COVID provides an opportunity for churches to reimagine their ministry and their worship reach.
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How has COVID changed the way we do church or even think about church?
Samuel was a prime biblical example of a man of integrity. He led the nation of Israel without ever compromising his integrity. Why does it seem to be more difficult for us?
Denominational statements are wonderful but how does it impact the local church community?
COVID-19 takes its toll on the mental health of pastors when they are robbed of the face-to-face connection on Sundays.
In Samuel's 'State of the Union' address, he asked: "Whose ox have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed?" The answer, from all of Israel, was an affirmation of Samuel's integrity.
The church does a great job embracing the poor, the downtrodden, refugees, the homeless. But we haven't quite figured out how to minister to those who are wealthy.
What is your focus when you prepare and preach your sermon?
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.
The initial question shouldn't focus on VBS content but on the size of the group. Since the transition to Zoom for most churches, there is no longer the assumption that VBS needs to be confined to...posted on: Virtual VBS?
I agree, Bethany. I wrote the piece; I didn't choose the artwork ... but it is in bad taste.
I have been engaged in a number of wonderful, creative discussions over the past two...posted on: COVID and Sundays
Chaplaincy and spiritual care has become an integral part of the marketplace -- where people work. Increasingly, a wide range of businesses, industry and organizations are hiring chaplains or...
While I applaud the mentoring program for newly-ordained pastors, I also hope that there are set standards in place to qualify as a mentor. One of the greatest gifts that a mentor can provide the...posted on: The State of Mentoring in the CRCNA
I would certainly hope that Henry's suggestion -- to have pastors meet with a calling church's ministry leaders -- would be standard practice.
Here's a question that should be asked of...posted on: Pastors, How to Interview Your Next Church
It's relatively easy to find a pastor who will simply 'fill the pulpit' on Sundays. Similarly, it's relatively easy for a pastor who is looking for another church to find one that will 'do'....posted on: Pastors, How to Interview Your Next Church
Having been part of a few search committees over the years, back when pastors were a homogeneous bunch, this article should prove to be helpful.
Even though we have an increasingly varied...
You raise a valid question, Harry, and I think it merits a much broader discussion.
What is the impact of COVID on church attendance, church shopping and Sunday worship attendance?
You raise a profound question and it even stretches beyond The Offering to a larger question about what worship will look like post-COVID? And will we ever experience a post-COVID or will we...
Do churches still have choirs? I thought that worship teams -- designed to lead the congregation in worship -- replaced the need for choirs. One can't beat congregational singing in a worship...posted on: How Will Your Choir Look This Year?