Three simple practices to help your council make better decisions.
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Too often at church meetings, corporate prayer feels perfunctory; personal scripture study is assumed; and the spiritual formation of fellow office-bearers is an afterthought to deliberations.
With so many challenging and divisive issues facing our churches, from COVID procedures to human sexuality and politics, we offer three easy steps to make worse decisions.
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The way we treat each other while we make decisions is just as important to our witness as the decision itself.
A guide for raising substantial concerns to your church's leadership.
A 176 page report is not something you can merely "agree" or "disagree" with. It's far too complex. How can we engage beyond the headline?
Rev. John Groen shares guidelines he drafted to train himself in patterns of constructive communication, so that destructive conflict can be avoided.
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Excellent observations. Perhaps I too easily assumed that members (or council) would practice a Matthew 18-style of reconciliation when possible or appropriate. Church Order (...posted on: What to Do When Council Won't Listen
The truth is, I don't much enjoy conflict or debate, either. But I know that our polity is such that there will be much debate in the months ahead. My hope with this somewhat tongue...posted on: Human Sexuality Report: Ready to Rumble?
I think it's fair to ask questions about why certain issues get advanced in institutions while other significant issues are neglected.
But I'm not sure it's quite right to...posted on: Human Sexuality Report: Ready to Rumble?
You're welcome, Brenda, and thanks for your comment. Encouraging healthy conversation—about this and other topics—is our goal!posted on: CRCNA Letter of Call (2021)
Love this list Trudy!
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I think what you'd find if you participated in the facilitator training is that the toolkit itself is fairly adaptable. Indeed, there are a lot of challenging conversations...
Hi Pastor Will, thanks for reading and your interest in the Fellowship. This opportunity was first announced on November 5th via the 'For Pastors' email list and other media, including a Financial...posted on: Attention, Bivocational Pastors!
I really like your suggestion. In fact, I think I might include it in a future revision of the blog. It makes sense that meeting with ministry leaders could offer a more realistic...posted on: Pastors, How to Interview Your Next Church