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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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Looking to Deacons to Lead

In the years that I've been observing deacons in the CRCNA, my impression is that we don't really expect much leadership from our deacons.  We have all kinds of reasons for this, but the fact is that it is the exception when deacons give intentional leadership to the congregation. 

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How Many Deacons Does it Take To Change....?

I want to tell you about a book about change that I think is unusually good - it's interesting, it's easy, it's funny, it's profound.  And it'll change how you think about change while offering endless ideas for how to use these insights to bring about change in "real life".  

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Unholy Arthritis

People just aren't as worried about my convenience and my schedule as they should be.  People aren't committed to making progress at my pace.  People aren't first of all concerned about how wonderful I am because I'm helping them.  But the Holy Spirit is at work. 

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Don't Invite Them to Church

This book talks about relationships that are measured by whether friends have "refrigerator rights".  And that's only ONE of the delightful ideas you'll find. The subtitle of the book is "Moving From a Come and See to a GO AND BE CHURCH".  ..

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Charity AND Justice for the Poor

Mary's song of hope becomes more challenging when it moves beyond charity for the poor to judgment: “…but he has sent the rich away empty.”  How are we to participate in the kingdom activity of sending the rich away empty? I can’t say I have ever heard a sermon about that.

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Changing the Culture of a Meeting - Or a Church!

Deacons often build their meetings around problems, needs, shortfalls, and concerns. In a way, that's their job, but the wise deacon has her attitude shaped by graceful abundance, rather than by anxious focus on the problems. So how can one deacon make a difference in how a meeting flows?

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Why Would I Want to be a Servant?

Jesus said, "I am among you as one who serves."  The word he uses is the word for deacon.  This is the pattern of Jesus' ministry.  The attitude is as important as the behavior.  

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Oppression, Calamity, Sin -- How to Help

Grace demands change; it holds us accountable.   How do we do that with fellow humans -- hold this balance between undeserved but conditional?  "Grace is undeserved caring that intercepts destructive behavior".

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Task Force on Deacons - Names Announced!

Let's do everything we can to make this task force a delightful assignment for its members.  Will you help?  You can start with prayer; you can use the Deacons' Forum; you can respond when they ask for help; and you can talk to your fellow deacons and council members about this task force.  Let the deaconal revolution begin!  

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Now HERE’S a Job for a Deacon!

Here's a church that has thought long and hard about the role of deacon.  Here's a job description that expresses that good thinking.   AND here's a job opening you need to check out!

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Deacon Henk: Reflecting on Change

But Henk wasn't falling asleep. Just the opposite, he was having a moment of sharp worry, thinking about his friend whose home might be in foreclosure, thinking about his church, thinking about his denomination. Might as well worry big while you're at it!

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Waiting... But What about our Breath?

My point is that we are waiting with bated breath to see what the BOT has done with the deacons task force. Are you eager to know the reporting deadline? Are you even more eager to know who is on the task force?  I am!  Did the BOT amplify the instructions to the task force ...

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Deacon Henk: Foreclosure Follow-up

A few weeks ago, Herm confided in Deacon Henk about the foreclosure notice he'd received.  It's been a tough few weeks and Herm needs a bit of strong friendship!  "I wish me and the wife could talk about doughnuts and weight.  Seems like we don't talk at all, or we're fussin' at each other about money."

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Great Resource

The old "word/deed" division has vexed us for many years.   In my opinion, it's just not really a biblical distinction.  Words can demonstrate and deeds communicate.

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Four Steps to a Great Deacons' Meeting!

 First, there’s just no getting around it, somebody has to do some good preparation, and that usually falls to the chair.  If you are not the chair, offer to help; this business of having better meetings  involves taking responsibility – stepping up to the tasks.

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Henk Meets a Foreclosure up Close

“Herm, the deacons have been talking about starting a learning and discussion group about family finances. Your call makes me think we should do something and not just talk...

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What If There Were A Revolution!

 Could it have started while we weren’t paying attention? We didn’t notice the first sign – it was Overture 16 to Synod of 2010, followed by the decision of Synod to say YES

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Spider Deacons

What a picture of the organization THAT is! The denominational bureaucracy suddenly looked like a living body, eyeballs connected to kneecaps in ways that were meaningful, and affirming, and exciting. I saw “organic” instead of hierarchical. It looked sweet.

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