Many Christian Reformed churches do not have an existing policy to support church staff who need to adjust their regular work schedule due to childbirth, adoption, or other family situations. Here are some suggestions to consider for family leave.
I am looking for churches that use a co-pastoring model of leadership. Are you are willing to share your experiences/job description with a church that is considering this model?
I have a personal passion for leadership and young people. For this reason, I raise the question: What are we doing in our churches to intentionally raise up young Black and Reformed leaders?
The Church and Minister Profile Forms have been streamlined and are attached for quick download.
Lamenting is painful and there's nothing "dignified" or "pretty" about it. The Church needs to face the reality of racism in America and to join others in crying out to our Lord for deliverance.
“Do we have a future or have we come to the end of ministry as we know it now?” For many churches, this is a hard question to ask and to answer.
For churches who are interested in helpful guidelines and a process to use in handling conflict in your congregation, Pastor-Church Relations would like to suggest the following documents.
In 1999 I was blessed to be extended a call to co-pastor Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which had a vision to become a multicultural church. I researched the CRC’s doctrines, history and mission focus and it all seemed to align with God’s leading in my life. So I accepted the call. I was eager...
How can we, as African Americans, support Pastor Sheila Holmes of Northside Comm Church, Paterson, NJ?
Thanks for sharing your insightful research and thoughts.
Thanks Michael for your response.
Yes, I agree that it is so hard. It is also so necessary. From my personal experience, the first place I started was prayer, asking the Lord to open my...posted on: God's Vision for the Church
Happy New Year from Kalamazoo, Michigan!posted on: Where Do You Live? Say Hi Below!
Yes, thanks for this great testimony and encouragement!
I've not heard of a situation like this before so I can't offer any suggestions. I would hope the pastor (and his wife) would have a conversation about their new role as foster...
You can find both documents at https://network.crcna.org/church-coaching
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I am inspired by this article. It conveys what I know to be true and my experience in leadership. The metaphors of "a journey" and "marathon" are right on. Listening and making room for people...
Laura, I appreciate your words and wisdom because I know you're tried and tested! I'm late responding but now is as good as ever. You mentioned "legacy and tradition." I'm looking forward to our...
I like Boer's idea of spheres of leadership and the church as the body in which all parts are servant leaders without a hierarchical structure. Hope I have opportunity to read it...posted on: Foolish Development
Thank you Fronse for your response to this challenging and relevant question.
As we look at what is being exposed in our country today (more specifically racism and police brutality), it is...