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Classis: Past, Present, Future

The classis of our past was a good classis if it was a faithful classis. The classis of the present has to be, at the very least, a responsive classis—it has to respond in some way to the changes impacting our corporate church life. What does a responsive classis in the CRC look like today? And what about the future of classis?

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Craigslist — It's For Churches, Too

Our church has used craigslist for projector light bulbs and sound equipment. Craigslist goes beyond the garage sale concept. It is also a way to find workers or services, or to look for work. It’s really almost unlimited what you can find on craigslist.

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Texting — A Churchly Activity

Do any of you use texting in your church? I think it’s a promising idea. Some churches encourage texting during church services, some use it for sending news, encouragement, prayer requests, whatever information they wish to share.

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Deacons in Leadership

What connection exists between leadership and deacons? Deacons are called to lead as they represent Jesus in the church and in the community, so here are a few examples from His ministry to remind us how serving and leading go hand in hand.

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Recycling

What do people think when they pass by your church and happen to glance in the recycling bins or dumpsters? Say they picked up a bulletin. What would they think about the church upon first glance?

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The Story of the CRC Classical Renewal Ministry Team

In reviewing the history of the CRMT coming out of the task force for the Role of Classis in the 21st Century, the adjectives that come to mind are spontaneous, determined, slow progress, peer learning, learning from each other and leading experts in church change, and from the CRMT representatives who met with classical leaders.

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Dropping Out

Sometimes I wonder how much I get in the way during a worship service. Do I play too many notes? Should we sing acapella? A couple of weeks ago, I was playing from the organ, and I slowly dropped out and let the congregation sing. Yes, it is possible.

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Large Print Bibles

Bible publishers use the terms "large," "extra large," or "giant print" for editions of the Bible which are not truly large print. To avoid confusion, here is a list of truly large print Bibles in various versions.

Disability Concerns
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Mission in Small Groups

Last week I blogged about adding mission and service to your small group. This week I’d like to look at some specific ways to add the missional ingredient to your group.

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