During the past four weeks I’ve led four Sabbath prayer retreats: two for church councils on different ends of the continent, one for a CRC Classis, and one for the staff of a Christian High School.
Syd Hielema serves as the Team Leader for Faith Formation Ministries. His passion is to serve congregations in their calling to provide a sturdy spiritual home for believers and searchers of all ages. Before taking on this role in 2014, he served as a youth pastor, youth ministry professor and university chaplain. Syd married Evelyn in 1977, and they have three children and two grandchildren. They worship at Meadowlands Fellowship CRC in Ancaster, ON, where Syd serves as a youth leader, pianist, and occasional preacher.
To my great surprise, the musical food was more nourishing than the physical food. And I wondered if that Flint diner had some things in common with that stable in Bethlehem.
I’ve seen the challenges that ministry places on marriages, and also witnessed the deep damage done to the gospel when a marriage is hurt by infidelity. Here are some ways to combat the evil one.
Imagine three years from now: as the project continues, more than 100 heart songs will have been shared. Worshipers will see the heart of Jesus beating in one another through fresh eyes.
Like all Christians, ministry leaders face daily challenges and difficulties. Spiritual direction can help us meet those challenges in the spirit of Psalm 139.
Faith formation cohorts promote faith nurture and help “shrink” the denomination in important ways. Find out more below!
As pastors and church councils know, obstructionists can do great damage in a church. Here's how to work toward the discipline of holy complaint.
I find that serving as a spiritual leader is an indescribable privilege. But I also find exercising this privilege frequently beats up my soul. Check out the "Pastors’ Spiritual Vitality Toolkit" for ideas on restoring your soul.
We often end our youth group year by inviting the teens to write down questions they’re struggling with. This past spring I was shocked by the composite question that topped the list.
After a week which included a public display of racial hatred, the murder of a young woman, and the shameful failure of a president to name evil for what it is, how do we respond?
Thanks, Charles,for clarifying something I unintentionally seem to have left ambiguous. I agree: such discipling must occur with the parents' approval. I know that Carson's parents (not,of course...posted on: Grandparents Discipling Grandchildren