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Crown Financial Ministries says that "when we take a portion of our tithe and divert it to keep our children in Christian schools, it's really a gift in self-interest. Educational costs are your normal responsibility. Therefore, if God wants your children to attend private school, He will...

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Crown Financial Ministries says that "when we take a portion of our tithe and divert it to keep our children in Christian schools, it's really a gift in self-interest. Educational costs are your normal responsibility. Therefore, if God wants your children to attend private school, He will...

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Just wondering where the other CRC congregations who participate in SM are. Our program is only a few years old, but we need some encouragment. Trena Boonstra with Crossroads CRC in San Marcos.

May 27, 2010 0 3 comments
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Is there a leadership training event for those who are in Coffee Break leadership? When is the next one being held?

May 25, 2010 0 1 comments
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I've noticed that there isn't a section here in the Network for church growth. I've been doing some volunteer work with my church doing church growth by using some of the same principles as church planting. There has been some good results. Out of curiosity, what other ideas are out there to...

May 19, 2010 0 1 comments
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My staff and I are planning on learning together more about the Holy Spirit...how it moves, works, makes itself available...how it fits into our CRC church culture...how we can better understand and be moved by the Holy Spirit. I'm looking for recommendations on books or articles that we could...

May 17, 2010 0 8 comments
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I'm posting this question for someone else who recently asked me this question:

"Our church is having difficulty finding people who will let their name stand for the position of pastoral elder because people say it is too much work. So the question arose "Is it possible to share the job of...

May 14, 2010 0 4 comments
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Hi All, I'm starting to look for a small group study or other resources for six-weeks that would be the starting point for a relaunch for our church's small group ministry. I'm looking for something that would help teach some basic principles of community. Got any ideas? Got anything that worked...

May 11, 2010 0 6 comments
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We are looking for a script for teenagers to act out a bible story. The script should have a running time of about 15-20 min. and have at least 10 speaking parts. Last year we did 'Esther' and it was just great! Any suggestions for this year?

May 7, 2010 0 1 comments
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It is time for us to conduct an evaluation of our Worship Coordinator. Does anyone have a good questionnaire that I can use?

May 4, 2010 0 1 comments
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It seems that in the relatively rare instances that the Holy Spirit is specifically called out in lyrics, the song tends toward being a prayer that the Spirit would work in some way. Are there songs that you've sung that praise the Spirit for what he HAS done? I'm particularly interested in...

May 2, 2010 0 1 comments
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I'm curious what others do as far as letting people accept, or encouraging, gratuities, and also what types of workers in the church are paid and what is done on a volunteer basis. 

April 23, 2010 0 2 comments
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Our church is considering offering a basic computer skills class (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint) using some donated computers/software. We have a few single parents in our neighborhood that have expressed interest. I could also see some of our older members participating. I am curious if any...

April 23, 2010 0 1 comments
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What kinds of simple things do churches do to celebrate Mothers Day and Fathers Day?

April 22, 2010 0 5 comments
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This question rise a second question, and probably more, but, what biblical reconciliation means?

April 20, 2010 0 1 comments
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HI! We're looking for SonWorld Adventure Park materials from Gospel Light. This is 2 years old, so they don't have the poster etc. Thanks!

April 19, 2010 0 0 comments
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A few years ago my children attended the Tumbleweed Gulch vbs in a neighboring church. This VBS had a Western theme. We are very interested in using the Tumbleweed curriculum in our church this year. We got most of the materials, but are still missing the drama and promo dvd (with music videos/...

April 14, 2010 0 0 comments
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More and more churches are recording their services digitally. If you record your services on a computer, I'd like to hear what software you use.

April 12, 2010 0 5 comments
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What profession of faith material do you use for students in grades 6-8? If you make up your own are you willing to share it?

April 8, 2010 0 1 comments
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Many churches are actively seeking to include people with disabilities in the full life and ministry of the congregation. What is the best way you have seen inclusion happening in your church or a church near you?

April 7, 2010 0 4 comments
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I am planning to create a topical index of the contemporary songs we use in worship, but don't want to "reinvent the wheel." Does anyone know of such an index already created?

April 7, 2010 0 6 comments
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We are all on a budget and look for places to get low cost, decent quality stuff. I thought I would start a thread where we could share resources that have worked for us. General Stuff: I came across this site. It has been helpful. http://churchesplantingchurches.com/where-to-shop/65 Banners: I...

April 2, 2010 0 1 comments
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Does anybody have surveilance cameras inside and outside of their church? If so - do you have a procedure or policy regarding who can review the recordings, how long to keep recordings, what to do in case of a incident that mey be recorded? Thanks for your help.

March 24, 2010 0 1 comments
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The church order sets out a structure of governance for CRC churches however, it doesn't help when there is a need to change the structure. Many churches, mine included, are struggling with the need to change how the church is governed but there is little help from the church order and...

March 22, 2010 0 15 comments
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Have churches done research on what is the best way to set up credit card or EFT giving for their church?

March 22, 2010 0 5 comments

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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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I am looking for a copy of Songs for Life CD, Volume 1. 

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I am looking for a connection to a Swahili Bible supplier. 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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We are in the process of further developing our welcome center in our church. and the duties involved in successfully greeting and welcoming visitors.  We have some ideas but wonder if any of the CRC churches have an actual job description that describe the ways in which we can serve.

 

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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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We as Administrative Elders have set a goal to develop future leaders in our congregation.  We're currently finding out who has served in leadership roles in the past (leadership being elder, deacon, small group leader, other team/committee leader, etc, etc) and we're going to ask current...

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I am marrying a couple with limited English proficiency, and I would like them to be able to say their vows in farsi. Does anyone have this?

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