We have a family requesting transfer to another CRC they have been attending for 7 years. They were declared lapsed in 2009. Is it still appropriate to send a letter of transfer?
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Our Consistory has asked the Council Executive to look into proposing a “policy”, or set of guidelines, that can be implemented in the event of a conflict arising within our community that requires some guidance from outside the conflict to resolve in a pastoral manner.
What Are Your Feelings Regarding Standing for the Church's Creeds and Confessions but Not for God's Word During Worship Service?
We are standing to recite the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed, and other of the church's documents, but not standing for the reading of God's Word?
If You Are an Abused Male or Know One, Would You Be Interested in Reading the the Healing Journeys of Four Male Survivors?
The men I'm a part of in an abuse support group are writing brief entries of their stories, and we believe it offers an alternative to the traditional 12 Step program. We're not convinced such programs are adequately meeting the needs of male survivors.
Article 28 speaks of “minor” and “major” assemblies. What is actually meant by these adjectives, and is this the best way to refer to the council, the classis , and the synod?
Is this something that goes contrary to our theology or is it something that has just not been part of our tradition?
Has anyone found a great solution for outdoor luminaries (ideally foolproof and weatherproof)?
What percentage of a church's operating budget should be allocated to staffing? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Our church has been dealing with a husband for more than a year who has repeatedly violated his domestic-violence probation and been arrested.
When a person who has served as in elder in a CRC, and therefore has already signed the Covenant for Office Bearers there, moves to a new CRC and is elected elder, does he need to sign the Covenant for Office Bearers in his new church?
Please tell me why clergy should get some kind of special entitlement for housing?
What's the Going Rate for Interim Work These Days: Preaching, Some Staff Work, Perhaps Some Pastoral Calling, Not Full Time?
A church recently expressed interest in having me lead preach and perhaps some other duties for a period of 3-5 mos. What the going rate?
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.
What books reflecting the Reformed world-and-life view might you recommend for teens?
Some of us on council believe that only other ministers of the Word who may be present should be invited to join the officiating pastor in the laying on of hands; others believe that the council executive or even all the elders and the deacons ought to be involved as well. Who’s right?
Is There a Quorum for Confessing Members to Be Present at a Congregational Meeting to Make the Decisions Made Legal?
We have a member who feels we need a majority of our confessing members present at our congregational meeting where we approve the budget. Is that correct?
I have observed that a number of denominations work with a system of “ratification” whereby a significant decision of the synod or general assembly must first be approved by the classes or regional assemblies before it is deemed to be in effect. Does the CRCNA have similar procedures?
We are looking for a communion liturgy that can be used in homes with members who are homebound due to illness, etc. Has anyone created such a liturgy? If so, would you be willing to share?