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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?

This question is from a real-life situation to which Dr. Henry DeMoor has responded to based on his extensive...

December 20, 2013 0 2 comments
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Is this something that goes contrary to our theology or is it something that has just not been part of our tradition? I thought I read somewhere that this was part of the baptismal ceremony in Geneva.  If it is within the tradition, are there any resources you know of for exploring its role in...

December 14, 2013 0 2 comments
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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...

December 11, 2013 0 0 comments
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What percentage of a church's operating budget should be allocated to staffing?

December 9, 2013 0 3 comments
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Seeking wisdom and past experience, but am staying incognito to protect the innocent.

Our church has been dealing with a husband for more than a year who has repeatedly violated his domestic-violence probation and been arrested.  He is very religious-sounding, the type who speaks of...

December 8, 2013 0 11 comments
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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?

December 5, 2013 0 13 comments
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Please tell me why clergy should get some kind of special entitlement for housing? I think it is one of the most ridiculous perks ever devised by the legislature. There is absolutely no reason why clergy should get this. And I am one.

December 5, 2013 0 5 comments
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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?

December 3, 2013 0 1 comments
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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. The first answer given has been taken from the Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary written by Dr. DeMoor.

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November 25, 2013 0 3 comments
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What books reflecting the Reformed world-and-life view might you recommend for teens?

November 14, 2013 0 0 comments
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A candidate has just accepted the call to our church, and we are eagerly planning for his ordination service. 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...

November 5, 2013 0 4 comments
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We have a few special needs children in our congregation. Are their resources to help me (the Children's pastor) to learn how to help them best learn so that I can teach my Dwell teachers. We have some behavior issues that are the biggest concern. These behavior issues are linked to the child's...

October 28, 2013 0 5 comments
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Hi

We are considering using (infrequently) some YouTube videos that have contempory songs put to lyrics...idea is to use them to help the congregation learn new songs with the words displayed on our video screen.

My questions are;

Are there any copyright/licensing...

October 26, 2013 0 1 comments
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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?

October 21, 2013 0 5 comments
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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?

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October 15, 2013 0 1 comments
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We are looking for a communion liturgy that can be used in homes with members who are home bound due to illness, etc. Has anyone created such a liturgy?  If so, would you be willing to share?

October 1, 2013 0 1 comments
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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...

September 8, 2013 0 1 comments
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Besides numbers of youth in attendance, how does your church evaluate whether or not your youth group ministry is successful? 

September 5, 2013 0 1 comments
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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.?

September 5, 2013 0 3 comments
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The U.S. government recently mandated that new playgrounds need to include accessible features. Here's an article about one such playground. Many such playgrounds have already been built. Do you live near one? Do you have kids who play in it - disabled or non-disabled? How do they like it? How...

September 2, 2013 0 1 comments
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Just wondering in the matter of agenda items,  the order, and what is included and what is reject,  what is the role of the chair and what is the role of the clerk.  Just wondering   Vern

September 2, 2013 0 2 comments
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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 .

Thanks in advance

August 30, 2013 0 2 comments
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One of the diaconates in the area of Alberta I serve as 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.  These people are often in need...

August 27, 2013 0 2 comments
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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.

 

August 20, 2013 0 0 comments
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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...

August 19, 2013 0 0 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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July 17, 2017 0 0 comments
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I am looking for a copy of Songs for Life CD, Volume 1. 

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July 5, 2017 0 0 comments
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I am looking for a connection to a Swahili Bible supplier. Can you help?

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July 5, 2017 0 0 comments
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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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June 15, 2017 0 0 comments
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We're wondering if any other CR churches have experimented with the "New City Catechism" app?

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May 23, 2017 0 0 comments
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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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May 11, 2017 0 0 comments
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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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April 25, 2017 0 0 comments
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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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April 2, 2017 0 0 comments
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Have any churches considered switching from a 501(c)(3) status to 508(c)(1)(a)?

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September 12, 2016 0 0 comments
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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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January 13, 2015 0 0 comments
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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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July 14, 2014 0 0 comments
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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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April 1, 2014 0 0 comments
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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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December 11, 2013 0 0 comments
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What books reflecting the Reformed world-and-life view might you recommend for teens?

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November 14, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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August 20, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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August 19, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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July 31, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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July 24, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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July 23, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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April 25, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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April 23, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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April 23, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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January 14, 2013 0 0 comments
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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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September 20, 2012 0 0 comments
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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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June 6, 2012 0 0 comments