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I’m a husband, dad, friend, and pastor. –S. I’m a wife, mom, friend, and homemaker. –M.

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Contagious Courage

I see a church community as a place to experience the contagiousness of courage. Surrounded by fellow hikers on the path, we hear and see people cheering us on while we in turn do the same for others.

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Job Description for Senior and Associate Pastor?

Our church (Trinity CRC) is considering changing to the model of having a Senior Pastor and an Associate Pastor. Do you use this model? If so, would you be willing to share job descriptions for BOTH positions? 

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The Melodious Part of the Worship Service

Why do we sing in worship services? Why not simply use spoken words? For one thing, songs give us language to describe our experiences. We cling to them like life preservers when our faith is challenged.

Worship
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Worship Is Like Orange Juice

I was once told that worship is like orange juice. Sunday worship is the concentrate but you need to add water to week experience it all week. Do you ever have days you don't want the concentrate? 

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Not for Ten Million Dollars

What is it that drives people to do something out of the goodness of their heart with no expectation of reward?

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A Gracious Welcome

This welcome statement challenges me to reconsider whether there are people I’ve labeled as beyond God’s reach and therefore not truly welcome to worship...

HospitalityPastors
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I'm a Hypocrite, Too

Acknowledging the contradiction between adultery and the values he espoused while part of the TV show 19 Kids and Counting, Mr. Duggar declared, “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.” I’m not sure I entirely agree with his assessment...

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Favorite hymns I don't want to forget

I think Lift Up Your Hearts is outstanding. It has become my primary hymnal, the first one I turn to for planning worship. Understandably, there are several selections I love and that the church I serve loves from the grey Psalter Hymnal and Sing! A New Creation that did not make it into LUYH​ but that I'd like to keep on my radar. They include "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" (PsH 545) and the songs by Twila Paris – "We Will Glorify" (SNC 21), "He Is Exalted" (SNC 41), and "We Bow Down" (SNC 42). For those of you using LUYH, I'd like to hear what favorites from PsH and SNC you're keeping in...
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The Other Miracle of the Transfiguration

If there’s one disadvantage to knowing Bible stories, it’s that they don’t always surprise us anymore. Take the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. That Jesus’ clothes become dazzling white and that Moses and Elijah show up...

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Not the Complaints Department

To be clear: I am not opposed to correction and suggestions for improvement. But I encourage us to distinguish that from complaining. When it’s in fact complaining we’re dealing with, I offer three things that have come to my mind on the subject.

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  • I found 2 resources here on the CRC website:
    :: crcna.org/sites/default/files/model_church_facilities_2015.docx 
    :: network.crcna.org/church-admin-finance/facilities-use-policies

  • Here's the Worship Team mandate from Trinity CRC in Rock Valley IA.

     

    Objectives

     

          To achieve the stated purpose, the following...

  • Thank you for this wonderful gift, Jeff! I've done a series before on the words from the cross. I really like the Jericho road idea!

    I think my favorite Lent-Easter series I've preached was...

  • I love their concept of membership! Great example of hospitality – thanks for sharing! ~Stanley

  • A remarkable and encouraging piece of writing. I've already shared it with several people. Thank you. ~Stanley

  • Thank you for this, Mark. This past Sunday I commented on our dependence on God, playing off Independence Day as you said in the comment above. I appreciate how you also write of our dependence on...

  • Insightful and profound. Thank you!
    ~Stanley

    posted on: My Only Expertise
  • Very powerful. I've been thinking about the outrage I try to quickly scroll past on FB, what it says about the people who post it and where faith intersects through it all. Thanks. ~Stanley

  • Thank you, Jill, for serving in our Faith Formation Ministries! Blessings to you and your work! ~Stanley

  • Thanks, Norman, for the good reminder. I've thought the same thing when selecting by lot is advocated on the grounds that it's more Spirit-directed. The Spirit works through our reflection and...

    posted on: Trusting the Spirit