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?
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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?
When and where does the teaching of the catechism take place in your church? Do you have a separate class for it or teach it through your youth group program? At what age(s) do you teach the catechism? If your church does not have a formal catechism class, how and where is the catechism learned?
Besides numbers of youth in attendance, how does your church evaluate whether or not your youth group ministry is successful?
We have a small youth group and have thought about joining with another church to have a joint youth ministry program. Has your church done this? How did it work with finances, leadership, etc.?
Do Any of You Have a Job Description for a Council Chair and Council Clerk? Eg. Who Sets the Agenda?
Just wondering in the matter of agenda items, the order, and what is included and what is rejected, what is the role of the chair and what is the role of the clerk. Just wondering.
We are planning a dedication service for our new sanctuary/church we are looking for ideas from others that have done this in the past what has worked and what has not.
One of the diaconates in the area of Alberta I serve as a consultant is asking for ideas on how to support those who are part of the 'sandwich generation.' In other words those who find themselves raising children while at the same time caring for elderly parents.
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 your churches have solved this challenge.
I'm getting mixed answers here on the Network, and it sounds like this may be more of pertinent in Canada with its rules for non-profit organizations. I may have missed it, but I do not see a line in Church Order that explicitly says whether ministers may or may not vote.