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Several years ago, our church adopted the practice of Faith Promise Giving (FPG). This change in our approach was initiated in response to annual deficits in our financial year-end. Slowly but steadily, this ‘new’ way of giving has changed our perspective...
We often have the privilege of hearing another person's story - but have you thought lately about the responsibility that comes with someone sharing with you? Are you an emotionally safe person - someone who guards their words about others when it comes to reporting, praying or conversations?
I wasn't really paying attention to anyone or anything, I was already lost in the thoughts of my upcoming day, when suddenly my ears perked up. I listened intently because I wasn't sure if I was just imagining it. I wasn't - it was definitely what I thought it was...
If you are a Canadian CRC church seeking to engage your community you may qualify for an Operation Manna grant to help your congregation complete a Community Opportunity Scan, develop a new or grown an existing community ministry! Applications are due by August 15th.
In the middle of a poorly run meeting a question I didn't want to answer bubbled up: "Have I learned more about how to be a good administrator than I have about how to be a faithful disciple through my congregation?"
There are many ways God is revealed in our lives - however, we must be careful not to confuse God revealed with God himself! Too often we forget that things like the confessions and creeds were created to point us to a person, Christ, not to replace that person! As leaders we need to continually draw near to God, to know him more, so that we may lead his people as he would.
Every day we make decisions that draw us near to God or move us away from him. How do we ensure that the choices we may with our finances are ones that honour God and help us to become more like him?
Most of us have debt. Student Loans. Car Loans. Mortgages. Credit cards. Lines of Credit. With all these regular payments our income is quickly depleted. Giving is not a priority. But should it be?