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Should ministers (who are essentially "paid employees" of the church) chair council meetings or be members of the council?

This question is from a real-life situation to which Dr. Henry DeMoor has responded to based on his extensive knowledge of the Christian Reformed Church Order. The first answer given has been taken from the Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary written by Dr. DeMoor. We encourage you to share your own questions, comments, opinions as well.
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What is proper for a classis to declare when a minister resigns?

In the Supplement to Article 14b, synod calls for "a proper resolution of dismissal" when a minister resigns and asks classis to "make a declaration reflecting the resigned minister's status that is appropriate to the way and spirit in which the minister acted during the time leading up to and including the minister's resignation from office." From what I've seen in practice, this seems to give classes every opportunity to be vindictive and "fire a parting shot." What are we to make of these four options: "honorably released," "released," "dismissed," and "in the status of one deposed"? This...
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What can be done about the high turnover rate for elders and deacons?

We’re becoming increasingly disillusioned about Reformed polity dictating a high turnover rate in the offices of elder and deacon. It seems like people are just “warming up” to the job when they must leave in favor of others. In the case of one of our deacons, frankly, we were glad to see him go. But most of the time we seem to be trading in our “gifted performers” for “bungling novices.” What’s to be done? This question is from a real-life situation to which Dr. Henry DeMoor has responded to based on his extensive knowledge of the Christian Reformed Church Order. The first answer given has...
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Do you have any good ideas for a meaningful and better-attended second service?

This question is from a real-life situation to which Dr. Henry DeMoor has responded to based on his extensive knowledge of the Christian Reformed Church Order. The first answer given has been taken from the Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary written by Dr. DeMoor. We encourage you to share your own questions, comments, opinions as well.
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Is the favourite sport of the CRC shoving all important issues into study committees?

My favourite sport is hockey, the way we play it north of the border, of course. Is it true that the favourite sport of the Christian Reformed Church is shoving all important issues into study committees? This question is from a real-life situation to which Dr. Henry DeMoor has responded to based on his extensive knowledge of the Christian Reformed Church Order. The first answer given has been taken from the Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary written by Dr. DeMoor. We encourage you to share your own questions, comments, opinions as well.
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Has anyone out there used clips from The Bible TV show (History Channel) for Adult Ed?

I just spoke with a Presbyterian pastor who is interested in using clips from the History channel's The Bible show as part of his adult education class. He is looking for a study guide or questions that he could use along with clips to spark discussion and help everyone reflect on the stories. Any ideas? I'm going to recommend that he check out pieces of the inductive Bible studies from Faith Alive, but I also thought someone out there might have already developed lesson plans they'd be willing to share. Let me know!
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What is the Relationsip between secular knowledge, morality, and eschatology or purpose in the context of the CRCNA?

I believe the answer cuts accross many different topics, but perhaps the most important is social justice. This opens up a discussion about the relationships between government, secular knowledge, economics, and governance. But, to narrow it down to a single issue, here is an example: what is the meaning of human enhancement in the context of the crcna, and what is the relationship between what God wants, what is true, and what we ought to do about it? More narrowly still, should humans 'improve' themselves, and how are we to decide what improvement is? For example, should the market decide...
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Does rebaptism automatically disqualify that person from holding office in the Christian Reformed Church?

This question is from a real-life situation to which Dr. Henry DeMoor has responded to based on his extensive knowledge of the Christian Reformed Church Order. The first answer given has been taken from the Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary written by Dr. DeMoor. We encourage you to share your own questions, comments, opinions as well.
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How would church libraries secure recommendations for nonfiction resources for laity from CRC-affiliated schools?

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 Christian bookstore or online vendor and searching through the myriad of selections on, say, self-help or relationships -- there's a lot of trash out there -- could we somehow encourage our colleges and universities to suggest materials for laity that are canonical, foundational, significant and, of course, Reformed in...
Church Libraries
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Is there a good standard email privacy statement footer available for churches?

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 you use by default on all your outgoing emails that you would recommend for others? Thanks, all
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Must officebearers in the CRCNA send their children to Christian day schools?

This question is from a real-life situation to which Dr. Henry DeMoor has responded to based on his extensive knowledge of the Christian Reformed Church Order. The first answer given has been taken from the Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary written by Dr. DeMoor. We encourage you to share your own questions, comments, opinions as well.
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Does anyone have any advice on a building use policy?

We have several community groups that use our church building, and they make a nominal donation to cover heat/light expenses. We have recently been contacted by a community resident, who would like to use our space in a "for profit" venture. I would be interested in any advice regarding the legal and tax implications of renting the building to this person. Any copies of building use policies would be appreciated.
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I have 'mostly complete' VBS materials to give away. i.e. I don't want to store any of it...?

I would like to give away used VBS materials. They're mostly complete, and if it's missing something I think it's noted inside the box. It's free for the taking, just contact me. If you have any suggestions about what to do with VBS material once it has been used, please feel free to drop in and make a comment. Thank you! List of materials: VBS Materials available from Immanuel CRC Discover the Untamed Nature of God WILDWOOD FOREST . Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2008. SonWORLD Adventure Park VBS. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 2008. Lights Out VBS Skits DVD is missing. Cokesbury VBS...
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Have you ever had a person ask you to re-baptize her, and how did you respond?

I just finished leading a discipleship class with some senior high students. I thank the Lord for the way he blessed this class! On the last meeting, I invited students to publicly profess their faith and/or be baptized. Happily, one young lady expressed her desire to follow Jesus and be re-baptized . She was baptized as an infant, and sincerely wants to become a devoted student of Christ. But she feels that in order to do that, she must be re-baptized. I encouraged her to talk to her parents about this matter (her dad is an elder in our church), and then we would chat further about it. Have...
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Do any of you have a audiobook library for the reading impaired?

We've been looking at providing reading materials for the visually impaired. I thought this would be easy but as I delve further into the issue many questions are popping up. Audio books are expensive..how do we know what type of materials would appeal to the readers...do we incorporate this with a locial library and provide the ability to access thru the local library... Do we set up a drop box type of service in the church...how to provide a list of available materials for them to check out? Are there any companies that provide audiobooks at a reasonable cost? We have a few ideas, but would...
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