Michael VandenBerg

About Me: 
I am the Pastor of Hope Community CRC in Indianapolis, IN, a multi-cultural, urban congregation in the Northeast Corner of Indianapolis. I am also a consultant, working primarily with churches in a community that want to coordinate their community services across denominational lines. I have been doing this community development work for over 30 years and have started community clearinghouses in 8 cities.
  • Grace,

    Excellent suggestion, though that is not typically a spiritual gifts inventory. That is closer to what is called a talent/tithe, tithing your talents. If you or Milissa or anyone...

  • Grace,

    The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) has on on their website in their archives. you might try that or the CRC use to have a great survey...

  • Good suggestion but Techsoup requires that you be a 501C3 registered organization which many if not most churches are only an implied 501c3. There is a way around it but to date I have not been...

  • Coming from the RCA which has permitted Children at the Lord's table for quite a number of years, I applaude the CRC for this move. For me the larger question is why we affirm that Baptism is...

  • Ken,

    I think that Fronse is right on target in terms of how you might minister even from home. I have had people in their 80's and 90's make their connections on the internet a blessing to...

  • Thank you for your thoughtful response and clarification. I agree and we did spend quite a bit of time interpreting what the introduction of tables meant and also used Biblical tie ins with table...

    posted on: Worship Vacation?
  • I hesitate to jump back into the conversation, but must say that if you ever come to Hope Church you may be surprised by the tables as you enter, but you will certainly leave having worshiped....

    posted on: Worship Vacation?
  • I too had some concerns when our worship team suggested this type of format for the summer, but after trying it for the past two years I see that truly it is worship, afterall, worship is not...

    posted on: Worship Vacation?
  • At Hope Church for the past two summers, we have rearranged our sanctuary to include tables and invite everyone to grab a cup of coffee and a muffin and sit around tables for the service. At the...

    posted on: Worship Vacation?