Keith Doornbos

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Staying Connected With Sporadic Attenders

Self-identified North American church goers attend church, on average, just once per month. Providence CRC recognized this challenge and is choosing a proactive approach to keep people connected even when they not present on Sunday mornings.

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Deacons and Church Renewal

Most churches experiencing church-wide renewal also experience renewal among their deacons. They move away from financial management, administration and governance and toward stewardship, mercy and the pursuit of justice.

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The Gracious Act of Involvement

Many pastors believe they must do all the preaching, all the teaching, all the visiting, and all the administering because that is what they’re trained and paid to do. But the Bible has another idea about the work of pastors. 

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Eight Statements Worth Considering

Recently I heard Bill Hybels articulated eight elder approved statements that name their highest values. These statements can serve as a helpful conversation starter for ministries seeking to identify ministry priorities.

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  • What you describe, Doug, is an experience far from any I have known.  During my 62 years I've never been threatened by a crazed attacker nor had anyone order a contract killing against me or the...

  • Creating equivalency between Esther and today’s gun debate has its challenge.  For example, the passage that allows for self-defense also advocates for plundering the property of enemies.  Still,...

  • Thanks Ben for your insightful and helpful comments.

  • Greetings Joe,

    Twenty years ago I pastored a congregation immediately following an exodus of members to form a new non-denominational ministry.   The congregation requested permission to...

  • Let’s think about this a little further. 

    In Acts 6 the apostles resist “the daily doing of ministry” by saying “no” to waiting on tables.  They conclude that their focus must be on prayer...

  • Thanks John for the encouragement.

  • As the author of "Keeping Your Eye on Your CVI" I'd like to make another try at speaking into the CVI.  

    As I read the helpful and thoughtful comments made about the article I heard folk...

  • Thanks Marian for your insights and your question.  

    Yes, you are exactly right that sharing faith is all about relationships. Relationships are God's tilled field for the Gospel.  The...