profession of faith practices and traditions for children, teens, and adults in your church.

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Blog
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Wrestling With Privilege

My deepest regret during my service as an Elder is that I did not advocate more for, nor amplify the voices of, marginalized and ostracized minorities while in office.

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Procedure
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One Model for Recruiting Elders and Deacons

Here is the process of recruiting, nominating and selecting elders and deacons used by one particular congregation. Hope this is useful for your congregation!

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Discussion Topic
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Long Distance Baptism Requests

Our council recently received a baptism request from a "long distance" member that attends a church in a nearby town (that believes in infant dedications instead of baptisms). Any advice? 

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Abuse of Power...

I was wondering if the congregation has the right or ability to ask the current elders be removed and new instated?

Elders
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A Fresh Perspective on the Lord's Supper

In discussing and teaching about the Lord’s Supper, we commonly give most attention to the bread and the cup. But let's notice something else about the Lord's Super from I Corinthians. 

EldersPastors
Policy or Guidelines
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How Do I Help Someone Who ... Has Lost a Child in Death

Most of us have never experienced the trauma of losing a child. And while we may not be able to show empathy towards someone who has lost a child, we can express sympathy.

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Story or Testimony
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Blessings In Service - Elder and Deacon Stories

I was reading a Worship article in the Calvary CRC newsletter (Edina, MN) when the following headline caught my eye: Blessings in Service: Elder and Deacon Stories. 

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Q&A
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A Few Good Reasons to Become a Member?

Can anyone provide a few compelling reasons to convince "adherents" who regularly attend and participate to become members?

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Blog
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Two or Three Models for "Doing Church"

These models and word pictures have been proposed as ideas as how to strike a healthy balance in the church of being welcoming, being discerning, being a place of embracing brokenness and being a place of deep transformation both individually and corporately.

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