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Just-in-Time Learning

In our just in time culture, just in time learning has come to work of elders. Very few churches have a program of preparation in which people are enrolled prior to their call to be an elder. Which means most elders start the work of eldership feeling unprepared for the challenge of the work. Learning needs to happen on many fronts. Just by reading this, you are seeking information and encouragement for the challenges you face.

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How in the World Do I Start a Blogpost?

I have never written a blogpost before and had to be told what it was. I'm still not sure. But what I am sure about is that I believe this idea of "Network" is a pretty good one. So I'll learn what it takes to be a guide for this "Pastors" section. I won't be alone, I hope. I am looking forward to other colleagues, interested persons, perhaps aspiring pastors to help make this little website helpful, informative and participatory for our callings as pastors.

Pastors
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Sidelines: A Spouse's Perspective

At the end of a beautiful farewell evening at our church for my husband, who was the Youth Pastor, a woman came up to me and said "You worked just as hard as he did all these years, because you were the one who had to give him up every night and take care of your family on your own!" Her comment blessed me so much!

Youth Ministry
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Not What It Always Seems To Be

My van looks better on the outside than it did on the inside. This got me thinking about some of the youth that I worked with. They said the right things and some even did Profession of Faith. But in all reality, their faith in Jesus Christ was not as good as what the outside made it appear.

Youth Ministry
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Urbana 2009

The Triennial Urbana Missions Convention gathered about 17,000 people, mostly college students, for information and inspiration about missions. The CRC was well represented with more than 50 taking advantage of our travel grant and quite a few others who didn't hear about it. We also had three booths. CRWM, Calvin Seminary and World Renew were there. In addition the new Mideast peace and reconciliation of CRWM called Hope Equals made its debut. Hundreds of interested convention goers visited. In addition, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, CRWM missionary in Costa Rica, was one of the plenary speakers...
Global Mission
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Drama With Kids

Some of my favorite Sunday school story times are ones that allow kids to take center stage. When a story engages our imaginations, it sticks with us long after the lesson. There are three things I keep in mind each time I tell a story with partners.

Children's Ministry
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Neither Pity Nor Reverence

Most people with disabilities that I know don't want to be pitied. But neither do they want to be reverenced as if they were paragons of virtue or models of triumph of the human spirit. Way too many journalists who feature stories about people living with disabilities frame their stories in the "reverence" light. "Here's Joe who lives with X disability, but look at all he has done! What determination. What spirit. What an example for all of us!" If I lived with a disability...

Disability Concerns
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Just Like That...

Bad news never announces that it is coming.  Bam...just like that....it's there.  I've been occupying the office of Safe Church Ministry for 15 years.

Safe Church
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Goodbye Generation

Goodbye Generation is a book that captures the voice of today's young adults and their unbiased view of the church, God, spirituality, and more.

Youth Ministry
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A Piece of Encouragement

Leading Sunday school kids can be challenging but we know that every week some of the puzzle pieces are heading out the door with our kids. A song lyric, a glimpse of God, a Scripture verse ... we trust that God is at work, putting those pieces together.

Children's Ministry
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Christmas Themed Tips for Your Website

It's Christmas time, which means its time for family, food, presents, lights, trees, and a chance to reflect on how one birth changed the world forever. However, it also means seeing Christmas Decorations in stores as early as August. It seems that there is no end to what you can buy that is Christmas themed.

Church Communications
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'Mission' ?

What is the first image that comes into your mind when you hear the word "Mission?"Do you picture a rescue mission for homeless people in a decaying neighborhood, or a 19th century missionary in a pith helmet and khaki shorts?  Perhaps you think of a mission statement which your church labored to produce and now is struggling to implement (or has forgotten about).

Global Mission
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Live Streaming Video to iPhone

Have you considered providing video of your services? What about live streaming video? New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, this last June, started streaming their services live to iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Church Communications
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Oh My Aching Comfort Zone!

Oh my aching comfort zone! This morning my file folder ripped and a bunch of stuff filed out onto the floor. There was an article by Plantinga on how do we know if we are REALLY -- I mean REALLY -- real followers of Jesus. What it comes down to is whether I'm willing to pay the COST. Do my "good deeds" COST me something? 

Deacons
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"A Place for All"

A new documentary, "A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities" by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, is to begin airing on ABC affiliates December 6. Please call your local ABC affiliate and ask them to air "A Place for All." See Interfaith Broadcasting Commission for more information.

Disability Concerns
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Five Key Ideas for your Church Website

So many times websites break key principles of web design, or just sit dormant and are not updated or fixed. Heal Your Church Website has a great post that details 5 Things that Heal your Church Website. This list helps to curtail these problems with websites and maybe bring some new life into your website.

Church Communications
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My Ordination Story

I was ordained as a ministry associate from 2006-2008. I served Covenant CRC, St. Catharines as a Ministry Director from September 4, 1999 to June 20, 2008. I sustained my classical examination at Classis Niagara in May 2006 and was official ordained in a Sunday morning worship service on June 25, 2006. June 20, 2008 was my last day serving in ministry at Covenant Church as I resigned from my ministry position there without yet knowing where He was calling me to serve Him next.

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Empathy is key

Empathy is a perspective, a decision, and a skill to reach outside of yourself to connect with someone else. Empathy puts the Golden Rule into action.

Disability Concerns
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Living out our values

The National Association of Evangelicals produced a document in 2004 called “For the Health of the Nation.” It is not so much about health care reform as about the health of the United States as a nation. The scope of the document reaches far beyond the “traditional” evangelical issues of abortion and marriage. These are included, but other matters of justice feature prominently as well. Fortunately, people with disabilities were not forgotten by the authors.

Disability Concerns
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Holy Creativity

I read today about Sir James Dyson’s newest product, the air multiplier, which blows a lot of air at constant rate without any visible moving blades. It’s just a big hoop atop a base. It sounds amazing. Dyson and his company have made their living by thinking outside the box about commonplace things.

Disability Concerns
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Let justice roll

On October 7, Speaker of the US House, Nancy Pelosi, spoke at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda when a statue of Helen Keller was unveiled. Among other things, Pelosi said, “As Helen Keller said: 'My sympathies are with all who struggle for justice.' In her lifetime, Helen Keller worked for opportunity for people with disabilities, for racial equality, and for the rights of women.”

Disability Concerns

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