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.
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.
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?
Ministers are teaching elders, theologically trained and spiritually astute. Should we set a higher standard for the kinds of elders we appoint or elect?
"Automatic tithing" seems like an oxymoron.
Tithing implies that we give as we are blessed. It's an ongoing process. My experience is that financial 'blessings' fluctuate throughout the...posted on: Do You Automate Your Tithing?
Darren, thanks for your faithful leadership within the Canadian CRC context. I was among the attendees at that 2003 event in Edmonton. While I recall very little of the discussions that took place...
Matt, I can't imagine any scenario where your concerns would hold water. If that person is an alcoholic -- especially struggling with alcoholism -- or the need for a gluten-free option, there...posted on: Eligibility Question for Elder Nominee
That situation seems unfathomable. If a person has consistently not taken communion, that person is dealing with some serious spiritual/moral issues that requires a visit from the pastor or elder...posted on: Eligibility Question for Elder Nominee
Beneficial? It's been foundational in my spiritual life. Both my wife and I have grown incredibly through this discipleship model.
I grew up in the CRC, served several terms as elder, took...posted on: Small Groups - Where Discipleship Happens
Thanks, Carmen. So true.
And I certainly don't want to minimize or attack the fine work that World Renew and World/Home Missions / Resonate is doing.
Why are we hiding our...posted on: Ashamed of Our Christian Reformed Identity
I see incredible value in having virtual small groups specifically for men and specifically for women -- separate -- where they become accountability groups. The weakness of 'regular' small groups...posted on: Small Groups on Facebook
The 'success' of a small group ministry rests with the content. Small groups have a tendency to become social gatherings rather than spiritual formation gatherings. Our small group spends the...
It's been three months since that initial posting and much has happened since then. There has been a growing endorsement of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. Hillory Clinton is almost...
Getting church-goers to become engaged in scripture. What a novel idea.
One might start by removing all of the Bibles from the church pews. Have folks bring their own to worship that they...posted on: Creating Small Groups for Bible Engagement