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The Giving Manger

The Giving Manger was founded by two sisters wanting to "help families focus on giving and the true meaning of Christmas." Do any of their service ideas intrigue you? 

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Welcome Center Job Description?

We are in the process of further developing a welcome center in our church. Duties involved include successfully greeting and welcoming visitors. Does your church have a job description related to these duties? 

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Continue Welcoming Refugees With a Faithful Budget

Despite the United States’ strong legacy of humanitarianism and refugee resettlement, it is poised to offer its weakest response in nearly a century.

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Ideas for Snowbird Potluck?

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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Did You Mean These Neighbours, Jesus?

We might not know our neighbours or even like our neighbours, but we need to hear God’s call and allow it to guide our faith and actions to love our neighbours on the streets, in schools, at work, and in our churches. 

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Visitation Brings Hope and Life

I remember the turning point for Larry’s new faith journey. He had witnessed a model of service that was new to him—a church that showed it cared about those who are afflicted.

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What Kinds of Questions Empower Others?

Imagine someone comes knocking at your door or at your church door asking for help. What are the first questions you ask them? 

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Welcoming All at Christmas

Many congregations experience an influx of visitors over Christmas. And sometimes in the rush to welcome those who are new, we forget to enfold those who used to be more familiar—like the young adults and students. 

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A Lesson in Hospitality From My Visit to First Zion Baptist Church

While on vacation in South Carolina, my wife and I worshiped at First Zion Baptist Church. And though it was immediately clear that we were visitors in a strange land, this little church with a big heart welcomed us. . . 

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Belonging

Several years back, a middle-aged couple in our church told me: “We’ve been members here for 12 years and we still feel like outsiders.” 

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Kathy's Question: "Why Do You Hate Me?"

I was struck dumb, my mind racing. What had I done or said to evoke such a question? I don’t remember how the conversation concluded. But I do remember its impact on me.

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Haunted by Grace

Two years ago I heard a young woman say, “I long to be part of a church that smells like Jesus.” Her longing forced me to stand in front of the mirror of self-reflection. 

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Spirituality, Hospitality, and Disability

Focusing less on practical accessibility concerns, this study looks at the church, the Christian community, as it responds—whether positively or negatively—to the presence of persons with disabilities. 

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A Gracious Welcome

This welcome statement challenges me to reconsider whether there are people I’ve labeled as beyond God’s reach and therefore not truly welcome to worship...

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Resources for Becoming a More Welcoming Church

I recently talked to a church that was looking for materials to help them become more welcoming. I've shared some resources I found but would love to hear your tips as well! 

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How Do You Minister to the Homebound During Winter?

Has your church has found any creative or practical ways to minister and show love to those who are homebound during the winter?

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Church Signs: What Do They REALLY Say?

It’s been said, “You only get one first impression.” If that is the case, what kind of information should church signs include? How can we encourage people to pull into the parking lot?

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MOSAIC at New Westminster CRC

Our congregation’s MOSAIC ministry began with a simple dinner invitation. We hosted 3 visiting Chinese scholars, and 2 Indian students. What a joy it was to learn of each other’s culture...

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Ministry of Presence

“Ministry of presence” is a favorite phrase of chaplains to describe how they work -- with or without words -- to be the vehicle of God’s love. Some speak of this as “incarnational ministry.”

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A Case for Hospitality

The Apostle Paul was all in favor of hospitality. But his reasons for urging believers to be hospitable were visionary. He uses Romans 12 to tell people how to express it in their daily lives.

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Table for One

I stood there all by my lonesome. I stood there for a little bit too. Being about 6 foot 5 and that night wearing a very bright Hawaiian shirt and blue jeans, I couldn’t be missed. But I seemed to have been forgotten...

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Diaspora Ministry

Approximately three percent of the earth’s population is living in a country or setting that is different from the one in which they were born. Many of these people have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Resources for Being a Welcoming Church

Here are a couple of webinar recordings that may be helpful to those working in hospitality ministry in the church. Both are less than 60 minutes in length. Being a welcoming church and extending hospitality goes beyond the greeting at the door, the smiles and the handshakes. If you're wondering if the life and ministry of your church is inclusive of all people, take a look at this webinar presented by Mark Stephenson, Director of Disability Concerns called " Is Everyone Really Welcome to Your Church? " According to Jerod Clark of Church Juice, every time someone encounters your church,...
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