Fifty ideas on how to connect with your local community .
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 17 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.
Join CRC and RCA leaders in Toronto for an inspiring day-long session with Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains.
Although each church is unique, there are a few things all churches have in common, one of which is the challenge of finding ministry volunteers.
Here are some suggestions for removing volunteers who aren’t working out.
View sample job descriptions for elders and deacons that can be modified to suit the specific needs, priorities and circumstances within your congregation.
No longer can we simply ask, “What can we do to get people to come to our church?” We must also consider, “How can we go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel?”
Sometimes small congregations assume that any significant community ministry effort is beyond their reach. Read how a smaller church can make a big impact in their community.
Pastor Carey Nieuwhof shares ten ways your church can be involved in the unique opportunity to reach people at Christmas.
If your congregation is still wrestling with the question of whether or not to require background checks, here are a few guidelines to help you through the evaluation process.
Attached you will find a document with lots of ideas on how to increase active engagement in your church's ministries. Take a look!
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...
Hi Peter -- you may already know this, but BTGMI publishes 'Cada Dia' -- a Spanish equivalent to the 'Today' devotionals.
...posted on: Hispanic Bible Study Materials?
Eagerly awaiting part two!
Here is a list that ServiceLink has compiled, with 10 tips for showing church volunteers how much you appreciate them. Many of these ideas are 'common sense' actions that volunteer leaders will...posted on: Showing Appreciation for Church Volunteers
ServiceLink's website has a section under the Engage menu with 'Helpful Information and Job Descriptions for Elders and Deacons'
Direct links to the webinars for new elders and deacons can...
Hi Kory -- do you mean the police will only do 3 per month, or that turn-around is 3 months? If turn-around is 3-months, you could phase it in. If the police will only do 3 per month, that is a...posted on: Questions on Implementing Background Checks
Hi Leon -- toward the bottom of this page:
there is a downloadable Ministry Evaluation form that a CRC...posted on: Ministry Evaluation Tools?
Here is a link to a page on the ServiceLink site with some additional info on background checks, and there is a link to ScreeningOne, which processes online background checks in...posted on: Questions on Implementing Background Checks