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Using Mediation to Resolve Conflicts in the Church

How familiar are you with The Mediation Process? Should every Pastor be trained in Mediation? I believe it is a process that allows us to settle disagreements with understanding, compassion and many times wholeness in what was once a broken relationship.

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One Size Does Not Fit All

Do you know what your church's personality is?  What is the main emphasis of your ministry?  Are all Christian Reformed Churches the same?

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Elders, The Mind, Guns

How should the church approach the "Gun Issue"?  How does social media shape our minds as to our approach to owning and using guns and the outbreak of violence"? 

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A Church Check

You have any idea how a visitor views your church?  Do we take for granted we are doing everything well?

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Church is Boring!

Have you ever heard someone say, "Church is boring?"  How do you explain that the church is about more than entertainment?

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Are We All Equal?

We are created equal.  We are not created equal.  Which is it? I would suggest that as individuals we are not all equal.

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What is Your Bottom Line?

What is the bottom line?  My wife and I just purchased a new car and that was the question that we asked ourselves as well as the dealer who sold us the car.  With that question fresh on my mind, I thought about it in a larger context; namely life.  

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How Do We Know Which Story is True?

How wrong can a School Administrator be or is He right? My concern is based on a conversation I had with a Christian School Administrator.  The conversation occurred a few years ago and it made a lasting impression on me.

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Whatever Happened to Church Discipline?

My father adhered to the old adage, “Spare the rod; spoil the child”.  He did not spoil many of his six children. In fact school faculties were not hesitant to use the same method of discipline.

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Check Out the Music

This past week I questioned the content of one of the “praise songs” sung at the church I attended.  Perhaps I am wrong but I ask you as reader to give me some advice. Is God "untameable"?

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Do Pastors Need Professional Supervision?

One striking difference between pastoring and social work is the function and role of supervision.  Professional supervision consists of a candid review and empowering of both the social worker’s practice and personhood in order to practice ethically and therapeutically and “do no harm” to the clients. I believe that pastors need a similar kind of supervision.

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How Effective Is Your Church's Ministry?

Church Ministry vs. Church Numbers - Which is more important to measure? As elders how do you assess the effectiveness of your church’s ministry both within the walls of the church as well as in the greater community you service?

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How Do You Keep Peace in the Council Room?

So what is "Mutual Censure" really all about? In a Council meeting if someone has an issue the sooner it is placed on the table, discussed and resolved the better future council meeting will be.  It prevents council members seeing each other from a bias perspective.

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So How Good are the Sermons in the CRC?

At one time preaching was judged in the Christian Reformed Church as to their theological content. The sermon needed to be theologically sound.  Theologically sound meant that the sermon reflected a "reformed" world and life view that was consistent with the three confessions of the church.

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Is Confession Still Good for the Soul?

Is “confession good for the soul” still true in today’s society or for that matter in the church? Two out of three churches I attended recently did not contain “ a Call to Confession and Words of Assurance” in their order of worship. In fact two out the three churches seldom if ever have it in the order of worship.

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