Edward Gabrielse

About Me: 

Life long member of the CRC. Sheboygan, WI, Cedar Falls, IA, Wheaton, IL

Interests: 

Grand Kids, Gardening, Fishing and Santa Fe Railroad

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Strategic Planning for Growth

Apparently we are launching an effort based on five streams to slow the rate of attrition within the denomination. And apparently we have asked agency heads and pastors to spearhead the effort. I appreciate the good intentions, but really, how many of them have the highly specialized training of an MBA degree in Marketing from Wharton or the University of Chicago? How many of them have experience with the rigors of demographic analysis, financial trends and sales projections for new products or services? When the VP of Sales and Marketing at Ford lays out the specifications that will appeal...
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Climate Change - Wither Now?

The Associated Press on June 15, 2013 noted: "The conversation is no longer solely about how to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions. It's becoming more about how to save ourselves from the warming planet's wild weather." Even Al Gore now is saying that the need to cope with rising seas and temperatures is just as important as trying to cut emissions. The science community, after 15 years with no appreciable increase in global warming, has found a way to slither out of the dire predictions. A University of British Columbia climate scientist called the reversal a "No regrets strategy."...
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  • Hell, Fire and Brimstone

  • Babes in Christ.

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