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Harry Boessenkool

About Me: 

Born '45, started work F/T '61 (Banking), Married '68, retired '02. Joanne and I have 5 children expanded by 5 daughters-in law and 12 grandchildren. Post retirement: 5 months Russian American Christian University Moscow, Russia, 7 years Christian Stewardship Services (Canadian equivalent of Barnabas). Served on Christian School Boards in Ontario, Alberta and BC. Served on BTGMI Board (2005-2012), Serving: The King's Christian University Foundation Investment Committee,  Board Christian Scholars International, Toronto. and as Financial Consultant to various projects and people.

Interests: 

Joanne and I have visited all the key overseas locations of BTGMI on our own time and expense. Our passion is Christian Education and ministry via partnerships worldwide.

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Let's Talk About Pastor Compensation

The pension plans for ordained pastors have some really interesting methods of calculating pensions payable. Using country-wide average salaries and excluding clergy housing allowances are but two examples.

Church Admin & FinancePastors
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Ministry Reports and Organization of Ministries

The Christmas edition of The Banner was in my mail slot this morning. One of the items that immediately struck me was the complexity of our ministries. 

CRCNA and Synod
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Organizational Changes HQ CRCNA

The changes involving Home Missions and World Mission are really significant (lots of time, effort, resources and money are being spent on this). Let's discuss these changes in one place on The Network.  

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Discuss Race Relations Statement?

With the recent note on race relations put out by CRC Staff we need this article to show up in this section so we can respond or comment. 

Racial Reconciliation
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Organization structure of CRCNA SPACT Report agenda 2014

There is a lengthy and thorough report of this committee. At the end of the agenda item there is a request for input which I assume to be for synod delegates to complete. I wonder if those of us in the pew can participate in this? Do we need a new post for this? It is a complicated report yet of great importance to the CRCNA. Harry Boessenkool
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New Annual CRCNA Budget process

The new CRCNA budget process announced in the Banner of November 2013 is slated to go into effect for the 2014/2015 budget year. Simplistically, the design includes a 10% removal of funding from all of the ministries (shares) to create a new "Strategic Response Fund" of about $1,000,000 to spend at the Synod (meaning BOT) discretion. I trust this proposal will be declined by synod. (I wonder how World renew will be treated in this situation - no effect I hope because donors would never allow it!) The fancy words used to promote this proposal are of course "strategic budgeting" and “we're not...
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Synod world missions - missionaries to raise 90% of their salaries

I am a bit behind on this topic. However to pressure on folks who already work in mostly difficult circumstances this is a difficult position to support. If we apply it to Back to God Ministries International and Home Missions the traffic on our pulpits asking for money eould increase substantially. How about our Denominational Directors being put in the same position? This is the first but key nail in the CRCNA Ministry Share Program. How many young people will sign up for missionary work when a major part of their work will raising funds? How many Regional Home Missionaries are willing to...
CRCNA and Synod
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Financial stewardship and accountability

Page 16 of the January Banner has a notice about a mutual separation of a senior financial officer attached to a college owned by the CRCNA. This it appears after a 100 million (yes you read right 100,000,000) dollars worth of "payments" are required in 2017(??). Where are the overseers of this officer? Where are the auditors? Here I thought the CRCNA had a very thorough and conservative Investment Policy in place. I also remember commenting to a senior financial officer of the CRCNA how it was that CC could have $200MM in investments and still have $124MM in notes payable. My experience as a...
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Validating voting members at Synod

How are participants (voting members) of synod validated? Does someone make sure they have signed the form of subscription? And if not (and I understand from an overutre that some members of the CRC are not willing to sign this form) what other procedure is used? Just curious.
CRCNA and Synod
  • Interesting report from a meeting of +/48 people (with an Executive committee of 8) on the CRCNA from, what to me, looks like  50,000 feet up. Last year the same CRCNA  took  4 Boards with +/-64...

  • "This support-raising policy has enabled Resonate to have a historic number of open positions". This is an interesting way of putting this. The policy caused an historic number of open (meaning...

  • Appreciate this story and the positive outcome. I do wonder though, with the issue of  World missionaries having to fund themselves for 90%  of their expenses and salary, what your thoughts were ...

  • I write a lot of letters to radio hosts who continue to use  words " ........." in their programs. Especially words that offend Christians. My standards comments are that people doing that lack...

  • We should not use foreign words for God in the English Language.  In  writing in Arabic  and the word for God is Allah no problem.  Most ethnics in Canada changed from their mother tongue to...

  • Well done! 

  • Regards the first item I did some research on the new name.

    """ welcome to: Резонансные глобальные миссии

    Russian is one language where the word "resonate" is not going to translate...

  • Sorry about that. It should have ended by saying "how it translates into all the language BTGMI uses". I stopped because I translated "resonate" in to those languages and it was interesting the...

  • Always interesting to see how folks in the HO culture of the CRC "presume" synod will approve something it has not yet seen. If that is true for other routine stuff why is it even on the Synod...

  • BTGMI spent a lot of time getting to the name REFRAME. By using the word Global in the new name it will soon morf into "Global" or better yet "World" anyway. The latter would prevent major...