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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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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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Do Pastors Need Professional Supervision?

One striking difference between pastoring and social work is the function and role of supervision.  Professional supervision consists of a candid review and empowering of both the social worker’s practice and personhood in order to practice ethically and therapeutically and “do no harm” to the clients. I believe that pastors need a similar kind of supervision.

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Getting Rid of a Minister

The title may seem a bit crass -- and actually it is -- but that is precisely the question that I am asked most often as a stated clerk by elders: "How do we get rid of our minister?" I vividly recall the conversation from the chair of council who actually began our phone conversation with that question. I quickly learned that he was the one having difficulty with his pastor and he simply wanted him 'gone'.

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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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The Ministry of Healing and the Work of Elder

Confession of sin is part of the healing process. It's important to note that this does not mean that a particular sin was the cause of sickness.  It does mean that when we come before the Lord with a request on our lips we also prepare to enter into the presence of God. Coming before the Lord is not a “right,” but a gift of the Lord.  

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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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Hungry

I have heard the suggestion that celebrating the Lord’s Supper too often may make it less meaningful. However, if more frequent partaking threatens the meaningfulness of the Lord’s Supper, how come no one worries about the frequency (weekly, often twice!) of preaching?

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Invited

Like all good fathers, our heavenly Father seeks to nourish His children. By welcoming children to the Lord’s Supper, I see us correcting two unfortunate double standards that have become part of our tradition.

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Invited (part 2)

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 

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On Discipleship

We have discipleship classes where we teach people the basics of the Christian faith. We have new member classes that teach the fundamentals of faith. However, the more I study the art of discipleship the more I realize that formal education is just a part of what we are called to do when Jesus tells us to make disciples...

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The Gospel Affects Everything

If we desire to reach the next generation we need to show how the gospel literally affects everything. If we simply spout out doctrine, creeds, confessions, and our Reformed roots without answering the why this matters question it does us no good. We are living in a generation that is biblically and theologically illiterate and they need help...

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No Janitor

Our church doesn’t have a paid janitor. Instead, we consider ourselves a church of janitors. People take turns mopping, vacuuming, and cleaning bathrooms and the kitchen in preparation for our worship gathering on Sunday.

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The Challenges of Church Renewal

Renewal in congregations is usually intentional. It’s often messy too. Some people feel threatened while others are overly eager. And often leaders give up. It is hard work — even though it is holy ... What questions do you have about the journey of church renewal?

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Angst

I believe the mood of the CRCNA today is anxious ... the presence of the entire framework through which we’ve interpreted the value of the gospel has changed and in many ways we need to work to understand the gospel anew within our present cultural-values framework.

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The Church and the Exercise of Non-Ecclesiastical Power

When the CRCNA wants to speak on “issues” such as race relations, justice, etc., voices of caution and concern are always raised about whether the church may speak on issues such as these which are not within the church’s realm of expertise or responsibility. 

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How Effective Is Your Church's Ministry?

Church Ministry vs. Church Numbers - Which is more important to measure? As elders how do you assess the effectiveness of your church’s ministry both within the walls of the church as well as in the greater community you service?

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