What is your focus when you prepare and preach your sermon?
Executive Director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation.
Former director of communications with the CRCNA and The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Former editor of the Anglican Journal.
A 40-year history in communication and marketing.
The Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee provides an opportunity for churches and individuals to become involved in grassroots, hands-on, relationship-building between CRC members and local aboriginal communities.
To whom are you accountable for your spiritual and moral life...besides God? The once-a-year elder visit (if it still exists) provides a superficial check list at best. Small groups, done properly, provide a setting for both spiritual growth and moral accountability.
Christian leaders need to live lives of integrity if they expect others to trust and follow them, whether that’s in church, in politics, or in business.
It seems as though Christian Reformed Home Missions and Christian Reformed World Missions were ashamed of our identity in selecting a new name and it ignores the denomination's rich heritage.
We still live with the incredible notion that the local church consists of one or two leaders and dozens (if not hundreds) of followers. What is our fear of being involved in leadership?
Undoubtedly the most disturbing photo in the Synod issue of The Banner was the chalk drawing of the rainbow outside Calvin College's Fine Arts Building where Synod was held.
At what point should the church speak out when political parties advocate notions that are clearly unbiblical?
Many churches hold commissioning services in September as a way to acknowledge, bless, and celebrate those in leadership roles within various church programs. What about the rest?
And while the discussion continues, I am thinking of a few gay men who I know who have read the scriptures and who have decided that to practice homosexuality is sin, that they need to live holy...posted on: Turning the CRC Into an Lgbtq+ Ally
Do not use Scripture to convince your fellow CRC members of the beauty of full inclusion. That single piece of advise will either 'make' or 'break' the CRC.
If the CRC returns to, or...posted on: Turning the CRC Into an Lgbtq+ Ally
There are two other areas that apply equally to young adults and to all of us.
1. Pornography. Today's culture is saturated with pornography. I can't imagine a fall session of young adults...
Angela, you asked what study material we use for our young adult/university students.
These are millennials. They have tons of questions about faith and, more importantly, they don't know...
We have a vibrant youth/young adult ministry. We bring in five busloads full of university students from three area universities (about 300 students) every Sunday morning. This 'bus ministry' is a...
Here's a 'corporate' digression on tithing.
I lead a national association of Christian business and professional leaders. In the monthly discussion among the 50 groups, we look at...posted on: Do You Automate Your Tithing?
Well, the first thing that comes to mind -- and I live in Canada -- is that the parsonage would lose it tax-free status. In Canada, the church does not pay taxes on church-owned property such as a...
Several years ago I inherited a position as chair of church council. I discovered that it seemed that several leaders of various ministries weren't that qualified to lead those ministries or...posted on: Recruiting Volunteers: What's Your Best Tip?
While I like Elizabeth's definition of a leader, it is a rather generic definition. It could apply equally to a leader at Amway, a football coach or a school principal.
But what sets a...
As a member of various church councils over the years, and as one who has been a witness to sending off pastors for various forms of study leaves and sabbaticals, it just recently occurred to me...