Faith & Finances training equips church leaders with a practical next step for people seeking assistance from their benevolence ministries.
Member of Valley CRC in Binghamton, NY, where I am serving my fourth term as a deacon. Former CRWRC board member. Former trustee of the Center for Public Justice. Previous chair of Diakonia Remixed: Office of Deacon Task Force and the Task Force to Study the Offices of Elder and Deacon for the CRCNA. Employed by Columbian Financial Group in Binghamton, NY, as a software engineer. Attended Synod 2016 as a deacon delegate.
Here are two articles that I especially appreciated and think that all CRC deacons would benefit from reading.
A working group in the Mennonite Church USA has created a 43-minute documentary entitled "The Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ" that is a good introduction to understanding the Doctrine of Discovery.
The Chalmers Center is releasing Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence on Oct. 6. Learn how to effectively navigate the moment when someone asks the church for financial assistance.
We want to hear from you: how does predatory lending impact your community and individuals you have served? What would you like to know, and learn, about predatory lending?
Faith & Finances is a biblically integrated financial education curriculum designed specifically for low-income people.
Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books has given a rave review of the DVD series "For the Life of The World: Letters to the Exiles."
Chapter 3 (Built for Transformation - Creating a Benevolence Philosophy and Policies) of Corbett and Fikkert's book Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence will give you great guidance in...posted on: How Does Your Church Handle Cold Calls?
Here's a resource I recently discovered - Halloween Brings the Mission to Your Doorstep.posted on: What Does Your Church Do With Halloween?
I wasn't able to attend the webinar. Was it recorded? I do have the documents that were distributed.posted on: Free Creation Care Advocacy Webinar
You may want to use references to the 2016 version of the ordination form.posted on: Job Descriptions for Elders and Deacons
I really appreciate these suggestions. Might a corollary to "refusing to compete" be to "partner or cooperate with other churches when appropriate" (which probably wouldn't apply to the grocery...
How about having a session where everyone gathers in small groups of churches (a half-dozen or so) to tell stories, share ministry ideas, and pray for one another?posted on: Inspire 2017 Updates: Your Feedback Needed
Check out the video series For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles at http://www.letterstotheexiles.com/. It addresses the question "What is our salvation for?"posted on: Suggestions for Adult Bible Study?
The final third of Suttle's book elaborates on those five virtues. He references scripture (especially from the life of Jesus) as well as other Christian writers.
By no means do I want to...
The most obvious benchmark of effectiveness may be annual professions of faith and baptisms within local congregations, but I would challenge whether those are the right benchmarks to use. The...
Thanks for asking, Jeff. I'll start by listing some things that I appreciated about Synod 2016, and conclude with a frustration.
1. I was able to get to know two pastors and an elder from...posted on: How Will Deacon Delegates Change Synod?