How many pastors does it take to change a Christian Reformed church? The best and right answer is probably “None.” But that hasn’t kept many of my ilk from trying. Some try wisely, some foolishly. We all pray we’re faithful to God in building up the church and serving in God’s world.
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A book review on Preaching with Conviction: Connecting with Postmodern Listeners by Kenton C. Anderson.
This is the last article I plan to post in this series on leadership. I hope that the honest and heartfelt stories count as a helpful, popular, accessible contribution to our conversation and actions about leadership and leaders in the CRC.
A frightfully realistic, hence necessary corollary to all axioms of leadership is this: Church leaders WILL trip, stumble and fall. Not all will do irreparable damage to themselves or others as they fall; sometimes no one but God notices. Regardless, the result is always disheartening.
James C. Dekker, pastor of Covenant Christian Reformed Church in St. Catharines, Ontario, remembers that he never was able to practice personal devotions faithfully until he suffered his own mini-death and found hope from Christ’s resurrection from once-broken colleagues.
In “Leadership: A Working Definition,” the Christian Reformed Church’s Leadership Development Team calls its fourth leadership principle “confluence.” Let's explore “confluence” by using the following river metaphor.
As we dig into “conviction,” the second leadership trait that congregations can develop, we switch to a new image—a ship on a voyage. Here’s the story.
A book review of The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call by Marva Dawn and Eugene Peterson.