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Worship Education: Meaning and Purpose The Network

Details: Worship Education: Meaning and Purpose 473 views . 0 comments. The documents and resources on this page serve to articulate some foundational principles and beliefs for all we do in worship; foundations that transcend style and context. They …

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Continuing Education for Pastors: General Educational

Details: The Continuing Education page shares resources as organized by the Five Callings the CRC has adopted. While these callings are obviously not the total sum of ministry, they nonetheless provide a helpful framework for the breadth and balance of our own ministry experience. Two thoughts to guide support of a pastor’s continuing education:

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Continuing Education for Ministers

Details: For example, if your church set up a Continuing Education fund of $2,000 in the annual budget, the minister could submit receipts from books, conferences, and seminars and be reimbursed for the expenses. The accountable expense …

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Into All Truth: The Value of Continuing Education The

Details: Practically speaking that means all preachers and leaders need to be lifelong learners who seek to avail themselves of as many continuing education opportunities as they can find. On a daily and weekly basis this means keeping up on the news, reading thoughtful articles and books, consulting good commentaries in preparing sermons. But on a

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Lifelong Learning The Network

Details: Seminaries have taken note of these statistics and responded. “From the perspective of the seminary, the new curriculum is designed with lifelong learning in mind,” says Rev. Kathy Smith, Director of Continuing Education for Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Instead of trying to teach students everything they need to

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Growing Up: Continuing Education and Sabbatical Leave

Details: There is an assumption that pastors are the only ones who need regular exposure to continuing education. Meanwhile the congregation gets left further and further behind. And to your point: if a pastor has a plan for his continuing education or sabbatical studies, then most certainly the congregation needs to have a similar or simultaneous plan.

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Ideas for a Pastor's Continuing Education

Details: I am looking for some resources and opportunities to do some education in the areas of spiritual health and intellectual growth. What are pastors doing these days? Bruce Dykstra. The River Community Church, Douglas, MA

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Do Church Elders Need to Send Their Children

Details: The Christian education debate is a delicate issue not only if your church is gaining members without a CRC background (like myself) but also if your church is in a non-CRC area, so Christians schools tend to be Catholic or otherwise not following in the outline laid out in this recent and well-written Banner article. That is where our current

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School and Church: Creating a Unique Partnership During

Details: Back to school has a different tone this year. Uncertainty, risk management, and safety concerns occupy our thinking and planning. As I thought about schools and their reopening or online plans, I wondered if and how churches have been involved in crafting creative education solutions and ideas with a community.

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Tool for Evaluating Ministry Programs The Network

Details: In completing this evaluation, we. are trying to objectively assess how each ministry fits in with the broader Mission and Vision of. our church and if we are doing a good job of supporting this ministry so it can successfully serve. others. This is an evaluation of the ministry, not of you, although as leader of the ministry it is. your

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Christian Education The Network

Details: The Christian Education Team works to promote and support Christian education within the congregation. They assist the church in oversight of the financial needs of those who are not able to pay the complete cost of Christian day school tuition.

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What Do We Want Them To Learn

Details: In 1997 a group of RCA church leaders came together to discuss desired learning outcomes for church education. What they developed was a series of desired learning outcomes for each age level as part of their Learning for Life initiative that offered best practices for congregations to consider. Today we focus less on knowing and more on doing.

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Are We Promoting Individualism or Community

Details: How much of the rich history of theology and activity of the church do they receive in the context of your church education program (if they are attending public school, rest assured, there is a void in their education)? Waiting to hear from the elders!

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Domestic Abuse: Where Is the Church

Details: Tara Aday is the Director of Prevention and Education at Safe Haven Ministries, a faith-based organization in Grand Rapids, MI, with a mission to end domestic abuse. Deanna DeVries is active in Safe Church Ministry as the LiveSafe team leader at LaGrave CRC, also in Grand Rapids.

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Religious Education The Network

Details: The education conversation that Noah was referring to was part of a panel discussion on justice in education, where representatives of the Grand Rapids Public School board, Grand Rapids Christian Schools, Potters House, and a new school called Living Stones all spoke to seeking justice in our community's education system.

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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Guide The Network

Details: Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop

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Reflections on Taking a Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education

Details: Reflections on Taking a Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. From May 29 through August 10, 2018, I had the privilege of taking a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. At the conclusion of our time together, each of us students wrote a "final evaluation". Here are some excerpts from mine.

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Sunday School Curriculum

Details: Finally, here are a few tools that you and your education committee may find helpful in your search for curriculum. The first is a Ten Question Tool for Choosing a Children's Curriculum which breaks the process down into ten great questions. You can read more about it here and you can view a video about it here.

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Age Level Characteristics of Kids The Network

Details: Kids think and act so much differently than adults that relating to them can be a challenge! The links below summarize intellectual, social, and spiritual characteristics of kids at various age levels, and offer tips for helping them grow in faith.

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OK to Use Tithe for Christian School Tuition

Details: First, we need to remember that the tithe was, in biblical times, given to the local "church", and that part of Israel's infrastructure as a theocracy was that the church would provide for the education of the children to some degree. Thus, when children went to school, that schooling was "paid for" by the tithe (at least in part).

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10 Ways Churches Can Partner With Mental

Details: Having a person who works at the intersection of faith and mental health (1 foot in the church and 1 foot in the system) will help you have someone who knows the resources and can make introductions for you to other potential partners. Identify local organizations such as your Community Mental Health Center. In many counties, there are multiple

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#EducationTogether: Closing the Indigenous Education Gap

Details: Public education programs in Canada are traditionally funded by the provincial school authorities but this is not the case for Indigenous schools. Most of the funding for Indigenous schools comes from the federal government. Because of the different funding model, schools on First Nations reserves have historically received 30-50% less in funding.

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Resources for Teaching ALL the Kids in Your Sunday School

Details: Resources for Teaching ALL the Kids in Your Sunday School Class. You’re looking forward to another season of teaching. You have your teacher’s manual and materials for your kids. You are planning a billboard for the classroom, and have supplies for that. You have the church calendar and mapped out which lessons you’ll teach on which

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Do Pastors Need Professional Supervision

Details: Continuing education for supervisors is an important piece of us to consider. Expanded training at Classis to help churches understand the need for supervision and continuing education would also be helpful. Again, I appreciate this discussion forum and …

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Pastors: Is It Time for Continuing Education

Details: Every CRCNA pastor and ministry leader (employed for over 20 hrs/week) is eligible and welcome to apply for a Continuing Education grant. You are free to propose a wide variety of opportunities to be funded (though we’d like your church to be supportive). If approved, Pastor Church Resources will provide $750 towards your expenses.

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Clinical Pastoral Educaion t Collaborivea t

Details: The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is designed to train participants in pastoral care ministry through: • Active engagement in ministry for at least 16 hours per week • Reflection on ministry experience • Assimilation of learning into ongoing ministry Opportunities for clinical reflections occur one day a week for up to 24

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A Discussion on Academic Ableism With Dr. Jay Dolmage

Details: Dr. Dolmage has also written a very informative book: Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education. Please note that he has given open access to this book for all of us who wish to learn and explore more on this very important topic. At the end of the book is an extensive list of articles on the topic of academic ableism.

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Children & Worship

Details: professor of Christian education and the Director of the Master of Religion Education Program. Sonja passed away on April 21, 2006 She was a long time member of Westminster Presbyterian Church were she served as an Elder and a Deacon. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and a gifted teacher who enjoyed walking on the beach, watching sunsets,

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Education is the Best Prevention The Network

Details: Education is the Best Prevention 10 views . 0 comments. We can begin to prevent abuse by starting at an early age to teach our children respect for themselves and for one another; and by helping them learn what to do in situations that feel unsafe. As our children grow up it’s important for the church to be a strong voice encouraging a

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Wounded Healer The Network

Details: Henri Nouwen coined a phrase that is frequently used in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) circles: as pastoral caregivers, we ought to aim toward the goal of being wounded healers, not the walking wounded. When I hear this, all I can think of is the TV show “The Walking Dead”, but I doubt this is what Nouwen was getting at.

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4 Essentials for Effective Mentoring

Details: Throughout my education and career, I can reflect back and identify many informal mentors – this was before recent formal mentoring became an intentional aspect of professional development. In each case there were principles that were characteristic of the relationship. I will share four things that are essential to an effective mentoring

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Deacons' Meetings The Network

Details: The Deacon’s Handbook gives you enough in these two-and-a-half pages to get you started. It’ll show you the big picture in clear and practical steps. Meetings ought not to replace or take over the time needed for a deacon to engage in ministry opportunities between meetings. Diaconal ministry must be committed to the Lord in prayer.

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Seven Things I Wish I Knew Before Seminary The Network

Details: This is a big one, friends. It continues to be an ongoing struggle for me as I pursue my seminary education. Coming to seminary soon after my undergraduate degree, I still equated education with evaluation. Grades tell you how you are doing. Seminary is …

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What Is a Commissioned Pastor and How Do I Become One

Details: The oldest and most traditional ordination is called “Minister of the Word” and involves a standardized theological education including the Master of Divinity Degree. The other type of ordination is a local ordination, being used more and more widely in the CRCNA, called Commissioned Pastor.

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The Role of the Government as Taught by the Bible The

Details: I find these comments to fall short of the full teaching of scripture on the role of the government for several reasons. 1. God gave clear instructions to the nation of Israel and its leaders (prophets, priests and kings) to care for the poor. The Pentateuch is repetitious with such teaching. Think of the teaching/command of the year of Jubilee

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Elder Abuse Awareness: Resources The Network

Details: National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (Phone: 608-255-0539) Through advocacy and education, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) works every day to improve victim safety, increase abuser accountability, expand coordinated community response, and ultimately, put an end to abuse in later life.

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Innovative Clinical Pastoral Education Opportunity The

Details: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is one of the most effective tools to train pastors for effective pastoral care. Through a special grant, Rev Karl Van Harn, Director of CPE at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Michigan, is offering an innovative version of CPE to pastors and seminary students.

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We Need to Talk About Abortion The Network

Details: They need education, resources, and support. Here are a couple of ideas for ways that your congregation can create spaces for talking about abortion with grace and truth. For Young Adults or Adult Education: Watch the film If These Walls Could Talk and discuss as a small group. This film, produced by HBO, is rated R, so it is recommended that

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What are the requirements for becoming a Chaplain

Details: As far as official denominational endorsement as a chaplain, you would have to be ordained, then complete at least two units of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). If you want to pursue that, please contact me at 616-224-0733 or [email protected]. Ron Klimp

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A New Resource for Preaching and Teaching on Jesus

Details: A New Resource for Preaching and Teaching on Jesus' Miracles. Vern Poythress, professor of New Testament Interpretation at Westminster Seminary recently published his book The Miracles of Jesus: How the Savior's Mighty Acts Serve as Signs of Redemption. The book helps anyone who is preaching and teaching on the miracles of Jesus to situate them

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Recommended Film: Like Stars on Earth The Network

Details: The film "Like Stars on Earth" tells the story of an 8-year-old boy who suffers the abuse of classmates, teachers, and even his own parents for his inability to do what most children learn easily. Later, with the help of a temporary art teacher, the boy's life was changed.

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8 Simple Ways to Remind Kids (and Others) They Are Part of

Details: Hang the completed posters as a reminder throughout this education year that you’re all part of God’s story. Tip: Be sure to hang some of the completed posters at a child’s eye level. Cover journals. Buy notebooks at the dollar store and attach the ‘I’m Part of God’s Story’ design to the cover of each one. Encourage the children

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Effective Leadership in the Church

Details: ing retreat settings, adult education classes, council meetings, church staff meetings, and search committee meetings. Appendix 1 contains four models of how this train-ing tool might be used. The questions and comments in the margins and the case studies scattered throughout this book are designed to help readers apply the principles of this

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Teaching Children to Worship at Home The Network

Details: Lora A. Copley and Elizabeth Vander Haagen have prepared a guide that does the heavy lifting of plotting a course for family worship. Teach Us to Pray is organized into seasons based on the church calendar: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time. The readings are …

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Review: Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and

Details: For example, the authors of the chapter on psychotic disorders emphasize that pastoral leaders must engage in education about mental health so that their public voice will challenge the stigma of mental illnesses and will talk “about persons whose lives are marked by psychosis with a sense of deep respect and dignity . . . ” instead of

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