I wonder how many times you have experienced the “Saturday emotions” of the disciples when your hopes are dashed, the future is scary, and grief and disappointment abound.
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During the past four weeks I’ve led four Sabbath prayer retreats: two for church councils on different ends of the continent, one for a CRC Classis, and one for the staff of a Christian High School.
The third annual 'Distinctively Healthy' Church Event at Grace Fellowship CRC in Pella, Iowa, focused on this idea and the need for churches to be intentional about intergenerational ministry.
I remember many years ago leaders in church saying that if anyone was discouraged or depressed, they must not be a true believer in God. How wrong and presumptuous to think that the difficulties of life can’t and won’t weary anyone, including a hearty saint!
We at Faith Formation Ministries are grateful that Charlottetown invited us to walk with them for this “Faith Formation Intensive Weekend.” Might your congregation benefit from something similar? Let us know.
Reflecting on the nature and impact of ideologies at work in our society by drawing on Johannes Verkuyl and his book, The Message of Liberation in Our Age.
The no-nonsense approach of the 21-day challenge got my attention, and for the first time in a decade, I committed to memorizing Scripture. Here are some things I learned.
When the youth pastor at Gateway CRC in Abbotsford left, the congregation wasn't sure what the best succession plan was. Here's how they moved forward.
In Canada today, there are 1,200-1,300 people turning 65 years of age every day. In the U.S., 10,000 Boomers reach that milestone birthday each day. Is your church aware of and ready to offer Christ’s love to a growing elderly population?
Read about one church's experience incorporating Lego™ into children's Bible storytime!
As Pastor Jun Kim from the New Westminster (BC) CRC was planning the annual VBS program, he approached Faith Formation Ministries’s regional catalyzer Liz Tolkamp and invited her to help him put together parenting workshops that would take place while the children were in VBS.
I wonder if rethinking the church library might be a way to tackle a manageable adaptive change for congregations being faced with even larger adaptive challenges. Let's discover new ways for church libraries to resource and bless congregations.
My heart skipped a beat when I learned how this church encourages children to use their gifts.