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The Dangers of Enabling

This post written by Bernita Tuinenga, Co-Executive Director of Volunteers in Service (based in Grand Rapids, MI), explains and addresses the problem of enabling behavior that too often characterizes how we do and understand diaconal ministry.

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Generational Differences

As a church body we are multi-generational, so how do we deal with the lack of "like mindedness" that may come when we are serving on a team spanning generations?

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Faith Promise Giving

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...

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Missional Tithing

Many times people begin talking about tithing by going to Malachi 3:10 where God tells his people to bring in the whole tithe, and he will bless them. But remember, the purpose of tithing is not to be blessed but to bless. 

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Tips for Hospital Visits

Looking for tips on how to do hospital visits well?  Applicable not only to deacons, but also to pastors, elders or anyone who offers compassionate care, this blog post shares some dos and don'ts to help you out! You can also add your own...

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Justice: Is It Even Worth It?

Have you ever wondered about whether justice is worth it?  With some thoughts about this provocative question  and a passionate video you'll get a response that may be more than you bargained for. 

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The Kingdom of God is Like a Concert

Suddenly Sarah McLachlan said "your turn" and the crowd burst into song, more shouting than singing with her. It didn't matter that they had no skill or musical ability, they simply joined together with her...

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Emotionally Safe People

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?

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