Christian Reformed Church congregations across North America deal with challenges in different ways. A recent e-mail poll of congregations in the CRC found a couple that reported they are barely hanging on, but they remain focused on ministry.
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As we begin to think of the heart and scope of the Gospel and embracing a missional understanding of the church, the ramifications for the local church will be subtle but significant.
Gift income includes gifts and contributions from individuals, special offerings, estate gifts, funds raised for disaster relief, and ministry shares. Among all these sources one of the most important, though often the least understood, is ministry shares.
What does it take to become intentional about intergenerational worship?
We all face tough questions about our charitable giving. In tough financial times, these questions are even harder to answer. That’s one reason why the Christian Reformed Church in North America has a system called ministry shares.
In a world in which we have endless ways to communicate, people are disconnected from each other. The internet provides an opportunity to reconnect with other believers.
“We are what we eat.” Anyone who’s suffering the cumulative effect of too many ice cream sundaes knows that’s true. But when it comes to matters of spirituality and faith, I’d like to suggest, we are what we sing.
As a fellowship of believers, we can’t just leave such disasters up to the marketplace or the government to “fix.” Our congregations need to rise to the challenge of coming alongside our sisters and brothers who fall victim to the economic slump.
Choosing a domain name is an important choice for a church's online presence. Following are guidelines and unspoken conventions for choosing a domain name for a church.
There is no doubt that the process of evaluation can be helpful in the growth of a pastor and in the mutual ministry of pastors and elders. Yet, it may get tricky for a whole lot of reasons. Let me pick up on two aspects of the dilemma.
The office of deacon is a unique and divine calling within the church. Although serving as a deacon has often wrongly been viewed as a stepping-stone to becoming an elder, each office has its own set of special leadership roles and responsibilities and requires specific gifts.