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?
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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.
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.
In Canada today, there are 1,200-1,300 people turning 65 years of age every day. In the U.S., 10,000 Boomers reach that milestone birthday each day. Is your church aware of and ready to offer Christ’s love to a growing elderly population?
Miriam Spies just started serving as Volunteer and Communications Specialist for Disability Concerns (20 hrs) and Safe Church (10 hrs).
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.
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.
Read about one church's experience incorporating Lego™ into children's Bible storytime!
Lecturing my millennial friend on the priorities of giving won't accomplish much. Truth is, he has a lot more to say about how and when church ministry will be paid for than I do.
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.
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!
I wonder if rethinking the church library might be a way to tackle a manageable adaptive change for congregations being faced with even larger adaptive challenges. Let's discover new ways for church libraries to resource and bless congregations.
Since a deacon's mandate is to “lead and equip the church to minister to its members and the world in a rich diversity of ministries, awaken compassion, demonstrate mercy, seek justice, and collaborate with God’s Spirit for the transformation of persons and communities,” can they ever really ‘take a break’??