Rob Toornstra

About Me: 

I'm a Pastor of Sunnyslope Christian Reformed Church, in Salem, Oregon. I was born in Western Canada, and attended Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College) in Grand Rapids, and then later, Calvin Seminary.

Interests: 

Aviation, Cooking, Reading, Travel, Martial Arts

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What wedding guidelines does your church have in place?

I'm not sure that this is the best place to post this -- probably, it would qualify for a few places. I'm trying to update our church guidelines for weddings in our church, and I'm wondering how other pastors and churches have gone about having policies or guidelines in place. w Here are a couple of specific examples that I've encountered: 1) Will your church host non-Christian weddings, and if so, will you, as a pastor, be involved? 2) Will you marry non-Christian (that is, two non-Christians to each other)? 3) Do you charge a fee (for officiating; I assume that there is some charge for use...
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What is the best way to follow up with church visitors?

Our church is looking at better ways to follow up with visitors. Currently, we have a guestbook for people to sign -- and this is the only way that we have of recording names/addresses etc. of visitors. We do a pretty good job of being friendly to guests, and most visitors have said that they feel welcomed. But, I would like to be able to follow up with people later in the week (by personal letter, invitations to church activities, etc.). One thing we are considering is Friendship Registers -- those folders in pews that people (including church members) sign during the offering. Has this...
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  • Well put.  Thank you for saying that.

  • Good thoughts, thanks Al.  I sometimes wonder if the CRC was (intentionally or not) trying to get away from Reformd/Calvinist distinctives at the same time that so many seemed hungry for Reformed...

  • Well, a comprehensive definition could take awhile.  this isn't so much a definition as a bit of raw material...

     

    ...True preaching happens when Jesus Christ looks beautiful -- such...

  • I wholeheartedly agree -- great reflection.  I echo a similar thought on a Synodical level; attending Synod gives one a nuanced perspective on issues, especially those that can be theologically/...

  • Doug's comments were removed by the moderator as offensive.  I read what he wrote, and frankly, I find that incredibly hard to believe, and it bothers me greatly that on a thread asking for...

  • Steve -- that's an intriguing idea, I think...  and you have a valid point about the COD as a confession that is particular to one issue.  The only problem, I think, with the OWBTG as a confession...

  • Well put, as always.  Those in favor of adopting the Belhar can tend to set up a false dichotomy: "We must Adopt the Belhar as a confession or we'll be seen as a denomination opposed to racial...

  • I find that statement from the "Guest Ministry Director" apalling.  "If A Disruption arises"? "Assess the situation"?  "Suggest alternate viewing options"?  That speaks volumes about WC...

  • A couple of years ago, I did 30 sermons on the Minor Prophets.  I've preached through the Catechism twice, the Belgic once, and now I'm going in great detail through the Sermon on the Mount. ...

  • Thanks Jonathan -- I tried looking the other day for how to do that, but I couldn't find it under my account settings (however, now I saw the link in the email).

     

    And I apologize if...

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