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Advice on Doing A Webinar?

CRC and RCA DC ministries would like to put on a webinar. For those of you who have done webinars, do you have a how to and best practice list that you'd be willing to share?

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Ministry Evaluation Tool?

I'm looking for a "tool" to use to effectively evaluate various ministries in the church. Thoughts?

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Time Tracking & Overtime for Salaried Employees

Do salaried employees (such as pastors) need to track hours? Are they exempt from overtime even if they work more than 40 hours/week?

Church Admin & Finance
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Emailing Church Members

Our church is having trouble sending out large group emails using Outlook (not everyone is getting our emails). Anyone know of another way to send out messages?

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Starting a Ministry...Advice Needed

...trying to get some accurate advice on liability, child protection, and donations/taxes with regards to a ministry that has grown at our church...

Ministry CoordinationYouth Ministry
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Welcome Center Job Description?

We are in the process of further developing a welcome center in our church. Duties involved include successfully greeting and welcoming visitors. Does your church have a job description related to these duties? 

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Taxes

I decided in church yesterday that whatever money I saved from my taxes because of the recently passed tax law I will donate to the church. Any joiners?

Stewardship
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Devotion Ideas?

I am looking for a devotion to use for our upcoming congregational meeting that will emphasis sharing about how we have experienced God in our day to day lives. Any ideas? 

Faith Nurture
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Activities for Seniors Christmas Dinner?

Our deacons are planning our annual seniors Christmas dinner and we are looking for a simple and interactive activity. Any ideas? 

DeaconsIntergenerational Ministry
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Pastor Connections on Sunday

I don't want to be insensitive but often on Sundays the same few people seem to "corner" the pastor and "tie" him up for several minutes. Suggestions on how to address this? 

Pastors
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Church Rental Policy?

Does anyone have a church rental agreement/MOU that's used when renting to another faith-based organization? I thought I had seen one on The Network, but now I can't seem to find it.

Church Admin & Finance
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CRC Statement on Bible Being Inerrant?

I'm teaching a lesson to our youth next week on the Bible's infallibility and inerrancy. I found the CRC position on infallibility but only found one discussion on the Bible being inerrant. Any ideas? 

Church Order
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Resources for Inquirers Class?

Have you found any good resources on planning an Inquirers class? Is it still called that? 

Church Admin & FinanceElders
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Worship Service Review Form?

Does anyone have a sample service review form they use? I see a lot of resources for reviews of persons, but not of a worship service.

Church Admin & FinanceWorship
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Litanies/Prayers for Survivors of Abuse?

Does anyone have a litany or prayer that might be used in a local crisis center with staff who daily work with survivors of abuse?

Safe Church
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Church Position on Fundraising/Raffles?

I am looking for a church position regarding fundraising, specifically doing raffles. Have you found a statement? If so, how is it determined? 

Church Admin & Finance
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Printable Church Year Calendar?

Does anyone have a printable church year calendar (Advent, Christmas, Lent, etc.) that they use? I'm a visual person and would love to print something like this out. 

Worship
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Child Protection Training: How Do We Know What's Sufficient?

Our church is looking at its child protection policies and are at the point where we could likely do all of our training in house. How do we know our training will be sufficient for insurance companies? 

Safe Church
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Funeral Liturgy?

Do we have a "Funeral" liturgy anywhere? I'm on the Liturgical Forms & Resources page, but I don't see one. I see one for marriage, but not funerals...

Worship
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Tips/Resources for Introducing Prayer Partners?

Do you have any resources/tips/advice for a ladies Bible study who would like to introduce prayer partners? I am leading about 10 women and would like to introduce the idea to them. 

PrayerSmall Groups

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Is anyone familiar with the book Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To written by a Roman Catholic? I'm finding it very interesting and would like to pass on to my children and grandchildren. Any concerns?  

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I would like to make use of the book "Austin's Topical History of Christianity." To do this, I need permission from the current copyright holder, perhaps a descendant of Bill R. Austin. Can you help?

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Are there any churches who might have leftover take home papers/newsletters from the following Faith Alive curriculums and age groups?

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We're wondering if any other CR churches have experimented with the "New City Catechism" app?

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I wasn't recently asked to perform a wedding by a widow in the congregation I serve. She was advised by her attorney to enter a covenant marriage agreement (for financial reasons). Anyone have wisdom on this? 

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A group of snowbirds who met at a church in Florida are planning a potluck this summer in West Michigan. Any ideas for entertainment?

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If love is the fulfillment of everything and keeps us from sin—and we are to fear no evil and love our enemies—would we love the devil being our enemy? 

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Have any churches considered switching from a 501(c)(3) status to 508(c)(1)(a)?

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In Scripture, we see YHWH triumphing over pagan gods. Are there any books or articles that compare/contrast the various Greco-Roman gods with the ministry of Jesus?

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There are so many choices out there. I was wondering if anyone had either used, or could recommend a good Admin software?

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There were many more historical accounts written about and around the time of Jesus, how is it that only a select few made it through the "...given by inspiration of God..." filter, as expressly stated in 2 Timothy 3:16. What disqualified other anecdotes and writings?

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Has anyone found a great solution for outdoor luminaries (ideally foolproof and weatherproof)? We like to have them up our driveway for Christmas Eve worship service and face unpredictable weather (Michigan in December). Last year I tried battery operated tea lights, but I think it was too cold...

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What books reflecting the Reformed world-and-life view might you recommend for teens?

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One of the challenges of Disability Ministry is getting people to church on Sundays as well as during the week for ministry events. I'd like to hear some of the ways our churches have solved this challenge. Whether it's getting members to commit to driving each week, or buying a bus or van, or...

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I find more and more people turning to e-readers and was wondering if the church libraries could tap into this market and how it would work.

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The suicide rate for veterans (recent and those who served long ago) is frighteningly high. Many vets live with conflict-related disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or other injuries. Disability Concerns is looking for information (by August 16, 2013) ...

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I attended several funerals recently of seniors who had been leaders and path setters in their churches and communities.

Reflecting on all the people in my life who are now with God in Glory, I realise that listening and hearing their life experiences help form my future role as an 'aging...

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Does anyone use this Faith Alive youth resource?  I am looking at it for my junior high youth group, ages 6th to 8th grade.  What are your thoughts on depth, discussion starting and "corniness" factor??  Thanks for the input!

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Nonfiction collection materials in church libraries are difficult to select and I've been wondering if there's some mechanism whereby CRC church libraries could enlist the advice and suggestions of our colleges and universities.  For example, instead of wandering into your local...

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Hi all, 

Working on getting myself organised, and I noticed that many businesses have "privacy statements" at the bottom of their emails to remind people that these emails are private and confidential, and meant only for the person to whom their addressed, etc. Do any of you have one that...

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I just got a phone call from a man named Peter in Florida who is hoping to teach No Easy Answers with 9-12 graders. He wants to speak with someone who has taught it and can give him some advice on teaching it. It's one that I haven't taught. Please let me know if you'd like to help Peter out....

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