Our church is beginning the transition to implementing background checks. We are running into several snags and would love the input and experience of others.
I am the pastor of Westend CRC in Grand Rapids, MI.
Small group conversations are challenging for hearing-impaired members & small group discussions aren't accessible to the range of cognitive development. How have others tackled this?
I have this sense that among young leaders there is a growing attitude rejecting traditional forms of church governance. A lot of us have a hard time with the idea that the decisions made by this binational gathering will have any helpful impact on the day to day work of the Kingdom of God. At the same time, some of these young leaders have started a hashtag #crcgroundswell looking for stories of God’s Holy Spirit at work in our churches...
Here's a presentation I gave a couple of weeks ago at River Terrace Church on the way in which science and faith can interact with one another and how this should affect our lives. I would love feedback from other campus ministers — does this fit with your students/churches?
How accessible is space on your campus? Are you located primarily on- or off-campus? If you are based off-campus, how do you get on-campus?
At a recent Bible Study, we were discussing what it means that Christ 'set me free from the tyranny of the devil' (Heidelberg Catechism Q/A #1). The discussion turned to the relentless pursuit of knowledge that many students face.
I would add a good set of favorite blogs. Subscribe in your inbox, follow on social media, whatever is going to keep it in your attention. My three top recommendations for campus ministry-minded...posted on: Books for a Campus Backpack?
Thanks, Libby and Ken, for your input and the helpful resources. Our local police can do something like 3/month. Do either of you (or anyone else) have any other suggested organizations and...posted on: Questions on Implementing Background Checks
Our church has a beautiful tradition of giving all students beginning their Kindergarten year a quilt handmade by some of the ladies in the church. Their name is sewed at the top, the congregation...posted on: Back to School With a Blessing
Thanks, Bonnie, for your encouragement. I've been thrilled already to see what feels like a tremendous spirit of unity and have been amazed by the prayers being offered on our behalf through...posted on: Why I'm Excited for Synod
Thanks, everyone, for your insights. I'd love to hear more experiences from others.
I continue to learn more about the ways in which everything works here. Residence hall staff are funded...
You are right - it certainly saves us a lot of money to have my office located at the church rather than on-campus (for which we are extraordinarily grateful to River Terrace Church...
Personally, I think that it is important we share the Gospel in as many ways as possible - using rap, hiphop, and R&B if necessary. We have an obligation to reach out to the whole world, no...posted on: A Wrap of a Rap on the Heidelberg Catechism