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What's the best way to share original worship music?

I'm wondering if anyone knows the best way to share original worship music. I've written some songs and I've shared them on my personal website and Facebook, but how do you go about sharing a new worship song to the broader community?
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Do you know of websites that would interest children or adults that we could add to a church library webpage?

We are almost ready to put our church's library online. I would like to have links to interesting websites for both children and adults. For the adult section I am looking for links to Bible helps or study, further Christian learning, virtual tours of Christian places in the world, Christian art, or basically anything that CRC users might find interesting For the children I would like links to Christian games or fun activities. My dearest wish is for the Banner to put their children's page online. What a resource that would be!! Please send me your ideas or comments.
Church Libraries
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Can you share a success story about starting a young adults program at your church?

In our area right now, it is a big problem that when people get to their early twenties, many of them leave the church where they've spent their entire lives and go to another church. For us it seems that people are just going to another church because everyone else goes to that church. What really kills me is that around here, this "cool" church is actually a "non-denominational" Baptist church. In order to participate in ministry there, these folks must be re-baptized, since this church does not recognized infant baptism. To try to combat this problem, we are starting a Young Adult ministry...
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Does a church need to have a movie license?

Our smallish church gave up our movie license recently b/c the new pastor doesn't use movie clips in his sermons. However, the Missions Planning Team just decided to host movie nights (3 in total) and can't justify spending $475 per year or $150 per movie. Any suggestions without scrapping the movies all together?
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What are the pros and cons of using Planning Center Online?

I just heard about this website from a friend of mine at a Presbyterian/community church. I was wondering if anyone has considered this or is actively using it? I'm interested in pros and cons, and value for the cost as well as any general feedback. Because their subscriptions are based on size/number of users, it would be helpful if you could include some information about the size of your church and worship ministry. Planning Center Online Thanks in advance!
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What's the best way to keep track of all the Sundays designated for various offerings?

I know there's a calendar on the CRC website for all the offerings ( http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=crcna.org_dklgus71pu6qkgltfut41j4j74%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles ) but even so it seems like every week our church gets a letter about an upcoming special Sunday with bulletin covers or other worship helps, and a request for an offering. They're all great causes and I've shared the calendar with our deacons but it still seems like we can't keep up. When I get a letter I look at our offering schedule (our deacons set it up at the beginning of the church year...
Church Admin & Finance
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How does a church run a healing prayer ministry?

Hi folks, Anybody running a healing prayer ministry? What does it look like? How do you operate? At New Life CRC in Guelph, Ontario we've had a Healing Prayer Ministry since about 2005. We've slowly evolved our focus. Today the ministry has two primary focus: 1. Intercessory prayer for the church 2. In-depth prayer for individuals who come from prayer Our intercessory sessions typically flow as one-third worship, one-third prayer for a specific ministry of the church (we rotate through a list) and one-third prayer for individual needs and requests. Our in-depth sessions usually start with...
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How do you deal with a church member who wishes to marry a non-believer?

I would like to know how other elders/consistories have dealt with a situation where one of their active members have chosen to marry someone that is not a believer. How to provide discipline in matters such as that while caring continuing to show love and care. Especially when the person decides to go ahead anyway.
Elders
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How does a church keep staff leadership connected to elected church leadership?

I posted this in the "Church Administration" forum, but would also like input from pastors. I'm sorry if this is redundant for some of you. My question is... For those of you with a sizable staff, I'm wondering how you keep staff leadership connected to elected church leadership. Specifically, do you have staff members present at any of the church leadership meetings (council, elders, deacons)? If so, are they present for the whole meeting or just a part? Thanks!
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What method works best for online or "non-check" giving?

Like many small- to mid-sized churches, I'm guessing, our church has stuck with the traditional weekly collections, passing a plate and praying that we get enough for our weekly expenses. These days, though, so many of us do most of our banking either online or through an automated service like bill pay--I know that before I became a deacon and realized the heart-burn I was causing, I would frequently forget for weeks at a time to write out a check on Sunday morning, and then after a few months of this (and when the deacon appeals became difficult to ignore) I'd try to scramble to catch up...
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What suggestions do you have for evening VBS?

This summer our church (Kitchener, Ontario Canada) ran an evening VBS. Do any other churches out there do this? What are the keys to it being successful? We want to try it again in 2011, but we want to get wise to better ways of doing things.
VBS
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What is the CRC position on the casting of lots in church elections?

Is there any consensus or agreement among the readers/church leaders concerning the casting of lots in the election of church officers. Scripture certainly notes the casting of lots many times in the life of Christ and in the early church. Some commenters to a post in the "Church Administration" network describe the use of it in there church in a very edifying manner but are we "OK" as far as church order goes? I am not a student of the Church Order and sometimes while reading it reads like a legal document subject to much interpretation. Any thoughts or comments out there?
Church Order
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What does a newcomer need to get started with campus ministry?

As a newcomer to the world of campus ministry, both personally and as an organization, the sheer scope of campus ministry can be overwhelming. Our ministry, Campus Edge Fellowship, works with graduate students and faculty of Michigan State University. Where does one begin? The University is home to some 10,000+ graduate students, many of whom are convinced that there is nothing more important than studying for their comprehensive exams. When you add the faculty component, all of whom are busy with research, books, and their personal lives at home, the task of reaching out seems a daunting one...
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What are the guiding principles for Christian counseling?

In some readings and conversations I've come across concerning modalities in counseling in Christian circles, I've noted at least two positions; the integrationists and the non integrationists with a few variations along a continuum. Is there an official position or guiding principle on the issue in the denomination? Ex: Is the council within reason to mandate particular non churched based (integrationist) counseling to its member which does conflict with her convictions (nouthetic ??) on the counseling continuum?
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