A framework of scriptural leadership competencies and their contemporary equivalents based on an exegesis of 1 Timothy 3 by Matthew Kutz, the Administrative Director for the Foundation Stone Christian Center, Northwood, OH.
Whether you're a first-timer or have years of experience, The Elder's Handbook will help you carry out your ministry with compassion, grace, and effectiveness.
Synod 1910 made some imaginative recommendations to the local church regarding missions. And today, more than a century later, we may take a lesson.
Personally knowing our members gives us insight into the most important question.
Stories have a strange fascination for most of us. A story well-told is a bit of an extension of our individual lives. We can relate to the story teller as well as to the people in the story. The reverse is also true. The story-teller feels affirmed in our attentive ear.
I wish I had more of it: enthusiasm. It's an interesting word. The '-thu' part is derived from the Greek 'theos' -- God. And “en” is the simple 'in'. So, more of God in us. En-Theos! Enthusiasm!
Many times the desire to live faithfully is defeated by the habits we have unconsciously embraced. This webinar will explore the way habits have power over the church organization and suggest some key habits that are faithful to our tradition and transformative to the church culture.
How will the CRC's new Five Streams vision impact your congregation?
This helpful process will keep you focused on serving the person you are visiting.
Friendships never stand alone. Friendship is a special room in the bigger house of relationships.
What is the role of the church to excercise influence and power in society?
Of all the hardships people suffer, loneliness presses hardest. How will you care for lonely people during this season of Lent?
When bad news comes, those title words still immediately race across my mind. Perhaps there are those who always know exactly what to say, and that I guess would be nice...
There has been much discussion about what age to begin this process (grade 3) and the resources that should be offered to children and parents as preparation, but what about the older baptized member?
No two churches are alike. One important reason is that churches have their own personality. And that is mostly determined by the unique atmosphere that prevails in churches.
Do you have mandates for your work as elders and deacons? Do you regularly review the vision of your ministry? Have you looked at how the Manual of Christian Reformed Church Government defines your responsibilities?
When thinking back of your last Council meeting, could you say, “Yes, that was a pretty good meeting” …?
"... no office-bearer shall lord it over another office-bearer." -- Article 85 of the CRC Church Order. Elders and Deacons belong together, their offices complement each other, their tasks, though distinct, have the same purpose: building the Church of Christ.
When you become an elder (or a deacon or a minister) you will experience a change at least in one respect: you will become more aware of the need to be discreet.
I would like to offer a roundtable on this topic in the Chicagoland area.
Yes, you knew that you should make that sick-visit but you postponed it. But think about this... it could be your best half hour.
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you a stranger and invited you in ...? “When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you …?” (from Matthew 25)
Here is a truism...: Pastors and elders must regularly discuss both the quality of the worship services and the pastors' sermons.
Greetings Everyone! I am wondering if anyone knows if there is some sort of records or database regarding how many churches in the CRC have made the transition from a traditional Council structure to a model where Elders and Deacons are split into administrative and pastoral type roles? (...