The Agenda for Synod 2019 contains a well thought out proposal for reimagining ministry shares. A wider discussion via this forum will help many members to better understand what is being proposed starting in 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new CRCNA budget process announced in the Banner of November 2013 is slated to go into effect for the 2014/2015 budget year.
What will be the pension for each if these Pastors when they turn 67 in five years?
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.
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 dollars worth of "payments" are required in 2017. Where are the overseers of this officer? Where are the auditors?
Given the current circumstances I wonder if now is a good time to discuss this issue again? As a denomination it might be a good idea to see if COVID changes the how people attend church going...
The number ministries and logo's in the CRCNA are becoming overwhelming. And to think we have find Canadian versions of this as well......to show we have some say (based on Canada Revenue rules...posted on: What is Raise Up Global Ministries?
Hi Nate... this is a good question.
Missionaries who work for Resonate have to prepare an annual program budget.
That budget forms the basis of the support they need. So each...posted on: Evaluating Ministry Partners?
This is a wonderful report which gives me a chance to see what the church is doing in the world.
This report becomes extremely important for our congregations as we transition to a new...posted on: 2019 Annual Ministry Report
Thanks Keith those are valid comments. I am treading on dangerous ground here, but I believe that the prayers in future synods done by selected persons may also lead to group think.posted on: Synod 2019 Top Tweet(s) - Wednesday, June 19
What synod approved regarding the way the church wants to change the MS process will bring to the fore what people in the pew feel about the ministries they want to support. So the in `pledge` (...
“I cannot contribute to this topic. It did occur to me….. How would the church react if the US congress or the Canadian parliament were to have a discussion on, say, how local churches should...
Here is the sentence that underlies this Overture:
"To get around a financial difficulty like that, many couples desire to be married in the eyes of
the church but not in the eyes of...posted on: Ecclesiastic Marriage
When an overture needs to give as an example" the marriage between a widow and a widower", what other examples are possible in today's environment? For that reason alone this overture should be...posted on: Ecclesiastic Marriage
What interesting way of putting all this. Like you, I grew up on farm in Southern Alberta and hoed sugar beets for seven years (spring and part of summer) between the ages 9 and sixteen. No...posted on: Living in the Land of Ambiguous Fruitfulness