What does ‘operational oversight’ look like among the ministry staff in your congregation? How do you decide the salary for any given position?
Resource Catalyzer with Ministry in Canada and the Connections Project, working from the Burlington (ON) office.
It is my honour to serve classes and congregations in eastern Canada as a resource catalyzer, and to assist churches across Canada as they utilize The Bridge App, a smartphone app specificially tailored to Christian Reformed churches.
I am a member of The Carpenteros and Friends, a group that began at Calvary CRC (Flamborough, ON) and has expanded to include members from several other CRCs and non-CRC churches. For the past 19 years, the Carpenteros have been supporting community development in Honduras through short-term service teams and various fundraising activities that support micro-finance cooperatives, agricultural and sanitation projects, health and nutritional training, justice advocacy, and crisis/emergency relief, in partnership with World Renew, Diaconia Nacional, and other Honduran partner agencies. Funds to support this work are primarily raised through the 'Building Hope for Honduras' banquet, normally held on the last Thurs. in September, and through a Valentine's Dinner.
In partnership with Diaconia Nacional of Honduras, the Carpenteros also coordinate the Rio Olancho Direct Trade Coffee Project, which provides training and support for coffee growers in Olancho. They are paid a premium for producing high-quality coffee, which is the exported to Canada and distributed in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
Members and regular guests may know the personal email addresses of the ministry leaders in your church. But for those who visit your website looking for a means of contact, what first impression are you sending?
If your church has prepared a communication plan/strategy, would you be willing to share it?
What software program is your church using to manage and schedule your various volunteers?
Ideas for new practices or programs may be plentiful, but the deeper challenge is in successful implementation and making the changes stick. In this article, five steps or stages are outlined for putting good ideas into action.
Recently LifeWay’s Todd Adkins, Daniel Im, and Eric Geiger (hosts of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast) released five episodes specifically related to recruiting volunteers in churches. Here are some of the highlights!
The article below, from Smart Church Management, suggests four ideal opportunities for surveying your volunteers.
Effective volunteer management incorporates many things that contribute to a positive experience for the volunteer. Here are 12 things that your volunteers are expecting from your church.
This article offers a number of suggestions for small churches that are looking to engage deeper with their community. With the right approach, it is possible for a small group of people to make a big impact.
I have found that, when determining what to post, two effective filters are (1) does this contribute toward building community or projecting a community that others will want to be part of, and (2...
Some interesting questions and ideas you have raised here, Rachael. BTW, thank you for what you and your congregation are doing to utilize The Bridge App, as one of the US churches that have...posted on: How Does Your Church Do Photo Directories?
The Bridge App, which is available to all CRCs in Canada, has a 'GIVE' function that allows members to donate to the budget and other causes designated by the local church. While giving can...
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Thank you for sharing this information, Shirley.
The Bridge App, which is now available for CRCs in Canada, has placed the very highest priority on data security for its Give function. ...
There are a number of giving/donation apps that are specifically designed for churches. Tithely is one that a number of churches are using, although I do not have any personal experience with it...
The Bridge App, which the CRCNA is currently being rolled out by Canadian Ministries to congregations in Canada is a smartphone app (Apple and Android) that includes a directory component.
In developing The Bridge, one of the principles relating to the directory is that churches and individual users would have primary control over that content. We have sought to make it as easy as...
Hi Doug. You are correct that at this point in time, there is only one US church (Bellevue, Washington) because they have agreed to be part of the pilot/testing process. The Ontario churches...