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Getting Involved: World Renew Options

Constituency Engagement is one of World Renew’s key priorities. Many people are surprised to learn that World Renew offers more to churches than Peter Fish! Here are a few ways that we can help you get started or expand ministry at your church.

Global Mission
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Mom's Dementia

Of all the things I imagine doing with mom, feeding her is not on the list. Taking her out for lunch, having coffee with her, giving her a birthday gift, sharing a laugh together, it’s easy to imagine these activities, but not feeding her.

Disability Concerns
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Hanging-out

I wonder if there is a spiritual discipline called “hanging-out.” Probably not, but I think I’m going to consider it to be one. Our small group practiced this “discipline” together  

Small Groups
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James Smith on "Buried Treasure? Reformed Tradition and the Future of the CRC"

I invite you to listen to this talk by Dr. James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College. Both the talk and the talkdown are worth listening to in order to challenge and provoke us pastors, our councils and congregations to re-engage the richness of the Reformed tradition, but NOT traditionalism. I hope you find this as provocative, clarifying and ...

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Young Leaders Say: "Promote The Network"

 At the end of August, a diverse group of 30 young adults gathered to discuss the CRC, its future, and the role of young people in our denomination. You can read more about it in the recent Banner articleConnecting the Church with Young Adults.

Network News
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Now HERE’S a Job for a Deacon!

Here's a church that has thought long and hard about the role of deacon.  Here's a job description that expresses that good thinking.   AND here's a job opening you need to check out!

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Feature Focus: Online Local Listings

One of the most common reasons to visit a church's website is to find the church's address, worship times, or phone number. In fact, it is probably on the home page of your website so that it is easy and quick to find. It should not only be listed on your website but on Bing Local Listings, Google Places and Yahoo! Local as well.

Church Communications
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Deacon Henk: Reflecting on Change

But Henk wasn't falling asleep. Just the opposite, he was having a moment of sharp worry, thinking about his friend whose home might be in foreclosure, thinking about his church, thinking about his denomination. Might as well worry big while you're at it!

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Kids and Their Grownups

Togetherville.com is a Facebook-like social network for children. I clicked the link to check it out and was struck by their tagline: “Online Neighborhoods for Kids and Their Grownups.” 

Children's Ministry
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CRWM Missionary Speaks at World Evangelization Congress

Today in South Africa 4,000 mission leaders are gathered to dream and plan for how to complete the task of world evangelization.  Most of them are Africans, Asians or Latin Americans, demonstrating that God has changed the face of world Christianity in the last century. Among the speakers at this conference is Ruth Padilla DeBorst, a missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions.  

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Affirm Every Child

A scene from the Prodigal Son story flashed through my mind--the moment when the father is telling the older son, "You are always with me, and all that I have is yours!" On a smaller scale it’s like that with children’s ministry, too.  

Children's Ministry
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Facing a Troubled Congregational Past

This coming week at our fall classis meeting we will discuss an overture to make some changes to Article 17.  The request comes out of a concern for the ministry of the church: we have been given a ministry of reconciliation and yet in our practice of Article 17, reconciliation and healing seem so problematic.

Elders
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Good Answers to Questions about Disability

Why is a church without people with disabilities incomplete? What do we mean by the word “disability”? What is ableism? In what ways are people with disabilities marginalized by societies around the world? What is “healing”? A friend of mine, Carolyn Thompson, directed me to a pithy statement called “The Accessible Church: Toward Becoming The Whole Family Of God” which she helped draft for the Massachusetts Council of Churches. Here are some excerpts.

Disability Concerns
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Guest Blog: Worship Flow

I am not a fan of awkward silences. Sometimes silence is good and appropriate – during prayer or following a particularly moving anthem. However, the silence between a pastor’s words of “And now the choir is going to sing for us”  and the choir members standing in their seats and walking to the front is unnecessary and it disrupts the worship flow.  

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When Suicide Rocks a Community

In the last blog post I wrote on Mother Theresa’s profound spiritual suffering and its relation to the pastoral life. The sad, achingly poignant link to our community was the sadness of a 19 year-old’s suicide.

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Lessons in Hospitality

These are small things, but put together help create a warm place where interactions easily happen. In our fast paced world, we tend to bypass the little hospitable things that go a long ways toward creating community. 

Small Groups
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Waiting... But What about our Breath?

My point is that we are waiting with bated breath to see what the BOT has done with the deacons task force. Are you eager to know the reporting deadline? Are you even more eager to know who is on the task force?  I am!  Did the BOT amplify the instructions to the task force ...

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Short Term Missions and Discipleship Training

Several years ago Pastor Dan Ackerman made a statement that really struck me.  He said that today short term missions is what Catechism instruction was: our basic method of discipleship. Short term mission trips went from being an oddity, to an add-on, to something integral to the process of raising our young people as Christians. How do we make the most of them?  

Global Mission
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How Many is Too Much?

How many is too much?  How many new songs can you have in a worship service? I know of churches where including a new song in worship is something that is done with some fear and trepidation on the part of the worship planners who also know that a new song can ...

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Mother Teresa and Pastors (part 2)

A decade into her vocation as nun, Mother Teresa began to suffer “darkness” and the “absence of God.” briefly, that darkness and absence of God constituted her greatest suffering. Yet, after some years, she came to this stunning conclusion: "When you accept the vows [of a nun] you must accept the same fate as Jesus [abandonment by God?]"

Pastors
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Dealing With Real Life Stuff

A six-year-old girl stormed into my class this Sunday with fists clenched. She was angry at a friend — another one of the girls in my class. What do you do in moments like these — when you have a class full of kids and one of them is struggling with real life stuff?

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