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Chaplain Stories: A Ministry of Presence

Gordon first met John a few months ago, when John was dying of cancer. John was a crusty and profane old man, a veteran and a recovering alcoholic, uninterested in God or religion. As a hospice chaplain, Gordon often met patients like John, and most of the time they wanted nothing to do with chaplains. John was different, though.

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Bridging the Gap

How do we bridge the gap between the world of the church and the world that lays outside of the church? That gap must be bridged.

Evangelism
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A Fair for the Community in Port St. Lucie

Church planters are leading their congregations to love God and love their neighbors in creative and practical ways. To share a glimpse of how one church plant is doing this and to perhaps spark your own creativity, let me tell you about a recent event hosted by Iglesia Sunlight Español, a Resonate partner church plant in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Church Planting
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Share My Paycheck?

So share my paycheck. That's the idea. My work -- my paycheck -- is directly linked to sharing with those in need in Ephesians 4:28 (NIV). But my paycheck? Sharing? Why is this so difficult to hear and even more difficult to do?

Church Admin & Finance
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Finding Joy in Diaconal Work: A Deacon's Story

Back in June, Diaconal Ministries Canada posed the question, “Why are Deacons needed at Classis & Synod”. They were pleased to hear what other deacons and ministry leaders had to say and one particular email came from Ada Kloet. DMC Staffer Erin Knight had the pleasure of talking to Ada about her experience growing up in the CRC and also about serving as a deacon.

Deacons
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Staying Connected With Sporadic Attenders

Self-identified North American church goers attend church, on average, just once per month. Providence CRC recognized this challenge and is choosing a proactive approach to keep people connected even when they not present on Sunday mornings.

Church Renewal
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Is the Church Bulletin a Sacred Cow?

What role does your church bulletin play in the church’s overall communication strategy? Do we have the bulletin because that’s how it’s always been, or can it be an effective communication tool?

Church Communications
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But Is It Safe?

It’s natural for missionaries, sending organizations, and supporters to think about safety. The question of safety is answered differently by each of us, and in the midst of diverse responses to the current crisis, it’s clear that God makes people differently.

Global Mission
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Growing Up: Continuing Education and Sabbatical Leave

What I want to underline, however, is the need for everyone to advocate and act for the well-being of the pastor.  Failure to take this seriously can result in spiritually unhealthy pastors AND spiritually unhealthy congregations.

Pastors
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Deacons and Church Renewal

Most churches experiencing church-wide renewal also experience renewal among their deacons. They move away from financial management, administration and governance and toward stewardship, mercy and the pursuit of justice.

Church Renewal
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Lord's Supper: Its Life, Its Power

We celebrate Lord's Supper more often than in years past.. We are thankful for it and likely we are very calm about it. This piece is asking: What is the life, what is the power of Lord's Supper?

Pastors
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Coaching Corner: Parenting Workshops at VBS

As Pastor Jun Kim from the New Westminster (BC) CRC was planning the annual VBS program, he approached Faith Formation Ministries’s regional catalyzer Liz Tolkamp and invited her to help him put together parenting workshops that would take place while the children were in VBS.

Faith NurtureVBS
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Manitoba Church on Mission to Bless its Community

Mission statements are wonderful, aren’t they? They tell us exactly what an organization is all about. For First CRC in Brandon, Manitoba, they’ve been discovering that one way practical way for them to fulfill their mission is to partner with a community ministry where one of their members is already serving!

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