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Pastor Peer Learning Grants

Peer Learning Grants enable CRC pastors to gather for support, learning, encouragement and prayer over a period of about a year. If you're looking to foster health in your ministry, life and relationships and nurture your wellbeing, check out the application form and overview document.

Pastors
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The Power of a Phone Call

I poured so much energy into those hundreds (actually a few thousand) sermons, and so I was amazed to hear that the memorable touch of ministry was the few phone calls I made most days.

Pastors
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Into All Truth: The Value of Continuing Education

Even the best seminary degree represents little more than a priming of the pump for a lifetime of abiding learning. The wise church knows this and provides pastors with rich and ongoing opportunities to be led by the Spirit.

Pastors
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The Regional Pastor’s Bookshelf: On a Journey

I recommend both these books to pastors, and particularly to Regional Pastors. They can provide a lens and language that could generate vital conversations in one-to-one or group conversations with pastors.

Pastors
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Pastors: Finding a Rhythm in an OffBeat Life

This post explores the challenge of navigating a life where the rhythm of family, spouse and congregation are out of synch with the rhythm of a pastor's life. 

Pastors
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Not Enough Time?

Should it matter to us that the people who seem to have the most to say about certain issues Christians rightly care about do not themselves have any formal biblical-theological training?

Pastors
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What's Your Advent Theme This Year?

If willing to share, I'd love to hear what your Advent theme is this year. I'm also curious, what are some of the ways that you are engaging your Advent theme beyond the sermon?

Pastors
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Seven Things I Wish I Knew Before Seminary

A year into my seminary career, I'm still a rookie in the world of theological education. Even so, here are seven things I wish someone had told me before I entered seminary. 

Pastors
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Three Types of Mentoring Relationships

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Vmware, identifies three mentoring relationships that were crucial to the success of his career. What do you like most about Gelsinger's types? In what ways do you relate to these types in your own life?

Leadership DevelopmentPastors
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Preaching in Public

We preach in our churches but in the larger sense we are always preaching in public. We cannot bracket out the larger world when we preach.

Pastors
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Answering the 'So What' and 'Now What' Questions When Preaching

There’s an old saying that “some folks are so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good.” Is it possible that preaching can be “so heavenly minded” that its “earthly good” is limited? 

Pastors
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Pastor Connections on Sunday

I don't want to be insensitive but often on Sundays the same few people seem to "corner" the pastor and "tie" him up for several minutes. Suggestions on how to address this? 

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ChurchExcel: FREE Financial Resources for Church Leaders

The CRCNA is excited to partner with ECFA to provide you with ChurchExcel! This FREE resource subscription will help take the guesswork out of managing the business side of your church.

Church Admin & FinancePastors
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Pastor Prejudice

Some recent conversations I've had with churches, pastors and candidates prompt me to name a reality that exists and needs to be challenged. The reality is that there is a prejudice against two groups of pastors. 

Pastors
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What Happens to the Pastor After a Church Closes?

There is grief in the closing of a church—for the parishioners and for the pastor. Allow space for grief, allow space for loss, and allow freedom to let the pastor move forward in serving God’s kingdom.

Leadership DevelopmentPastors
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The Grateful Heart

Gratitude somehow builds up in us during the ordinary and good times of life so as to make us less likely to be defeated when the bottom falls out on us in this or that area of life. 

Faith NurturePastors
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Do Our Churches Preach Cheap Grace?

What struggling Christians desperately need to hear is not merely that God affirms them, regardless of their sin. What struggling Christians desperately need to hear is that God empowers them toward life in the Spirit.

Pastors
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The Kinetic Church

In many church circles, people are trying to move the church into becoming an Acts 2 kind of church. A church that reflects the church found in the Bible. But there's something missing here. 

Church RenewalPastors
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What Version of the Bible Do Most CRC Pastors Use?

I'm looking to purchase a new compact Bible and wonder what version most CRC pastors are using. I see the TNIV, ESV, and NLT have all been approved in the last 11 years. 

Faith NurturePastors
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Creation Care Preaching Challenge

Calling all pastors! Have you ever talked about creation care or climate change from the pulpit? We encourage you to participate in the Creation Care Preaching Challenge.

Biblical JusticePastors

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