"Double vision” involves the ability to see the world from the perspective of another person or culture without losing the unique perspective of our own experience or culture. That means, even professing the same Lord and observing the same events, we as Christians can still view things from distinct angles.
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Are you a small group leader? Here are three types of questions NOT to ask and some tricks to creating a discussion friendly environment.
The following six principles appear and reappear in Scripture, in the history of the church and pockets of current missional practices.
I believe that the work of the elders can be enhanced by deliberately using different processes in our meetings. Let me mention a few and I encourage others to add to the list.
Consider these suggestions before you recruit small group leaders.
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.
Like many denominations, the Christian Reformed Church has too many youth who make profession of faith, go away for college or work—and drop out of church. This trend is pushing churches to ask what profession of faith is for.
When we think about money, we tend to think about our money or my money. Yes, we know that it’s actually God’s money and that we’re stewards of that money. But it’s still easy to keep thinking about money as mine, or as God’s and mine. What’s missing in such thinking is the church. What does the church have to do with my money?
Questions about how to record or stream worship services have come up several times in our Church and Web network. I thought it might be helpful if I brought information together in one place.
Leaders need to be aware of our tendency to let fear and control undermine God’s intention to liberate and restore our humanity including such things as participation, taking responsibility, creativity, and the freedom to explore. How can we do this?
When a person chooses to live with God, there is a consequence. God chooses to transform her life. Knowledge grows. Faith increases. The fruits of the Spirit become evident. For all the differences between people, there is a similarity in the work that the Spirit does in our lives.