Dale Poel

About Me: 

Member of All Nations CRC, Halifax.  Past experiences include Elder on Council, Property and Finance Committee, teaching Sunday School and the primary lay expert on low pressure steam heating systems in our 1902 inner city church building.

Interests: 

current priority:  sorting out linkages between our church's mission, community outreach and our physical building --- sustainable ministries in a sustainable building for a relatively small, not especially affluent worshiping community.

  • All Nations (Halifax) is a "scent free" worshipping community, but occasional reminders are necessary. In the beginning, men had to be told that their after shave was a "frag."  And, our older (...

  • "The church has a responsibility to contribute to the conversations that make for the best public policy for the common good."

    We can chew on the technical details of pipelines, but the...

  • With all the attention to Classis renewal over the past years, Classis Eastern Canada is not the first to conduct a review of its programs, budgets, vision, direction, etc., but it is doing that...

  • "Every dollar that goes to debt is a dollar that does not go to ministry." Experts suggest that you need a compelling vision, congregational trust, and unity among the leadership to lead a...

  • I was pleased to see this reference in the above note (located on FACEBOOK):

    **Gary Bekker, director of CRWM, says that his agency has turned the request for possible help over to the...

  • I've stayed out of this exchange for awhile, in part because I found the initial comments in this thread moderately depressing and requiring a response beyond my time limits to create.  Thanks to...

  • All Nations has an "interim" term between 2 "semesters" of Sunday School in which the high school and adult SS classes join in one class.  So, we have a 5 week period and are using the Belhar...

  • Our Halifax/Dalhousie University context is different and maybe unique.  Since it's beginning our CRC chaplain has been an official  "Dalhousie chaplain" sharing space in the University building...

  • Hello again,

    I am familiar enough with both types of reserve funds and am interested in other church's experience with the second.  Your church's experience with approximately 2% of monthly...

  • Lost a letter in my name, this is Dale Poel, All Nations Halifax:

    I am interested in a different version of "reserve fund."  After being introduced to the legally required Reserve Fund for...