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Do you know of specific CRC churches that would be considered "houses of prayer?"

Over the last couple of months several people have asked me, "Do you know of some Christian Reformed Churches that would be considered 'Houses of Prayer' or 'Churches Dedicated to Prayer?'" I know a few, but since my knowledge of every individual congregation is limited, I am sure there are numerous churches with a vibrant commitment to prayer and prayer ministry I am not aware of. Do you consider your church a praying church? Are there other models of praying churches in your area, classis, region that could serve as encouragement to churches beginning to intentionally prioritize prayer...
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Do you have suggestions for getting campus ministry on the campus when space and rules get in the way?

One of the things that has surprised me these last couple of months is the wide variety of space limitations that we face as campus ministries. For instance, here at MSU, in order to host any event on campus, we first needed to gain recognition as a Registered Student Organization (a process which involved writing a constitution that matched MSU's requirements, setting up financial accounts at the university, and more than a few headaches). Now, as an RSO, every event we host on campus is scheduled through the Department of Student Life. My office is off-campus, at River Terrace Church across...
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How should a church distribute support to the denominational family and as well as to other causes?

In our congregation the deacons meet in November to set the offering schedule for the following year. Using the deacon's helper resource, sifting through the pile of offering requests received throughout the year and sensing the heart of God in the congregation, they prayerfully discern what causes to support. This year, a question was raised to our deacon team about the causes they had chosen to support. The question was this: when we as members are already contributing through denominational and classical shares to specific ministries, why are we also designating many of our weekly...
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What are the requirements for becoming a Chaplain?

I have been inquiring about becoming a Chaplin through my local church, BCRC (Bradenton Christian Reformed Church). I am a member of a local motorcycle club who is in need of a club Chaplin. I feel this would be an incredible opportunity to minister to a fairly large group of folks who are for the most part un-churched. I haven’t so far be given any real direction or answers as far as the what and how’s are concerned. Is there anyone here who can help me find the right path or give me some information?
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What resources are available to churches for performing staff evaluations?

We're in the process of setting up evaluations of our staff in the New Year. I'm looking for resources that would help us with effectively evaluating our Pastor, Youth Director, Secretary and Custodian. I've reviewed a resource I received a few months ago ("Evaluation Essentials for Congregational Leaders"), but I found it simply expressed the importance of the evaluation, but gave no concrete approach or steps to performing one. Where can I find this?
Church Admin & Finance
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What suggestions do you have for college-age ministry?

Our church is considering beginning a ministry for college-age students. It would be a continuation of youth group, but would require a new formula to reach the challenges and interests of students in this group. Any ideas or thoughts? Any others have an existing ministry at their church?
Young Adults
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How do ushers and greeters ensure that people feel welcomed at church?

We're asking the question at our church, "how do we do well at ushering and greeting?" specifically because we want to help newcomers feel welcome and help them get connected to others quickly at our church. I'm just looking for things you do at your church that have worked well, or perhaps experiences you may have had visiting other churches where you have felt welcomed. Thanks!
Hospitality
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Church Governance Structure: Is there a better way within our polity to make a Consistory and Council more effective?

Have you at all become frustrated with the traditional model of church governance and are wondering if there is a better way within our polity to make a Consistory and Council more effective? With many churches going to a staff driven model, others hanging on to the past model of elder driven care and decision-making and plenty of combinations in between it is becoming harder and harder to decide what is most effective. We are in the midst of thinking about what will work best for our church - a church of about 1000 and healthy in many ways but desirous of releasing people into ministry and...
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What training tools does your church use to equip members for evangelism?

What evangelism training tools do you use to equip your CRC church to go out and share the gospel? I have been using the One Verse Evangelism and the Bridge Illustration from the Navigators ( http://www.navigators.org/us/ ) and the tools/tracts from the Way of the Master ( http://wayofthemaster.com/ ) ministry. I also am a trainer with the Sonlife ministry and teach their Growing Health Church seminars and Great Commission/Great Commandment seminars. Please check out my web page ( www.delightingod.com ) to see some of the tools we use to equip our disciples to become "fishers of men. " (...
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Where can I find information about a Classis Prayer Coordinator?

Classis Yellowstone's Prayer Coordinator retired, and as Stated Clerk I am attempting to encourage another individual to take up the task. Now as I begin to reacquaint myself with the Prayer Coordinator ministry, I have be browsing the CRCNA & Home Mission's webpages for more information. Classis Renewal has been a good source in the past, but I hesitate to refer anyone to that website since it boldly proclaims- " This section of our site is being retired, and information may be dated... " Now that really is not good " marketing " for someone who is thinking or planning to get involved...
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When is your church's fiscal year?

Our church is considering changing the fiscal year from a calander year to one that will coinside with other turnovers within the church, ie; election of officers, school year, ect. How has your church established it's fiscal year? What are the pros and cons? Why do you have it this way? We would appreciate any comments or information.
Deacons
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Can you share advice or ideas for 8th Grade GEMS?

I'm a new GEMS counselor this year, and I've taken on the 8th graders. Do any of you out there have advice for leading the 8th grade course? We're doing the new Esther curriculum, which I've really enjoyed reading through. I think it's excellent! Do you do any fun activities outside your lesson focusing on hair, nails, going out to dinner, etc? I'd love some ideas!! Thanks!
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How does a church plan a "Coming Home" service?

Hi folks, Our church, together with a couple others in our area, are beginning to plan a "coming home" prayer service. The main impetus for this is that a young person in our congregation ran away from home over the summer, and her parents still can't find her. So, the service is first of all a time to come together to pray for this family, and to pray that this teenager would come home. But we also decided to expand the service to include prayer for people we love who need to "come home" in other ways, too: those who have strayed from the faith, those who are in estranged relationships, etc...
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What are the guidelines for serving communion at weddings?

In the "Current Issues" thread, Kathy Smith asked me to say a few things about serving communion at weddings, for all, or just for bride and groom. I'm happy to start a conversation and am therefore starting this new thread for this topic. I'm even more eager to hear from many others what their opinions are. But perhaps this will be a good place to start. In the Reformed tradition we have generally reserved the celebration of communion for a worship service called by and supervised by the local consistory (minister and elders), an "official" worship service or, as the Church Order has it in...
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