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Activating the Inactive

Inactive members deprive themselves of spiritual blessings, the more since their contact with the congregation will likely be minimal. And churches need their service. What can churches do about this sad reality?

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The Amazing Phenomenon of People Talking

Have you watched people having an animated conversation? Every event related with gusto leads to reciting similar events. Observations, remarks, assertions, and comments outdo each other and are plowed under by further talking.

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Ministry to the Sorrowing

Ministry to the sorrowing is a worthy part of an elder's calling. But you may well think of it as a difficult task. Here are some thoughts you may consider helpful.

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Storytelling as Relationship Building

Stories have a strange fascination for most of us. A story well-told is a bit of an extension of our individual lives. We can relate to the story teller as well as to the people in the story. The reverse is also true. The story-teller feels affirmed in our attentive ear.

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Enthusiasm

I wish I had more of it: enthusiasm. It's an interesting word. The '-thu' part is derived from the Greek 'theos' -- God. And “en” is the simple 'in'. So, more of God in us. En-Theos! Enthusiasm!

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Why Every Elder Needs a Deacon

"...  no office-bearer shall lord it over another office-bearer." -- Article 85 of the CRC Church Order. Elders and Deacons belong together, their offices complement each other, their  tasks, though distinct, have the same purpose: building the Church of Christ.

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Elders are Discreet People

When you become an elder (or a deacon or a minister) you will experience a change at least in one respect: you will become more aware of the need to be discreet.

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Making a Sick Visit

Yes, you knew that you should make that sick-visit but you postponed it. But think about this... it could be your best half hour.

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The Lonely Among You

Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you a stranger and invited you in ...? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you …?” (Matthew 25) 

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Elders and Members Keeping in Contact

One reason for leaving mentioned more than once was: so many members don't  feel warmly part of the fellowship of the congregation. You as elders can play a helpful role in that respect.

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When Churches Lose Members

The CRC is losing members. Last summer's synod has talked about it. We have tried to find the causes. We wondered what to do about it. Church-growth creates its own momentum. Growth creates an atmosphere of growth. Is the opposite also true?

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Glad to Meet You ...

For the next several months I will participate with you as readers/writers in talking about the work of elders. We will consider questions and observations around situations you may face. 

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