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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.
Church Order
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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!
Sunday SchoolChildren's Ministry
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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...
Biblical Justice
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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.
Church Order
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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
Church Admin & Finance
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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.
Church Order
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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.
Church Admin & Finance
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Elder/Deacon nominees?

What are effective ways to get people to stand for church leadership positions? More and more the comment is, "I know you have a hard time getting elders and deacons, but I can't/won't do that." Or, "I don't feel qualified to do that--why does the Council keep nominating me." Especially frustrating in regard to the latter is that even when we suggest that none of us truly have those gifts, but for the Holy Spirit's work, the answer is still "no." The problem is that in a small congregation, that means the same few people continue to step up to serve. I'd love to hear how other congregations...
Elders
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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...
Pastors
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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...
Church Libraries
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What is your picture policy for pictures on Facebook (and other websites)?

Our church is beginning to use Facebook more regularly, and it is clear that pictures are what members of the congregation find to be of the most interest. It is apparent, though, that our church needs to adopt a policy regarding pictures. So we are looking for more input - especially from Michigan churches (as laws tend to vary from state to state). 1. Does your church have a picture policy or waiver form that you would be willing to share? We are particularly interested in figuring out what our policy should be regarding posting pictures of minors on Facebook. 2. How have churches...
Church Communications
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How have you combined profession of faith with baptism?

I have a joyful opportunity to celebrate a woman's public profession of faith and baptism. In the same service she, along with her husband, will be baptizing their children. I am looking for a way to combine these without repeating or making it awkward. Have you found a way to do this? How can I incorporate the profession of faith and baptisms. Since the questions are basically the same it should work right?
Pastors
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Is it necessary to repeat background checks every three years if you're in the same church doing the same work?

In our jurisdiction, background checks cost money. Many men are having to submit to an additional level of background check involving fingerprints because their birthdays are the same as a pardoned sex offender. This is an additional cost. The police do not hold on to the information, so if the insurance company requires new background checks every three years, the costs will be repeated.
Safe Church
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Does anyone have a council spiritual retreat program that we could borrow?

I'm delighted that our church council will go on a spiritual retreat this spring--thanks be to God! I think this is a significant step for us as a leadership team as we week to play and pray together and dream God's dreams for our church. However, we've never done this before, so I'm wondering if anyone has a program our outline that we could borrow as we design our own retreat plan.
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