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Using Mediation to Resolve Conflicts in the Church

How familiar are you with The Mediation Process? Should every Pastor be trained in Mediation? I believe it is a process that allows us to settle disagreements with understanding, compassion and many times wholeness in what was once a broken relationship.

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Elder/Deacon nominees?

What are effective ways to get people to stand for church leadership positions? More and more the comment is, "I know you have a hard time getting elders and deacons, but I can't/won't do that." Or, "I don't feel qualified to do that--why does the Council keep nominating me." Especially frustrating in regard to the latter is that even when we suggest that none of us truly have those gifts, but for the Holy Spirit's work, the answer is still "no." The problem is that in a small congregation, that means the same few people continue to step up to serve. I'd love to hear how other congregations...
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One Size Does Not Fit All

Do you know what your church's personality is?  What is the main emphasis of your ministry?  Are all Christian Reformed Churches the same?

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Elders, The Mind, Guns

How should the church approach the "Gun Issue"?  How does social media shape our minds as to our approach to owning and using guns and the outbreak of violence"? 

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Moral Injury and Soul Repair Webinar

In this webinar, Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and Chaplain Herman Keizer discuss the definition and causes of moral injury, how it differs from post-traumatic stress disorder and what’s involved in the recovery process. They also share about the importance of congregations and communities in the process of soul repair.

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Do you have a policy re weddings?

Further to the Church Order, has anyone formulated a policy or guideline to determine under what conditions a couple can be married in your church? Question came up in a Consistory meeting, thinking about past marriages between believers and non-believers who subsequently disappeared. What about facilities rentals?
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How much information do elders have on members' financial offerings to the church?

Around this time each year our council receives the financial results for the church year, and we also recieve statistics on the annual giving of our members (without names). We then have a recurring discussion from the year before noting certain patterns and how many "zeros" there are. The question arises whether the elders and/or deacons should have knowledge of the names of members' financial contributions to the church? We feel there is no need to have this information unless we are actually planning to do something useful with it. What is a pastoral way to handle the information that we...
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A Church Check

You have any idea how a visitor views your church?  Do we take for granted we are doing everything well?

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