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Six Dollars a Week [Video]

It was suggested that more information was needed by the churches as to what is funded with Ministry Shares. A team of gifted communication leaders has just put together a mailing to more effectively communicate Ministry Shares. 

Church Admin & Finance
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Can We Measure Faith?

Faith Formation is something those of us who work in Church education think about quite a bit. But measuring faith is very difficult. Robert J. Keeley suggests that there are four accents that show a vibrant faith: creed, community, call and hope.

Children's Ministry
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2012 Synod Agenda Available

The Agenda for Synod 2012 is now available on the Synodical Resources page of the Christian Reformed Church website. Hard copies of the Agenda will be mailed to church councils later this month. In addition, a report to synod by the Task Force Reviewing Structure and Culture is also available on the CRC website as an Agenda Supplement. 

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God Sees the Heart

Francine Bell, who has been a volunteer with CRC Disability Concerns for many years, recently published a book of thoughtful and personal devotions called I Can Do All Things. She has given me permission to share one of the devotions.

Disability Concerns
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Teaching Kids with Visual Impairments

In Sunday school, we want to create an environment where everybody belongs and everybody learns and grows together. What does that mean for kids with visual impairments? Check out these helpful ideas from Sister Barbara Cline, the Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. 

Children's Ministry
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Creating a "No-Bully Zone"

Bullying. Just say the word, and most people have a story to tell. So what can you do to ensure that bullying doesn’t happen on your watch? Here are some pointers gathered from organizations that have studied the issue of bullying and its effect on kids. 

Children's Ministry
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Five Books on Mental Illness

Considering that 25 percent of us will experience a diagnosable mental illness in the course of our lifetimes, all pastors and church leaders will deal with mental illness themselves, in their families, and/or in their congregations. These five books will help in ministering with people affected by mental illnesses.

Disability Concerns
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WANTED: Families to Field Test a New Prayer Book

Come to Me, a unique family “prayer book” now in development by Faith Alive, is an exciting new venture designed to bring families closer together and closer to God. We’re looking for families to field-test a sample of this book, which makes spending time with God a natural, doable, and meaningful part of family life. 

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Disability Ministry Planning

Many church volunteers get stuck when considering ministry with people who have disabilities because they don't know where to start. With the permission of the people who developed the attached plan, I share it, in slightly edited form, not because it can be adopted whole cloth, but because it may provide a starting point for your own church.

Disability Concerns
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Learning in a Grown Up World

The concept of mental age perpetuates the myth that the adult with an intellectual disability is still, to some extent, not fully adult. As teachers, it is important to be mindful of this concept simply because it can help guide effective teaching activities.

Disability Concerns
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How Is Your Giving?

It is important to track your giving so you know as leadership where the church finances stand at any time. Each church handles giving communication differently and these are a few ideas from a variety of churches. 

Church Admin & Finance
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Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

People need an opportunity “to sing and to pray. . . . to offer up the pain, the loneliness, the sad and dark memories, and the anxiety and fear to the one whose birth we eagerly await, Jesus Christ. . . . to find hope and peace in this service and comfort in knowing that you are not alone.”

Disability Concerns

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