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When the Servants are Governors

Getting the roles of governance and ministry mixed up is the crippling confusion in many councils. For deacons, the role confusion can be even more painful and debilitating. Are deacons primarily decision makers? Or are they ministers of benevolence and mercy? Are they sometimes both?

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Listening in on a Conversation

What should the church be doing, then, if government effort seems to have little effect, except maybe for providing ongoing relief? How should the church shape its own response? Can the church actually REDUCE poverty and dependence on programs that help? Even just in our neighborhood? Seems like that’s the ideal...

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Over To You, Melissa!

What does it look like from THAT perspective?   You're going to find out.  The new deacon guide - it's a generational thing!

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Pentecost! Synod! Deacon!

Pentecost!  Synod!  These words go together – or they ought to!   And CHURCH, and INCARNATION.   And without the Spirit, what would incarnation be?  What could be more incarnational than...

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The Hand-Off

When it's transition time on the church council, how can it be as smooth and as affirming as possible?    Relief for the tired retirees and honor for the incoming new members are just not adequate marks of transition! What does your council do to make transitions healthy and as pleasant as possible?

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Can You Spell Stability?

Some of us thrive on turmoil, unanswered questions, and unclear directions.   Most of us don't.  How can we be effective leaders in our respective roles when our own anxieties are snapping at our heels?  

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When Deacons Shine

Unemployment! Can deacons help? In this economy, and in many communities, our churches come in contact with job seekers. What can deacons do?  The church is not an employment agency, but deacons can be a powerful resource to support discouraged job seekers...

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Tired Deacons

"...the more we pursued spiritual formation, the more we were convinced that Christlike people intentionally reach out to those who are ignored, forgotten and marginalized....  We make room for them... because this is what Jesus did."

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Easter Deacons

"Who today is the focus of [the deacons'] task? Our church order and ordination form emphasize the necessity of addressing widening circles of need that center in the congregation. Is this a good distinction for us to be making? Do we run the risk of ignoring greater needs because we see only

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Persuasive Listening

What would make a “persuasive listener”? Well, obviously it’s someone who has already listened well to God’s leading and is listening from within God’s presence.  Listening from within God’s presence would attune me to the Spirit’s leading and discerning.

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Bringing Up the Hard Stuff

You know there is a topic that NEEDS to be discussed. You WANT it to be addressed. And you KNOW it'll cause tension, stress and maybe bad feelings if you bring it up. What to do? Leaders in our congregations need to know how to help the membership deal with difficult topics in fruitful and safe ways. It can be 

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Signs That God's At Work

God seems to be offering our congregation a remarkable set of exciting opportunities in the past year.  It's certainly not that we've been working so hard to cultivate this particular set of events!

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8 Deacon Self Assessment Questions

Want a handy way to run a pre-flight check before serving as a deacon? Want to start a good discussion with fellow deacons? Want to have a discussion at deacons' meeting about "how we're doing"? Here are a few thought-provoking questions!

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Deacons Who Tell Stories

When we relate the Jesus stories to our economic behavior, we do not find obvious and easy applications.  And so we act as a community of discernment - testing our answers and our applications together.   We need each other for this vital task.

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The Moment Is Now! CARPE DEACON!

What if deacons across the denomination began to brainstorm and dialog together about how to strengthen the office of deacon?  What if we blew down the mail box of the deacon task force with great ideas, incisive questions, and vivid stories?  

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A Listening Malfunction

Within minutes my guts started to knot up as he discounted what others were saying in order to push his ideas on the group. Leaders need to listen – nowhere more than in the Church 

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Signs of Community Transformation

Looking for a short but richly packed starting place for a conversation about how your church might get engaged with community transformation? You couldn't find a better place to look than in this 2 page list of questions and bullet points by Jay Van Groningen.

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Feedback to Pastors

Data on CRC congregations and pastors from the Third Wave Report continues to nag at me. It appears that routine feedback to pastors from their councils is a very valuable tool! So, wouldn't you think we'd be doing that as one of our "disciplines"?

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The Power of Story Telling

I love to read stories about what other churches are doing in their communities - especially when they teach and inspire me to think about what MY church could do!  Stories can be resources by themselves AND they can lead the way to MORE resources - especially these stories from CFA!

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