This helpful process will keep you focused on serving the person you are visiting.
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So your congregation is moving forward on welcoming children and all baptized members to the Lord's Supper. Here’s your chance to get them answered by our panelists and to hear the questions that other churches are asking.
In this webinar, Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and Chaplain Herman Keizer discuss the definition and causes of moral injury, how it differs from post-traumatic stress disorder and what’s involved in the recovery process. They also share about the importance of congregations and communities in the process of soul repair.
This webinar will reflect on the stories of gay Christians and encourage transformational dialogue that honours our convictions and commitments.
Now you are ordained by the church to provide spiritual oversight to the body of Christ. What does that involve? How can I serve in an office that I feel "unqualified" for? Together we will explore the nature of spiritual leadership in the church.
This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 04/25/2012 Is your congregation reflecting on Synod's decision to welcome children to the Lord's Supper? Join us to explore the roles of the pastor, elders, and parents in this significant process - and equip your congregation to move forward with joy.
Increasingly, church communities are seeking new ways of living in community with countless people for whom the role “heterosexual, married with children” does not apply. How do we talk about the pain, the struggle and the violence (physical and verbal) that has accompanied the journey of many among us?
Home visitation allows the office bearer to encourage spiritual development among members of the congregation. I prepared the following materials for the elders of my previous congregation to use as a guideline in making home visits.
There is no doubt that the process of evaluation can be helpful in the growth of a pastor and in the mutual ministry of pastors and elders. Yet, it may get tricky for a whole lot of reasons. Let me pick up on two aspects of the dilemma.
Leaders need to be aware of our tendency to let fear and control undermine God’s intention to liberate and restore our humanity including such things as participation, taking responsibility, creativity, and the freedom to explore. How can we do this?
The phrase “wait till marriage” has a noble meaning. Yet, the message has unintended consequence: it communicates that in marriage sexual intercourse is an entitlement.