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."
The Central Union Mission in Washington, DC, exemplifies the holistic approach of faith-based organizations to alleviating poverty.
From the Diakonia Remixed report:
"Another related principle is that the delegation of deacons to major assemblies is not about equal representation as such, as if there should be some...
The Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC, has developed a new Political Discipleship curriculum that is currently being piloted. It is a curriculum for small groups that provides a...posted on: Communication to Synod - Let's Discuss
But then there is Jesus' response to "Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth" and "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy" in Matthew 5:38-48. I would prefer to take my direction from Jesus who...posted on: Esther and the 2nd Amendment
I found Mark Roberts' devotional Loving the God Who Loves Justice to be helpful in the context of this discussion. The words “justice” and “equity” are frequently found in Scripture in...posted on: How Do You Define "Justice"?
"Justice is what love looks like... in public." - Craig Greenfieldposted on: How Do You Define "Justice"?
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...