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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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A Few Pictures From the Road

One of the blessings of being President of Calvin Theological Seminary is the privilege of connecting with a number of people and places. I'd like to highlight one stop. It was at Third CRC in Denver that I saw a number of baby pictures hanging on the walls.

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The Church and the Exercise of Non-Ecclesiastical Power

When the CRCNA wants to speak on “issues” such as race relations, justice, etc., voices of caution and concern are always raised about whether the church may speak on issues such as these which are not within the church’s realm of expertise or responsibility. 

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Angst

I believe the mood of the CRCNA today is anxious ... the presence of the entire framework through which we’ve interpreted the value of the gospel has changed and in many ways we need to work to understand the gospel anew within our present cultural-values framework.

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