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Reinventing the Judicatory in an Unthinkable World

Judicatories come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in many different forms, each with names that come out of a tradition. We know them through such names: diocese, regions, conferences, presbyteries, and districts. How does one reinvent a judicatory shaped by programs and seek to provide resources to transform it into a mission agency?

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The Alban Institute

The Alban Institute produces and distributes research based information on how to minister more effectively. This website also contains a number of resources for classis and congregational health.

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The Story of the CRC Classical Renewal Ministry Team

In reviewing the history of the CRMT coming out of the task force for the Role of Classis in the 21st Century, the adjectives that come to mind are spontaneous, determined, slow progress, peer learning, learning from each other and leading experts in church change, and from the CRMT representatives who met with classical leaders.

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Is This How a Deaf Person Feels?

I know a bare minimum of sign language so I sat, unable to understand the near silent conversations around me. I could have asked for a translator or requested that people go a little slower. But I was reluctant to do this. Why should I impose my single handicap on an entire group of people? Is this how a deaf person feels?

Disability Concerns
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It's Time to Laugh

Most of our work as youth pastors is a challenging work made up of continuous interactions with youth, parents, pastors, council members and our own families. But for the next 15 minutes give yourself permission to let it all loose and just laugh—it's great soul care!

Youth Ministry
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Life in the Fishbowl

While many pastors feel their profession has moved beyond the “glass house” phenomenon of an earlier era, pastors’ families cannot escape the reality that they still play a central—and highly—visible role in the church. 

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The Heidelberg in RAP

Want a great way to introduce the Heidelberg Catechism to your youth group? Check out this Rap from Curt “Voice’ Allen. It may just give a new appreciation for the 129 Questions and Answers.

Youth Ministry
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Hymnal Survey

As we work on fine-tuning some elements of the new Faith Alive hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, we could really use your input. Please take just a couple of minutes to complete this survey.

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Pastoral Evaluations and the Elder

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. 

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