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What's the best way to share original worship music?

I'm wondering if anyone knows the best way to share original worship music. I've written some songs and I've shared them on my personal website and Facebook, but how do you go about sharing a new worship song to the broader community?
Worship
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The Pathological Pursuit of Goodness

 Yesterday I preached on the parable of the prodigal – with emphasis on the elder son on the story.  This morning I read Psalm 1.  The two passages provide an intriguing intersection of ideas.  Psalm 1 celebrates the Law of the Lord.  It is a source of life and hope.  Such a life of righteousness is a place of abundance.   Yet the elder son who did everything commanded stands on the outside of the celebration of redemption.   

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Young Adults Spirituality Poll

Is the faith life of our young adults a mile wide and an inch deep? Why are so many young people leaving the church? This article "Young adults spirituality is 'wide, shallow, compelling': Pollster" in USA Today shares some interesting facts about young adults.

Youth Ministry
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Accessibility Audit

Is your church set up to be sensitive to the needs of those with disabilities? Do your youth understand what is it like to live with some form of disability? Check out this awesome activity that your youth can do during an evening.

Youth Ministry
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Recruiting Volunteers Via the Internet

How do you get volunteers to serve in ministry along side you? Brian Bierenga, Youth Pastor at Brookside CRC, shares his approach by using the internet. He suggests three things: Use email, Use template, Track Smarter.This is a fantastic blog to equip you as a Youth Ministry Leader in recruiting volunteers.

Youth Ministry
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Parenting a Special Needs Child

This Focus on the Family article series describes itself like this: "Amid these stories from other parents, you'll find tips and tools in the areas of schooling, church, balancing the needs of your disabled child and the needs of your other children, coping when your circumstances have become too hard and encouragement in developing friendships."

Disability Concerns
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What? God Use Me?

You know the feeling. You’re asked to step into a new role either in ministry or everyday life and you feel totally inadequate for the task. That’s how a potential small group leader felt last night when I suggested he lead a group for the first time.

Small Groups
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Do you know of websites that would interest children or adults that we could add to a church library webpage?

We are almost ready to put our church's library online. I would like to have links to interesting websites for both children and adults. For the adult section I am looking for links to Bible helps or study, further Christian learning, virtual tours of Christian places in the world, Christian art, or basically anything that CRC users might find interesting For the children I would like links to Christian games or fun activities. My dearest wish is for the Banner to put their children's page online. What a resource that would be!! Please send me your ideas or comments.
Church Libraries
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Let's Keep Thinking about the "Second Service"

It appears that confessional preaching/teaching and the second worship services are both going the way of the dodo bird and passenger pigeon in most places in our denomination. Check out this article about second services by Matt Vande Bunte in a recent on-line issue of The Grand Rapids Press and then read on. I hope the article remains available for a while.

Pastors
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What Impression Does Your Website give to Visitors?

A while ago I wrote an article detailing several items that every church website should include no matter the size of their church or website. Mick Mel's recent post "Don’t be like a “University Website"" details many of the items I mentioned along with several items that are unnecessary on your church's homepage. Most of the items are aimed at presenting a good impression for your church, but also help with not frustrating return visitors.  

Church Communications
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Our Email That You (Probably) Missed

Last Wednesday we sent an email to all CRC pastors and church offices. It's something we do very judiciously — in fact, it was our first email to pastors about The Network since the launch last February. Here's a copy of the email we sent.

Network News
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Congregational Stewardship = Team Work

"Encouraging stewardship is the task of all leaders in the church," according to Robert C. Heerspink in his book, Firstfruits:  A Stewardship Guide for Church Leaders. Looking for "food for thought"? Currently, there is great reading about steward leadership on other areas of the CRC Network.

Stewardship

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