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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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?
I have Jesus-following friends who disagree – strongly – about what the national budget should look like. I have conflicting convictions within myself! But does it have anything to do with deacons?
A need, a hunger, a challenge, a deadline.... what reasons would YOU add to this list of reasons why it's good to be a deacon NOW? I've come up with only 6! Who will see my six and raise me at least one?
We deacons are in a leadership role and as such our job is to empower, prepare, nurture and disciple our congregation to go out into the world and do the real work of the church. How do we do this?
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
With powerful stories and solid biblical exegesis, Amy Sherman unpacks what it means for the church to be a Preview of the coming Kingdom attraction!
So what should deacons be talking about in their meetings? Here’s a list of some key topics that will help deacons give leadership in making sure the congregation stays fresh.
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.
The church is the sign of the Kingdom, and part of its task is to set out more signs, showing what that Kingdom is like and pointing the way. Read about some signs of transformation.
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!
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.
What connection exists between leadership and deacons? Deacons are called to lead as they represent Jesus in the church and in the community, so here are a few examples from His ministry to remind us how serving and leading go hand in hand.
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".
Every once in a while some angry prophet gets in my face, jerks me to attention, and pushes my nose into reality. I desperately want to get away. What I really need to do is trust and obey.