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Turning the CRC Into an Lgbtq+ Ally

Last Thursday I attended an event at Sherman Street CRC hosted by All One Body. Their goal is to transform the CRC into a denomination that fully accepts and celebrates all aspects of the LGBTQ+ ideology. Here is their strategy.

CRCNA and Synod
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I'm Jealous of Your Faith

When we compare our own spiritual life to other people’s, we’re missing the beauty and importance of both of them. The way other people relate to God should be celebrated, not envied.

Faith Nurture
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Have We Lost the Art of Conversation?

When was the last time we struck up a conversation with a stranger, much less our neighbor? What if every person in our churches initiated conversations on a regular basis? What would we learn about where God is working in the world?

Global Mission
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The Best Form of Marketing

Even though we talk a lot about more technologically advanced forms of communication, the best way to get people to attend your next outreach event is still found in one of the most traditional forms: personal invitation.

Church Communications
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Fundraising: Ministry, or a Dirty Word?

Fundraising doesn’t always have a great reputation. At best, some view it as a means to get to “real” spiritual work. At worst, it’s a “necessary evil.” But what if it's a way to announce vision and invite people into the mission? 

Global MissionStewardship
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Praying for 10

We asked her how many new faces she would like to see? Marge hesitated a bit and said 5. Then she said, “No, I feel led to pray for 10!”

Coffee Break
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Pioneering Coffee Break Leaders

In September, Chicago area Coffee Break leaders gathered to hear the story of these pioneering leaders and to re-imagine how the principles of those first groups might inform how we reach people today.

Coffee Break
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Updates from Safe Church Coordinators: Muskegon, MI

This was one of those conferences that doesn’t just fade away from your memory once you return home. On the contrary, I was inspired to do more, study more, read more, and be a stronger advocate for victims of abuse.

Safe Church
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She Could Not Go Unnoticed

In a world that is getting increasingly polarized and where people are pitted against each other, we are never alone or unnoticed by Jesus.

Faith Nurture
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Hey, Church...Wanna Hear a Secret?

In the past year since becoming Barnabas Foundation’s church communications director, I’ve realized many churches miss something critical that other Christian not-for-profits get. Let me share the secret. 

Church Admin & FinancePastors
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A Stranger Barged In

Do we share our love easily with someone different from us? We pride ourselves on maintaining a status quo of acceptable friends, but what about others in various difficult situations? 

Hospitality
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Financial Shalom Updates Program Guidelines

Financial Shalom supports CRC pastors facing a wide variety of financial challenges by providing grants of up to $4,000.  The project recently revised some of the grant guidelines.  

Pastors
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Singing Broken Hallelujahs

Too many times people think that Christianity is all happy-clappy being blessed (especially by other Christians). But that is far from the truth. And thus we sing, with tears in our eyes, broken hallelujahs. 

Worship
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When We Tell Our Stories

There are three basic points of view from which we tell our stories: hero, victim and villain. Listening to how we tell our own stories and others tell their stories can be instructive.

Pastors
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October is the New September

No matter when you begin your ministry season, it is always most excellent to use a few tried and true methods to help your church start off on the start note. What have you found vital to kicking off your season, whether in September or October?

Faith NurtureYouth Ministry

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