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Make it Count

Since the time we do have with Sunday School kids is so small, we need to make each minute count. We need to do two things: connect with families and connect with kids. Here’s how.

Children's Ministry
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A Historic Order of Worship

The following chart outlines a historic pattern of Christian worship. While most churches don’t use the exact wording found in this chart, there are thousands of churches on many continents that use a version of this pattern.

Worship
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The Parsonage

Today more ministers live in their own houses than ever before. But not all. Local situations vary. But where pastors live in church-owned housing, consistories do well to think about their retirement days.

Church Admin & FinancePastors
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Death by Suicide

My husband’s suicide brought us pain that was and is immeasurable ... I hesitate to use the word “acceptance,” for how do we “accept” what is totally unacceptable?

Elders
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Ideas for Praying at Classis

Many of us may know this to be true but making prayer a greater part of a classis meeting can be daunting. Where do you start? Doug Kamstra, in his “Classical Prayer Leader’s Resources” binder gives a few ways of getting started praying at Classis.

Classis
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(Church) Family Photos

What would you save if your house was on fire? Many people answer, “My family photos.” Family photos are precious. Our church is a family, too, and it is good to figure out the best way to store our church family photos.

Church Communications
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Can You Spare a Little Grace?

As the Small Group Point Person, it is your job to equip your Small Group Leaders to deal with group members who present special challenges. If not handled properly, an “E.G.R” (Extra Grace Required) can destroy the health (and attendance!) of a small group.

Small Groups
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Easiest Prayer Chain Ever

Several years ago, I started an electronic prayer chain for our church using Google groups. All anyone needs is an email address—no more technical skill is necessary than the ability to read their own email. It’s been the easiest thing ever to create and maintain.

Church Communications
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I See Dead Groups

"Our small group just doesn’t have the energy it used to.” Maybe you’ve had this conversation with a leader. Maybe you’ve had a group yourself and wondered why it seemed stuck. Most of us have been there. What to do? 

Small Groups
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Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Backup

Backup! It’s so necessary, but figuring out the best method for set up and maintenance can be a real quandary. There are so many options. I’ll talk about some, but I’m sure I won’t cover everything. Please share recommendations and feedback from your experience.

Church Communications
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Creative Commons - Images

Most likely your church is using images in many ministry areas—on your website, bulletins, Power Point slides, posters, etc. Creative Commons licenses were made for the way most people use the web. Many times people are willing to share their images, as long as they get credit.

Church Communications
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Making Baptism Memorable

As Christian Reformed congregations reclaim the importance of baptism, they’re making the sacrament multisensory and helping worshipers “live into” their baptisms.

Worship
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Inclusive Communion

As many grains are gathered into one loaf, partaking of the elements binds God’s people together into one. Ironically, when church leaders ignore the unique needs of worshipers with disabilities, some are excluded from the sacrament whose very name includes the word union.

Disability ConcernsWorship
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Methods of Praying in Public Worship

Just as the types of prayers will include a great deal of variety, so should the methods in which we pray represent a variety. Perhaps if we suggest an admittedly incomplete listing of some different methods, it will stimulate your ideas, discussions, and planning.

Worship

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