Steve Nyenhuis

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Small Groups on Facebook

There is a group of us on Facebook who have decided to form a small group. Has anyone else done this? If so, do you have suggestions that might help as we begin our group?

Small Groups
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Inclusivity Learning and Resources

Here are some great tools for pastors and church planters who want to learn to fully include people with disabilities. 

Church PlantingDisability Concerns
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Disability Ministry: How Are We Doing?

How often do we hear included in our congregational prayers, prayers for those affected by mental illness? How many worship services have we been in where we were blessed by a person in a wheelchair leading us in worship?

CRCNA and SynodDisability Concerns
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Helping People With Intellectual Disabilities Feel Included in Worship

I would like to hear from churches who have adults with intellectual disabilities who attend your worship services. How do we make worship meaningful to them? What are some useful tips to help our pastor to preach his sermons in a way which will be understood by everyone? What about the rest of the service?

Disability ConcernsWorship
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The Disclosure of Church Staff Salaries

Is there a policy in the CRC for how salary amounts for church staff should be disclosed to the congregation?

Church Admin & FinancePastors
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How has your church handled the issue of transportation?

One of the challenges of Disability Ministry is getting people to church on Sundays as well as during the week for ministry events. I'd like to hear some of the ways our churches have solved this challenge. Whether it's getting members to commit to driving each week, or buying a bus or van, or maybe you've come up with another way. I look forward to reading your responses.
Disability Concerns
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Service Ideas for Small Groups

What are some ways your Small Groups have reached out to serve the hurting in your communities?

Small Groups
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Once an elder, always an elder?

I was ordained as an elder and served my 3 year term. Now that I am done with that term, am I still considered to be an elder? If I happen to be at a service where there is a call for elders to participate in Communion or laying on of hands for an ordination service, may I participate as en elder?
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What suggestions do you have for a church prayer retreat?

One of the goals for our church in this coming year is to have a prayer retreat. I led one a couple of years ago, but I'd like to hear what other churches have done. If your church has had a prayer retreat what was the format? Was it one day or a weekend? Was it on your church campus or off site? What did you use for materials? Any other thoughts or suggestions? Thank you for sharing. Steve Nyenhuis
Prayer
  • I don’t have a specific devotional, but you could share some thoughts based on Matthew 25:31-46. What are some of the ways we might see Jesus and how have others seen Jesus in us?

    posted on: Devotion Ideas?
  • Will this webinar be available for listening to at a later time?

  • Karen, here is one more example of broken dreams - couples preparing for their child and finding out that he/she has disabilities. How can we be there for them as they are forced to rethink their...

  • Several examples from the Bible come to mind when it comes to leadership development. Joshua was mentored by Moses for over 40 years before God finally said it was his turn to lead the Israelites...

  • Katie

    Thank you for your response and suggestions. I will check out the resources you mentioned. New situations like this require people to step out of their comfort zone. This includes...

  • Could it be that part of the "problem" is that churches in North America are discovering that being missional means more than supporting missionaries in other countries? Conservative as well as...

  • Mark, thank you for this post. As I mentioned in my email to you, your post comes at a very good time because we are currently in the middle of a series in our small groups on bioethics. Since I...

  • I am currently reading The Painful Side of Leadership, Moving Forward Even When it Hurts by Jeff Iorg. it's an excellent book for pastors and leaders. Sometimes pain comes as a result of followers...

  • As I mentioned in my comment to your first post, our future pastors need to explore what it means for the church to be inclusive with people with disabilities. What does the Bible say about...

  • Hi, Geri. It's been almost 4 months since you shared about your short-term committee. First of all, how is it going? I hope you've received a positive response from your various committees as well...