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Elmhurst (IL) Church Seeks Director of Care and Community

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

The Elmhurst (IL) Christian Reformed Church has begun a search for a Director of Care and Community to promote a loving, supportive, environment within an organized ministry structure whereby physical, emotional and spiritual care can be easily accessed and disbursed within the congregation. The Director of Care and Community will also lead the team that welcomes and connect every member, guest, and regular attender to the church. This team will champion the causes of getting people connected to the church and making this a congregation within...

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Orland Park, IL Church Seeks Senior Director of Worship & Arts

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

The Calvary Reformed Church, located in Orland Park, IL, has begun a nationwide search for a Senior Director of Worship & Arts.  This gifted artist will provide leadership for the worship and arts ministries of the congregation.  This leadership will flow from: a personal commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, a maturing faith, a steadfast and humble character, a reliance on the authority of Scripture and prayer, and a call to equip the saints.   The ideal candidate for this position will be a quality vocalist and skilled...

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Congregations Explore “One Church Multiple Locations”

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Strategy and Values | 3 comments

An historic meeting took place on Monday, May 19, 2014 in Morrison. Fourteen individuals, representing three congregations (First Christian Reformed Church of Fulton (IL), Bethel Christian Reformed Church of Fulton, and the Morrison (IL) Christian Reformed Church), came together, with the authorization of their Councils, to discuss a future of shared ministry. The conversation was led by Sam Hamstra, founder of ChapterNext. The two hour meeting characterized by hope and joy as the participants embraced the promise that God is able to do far...

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Applying for a Worship Leader Position?

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Best Practices | 0 comments

A church which announces a full-time position which includes responsibilities as a worship leader will receive well over fifty inquiries. If you are one of that number, you want to make it easy for Search Teams, Human Resource folk, Pastoral Staff members, and others who review your submission to catch a glimpse of your person and your gifts. (I will refer to this group of folk who review submissions as “we.”) You can accomplish that goal by providing a simple one to two page resume (Please don’t include GPA), a list of references, and...

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St. John (IN) Church Seeks Senior Pastor

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

Pathway Church of St. John, Indiana has begun its search for its next Senior Pastor. Organized in 2010, this young and energetic Christian Reformed church of about 140 members is poised and ready to relaunch its efforts to reach her community and, in the process, help as many people as possible take their next steps with Jesus Christ. This vision will implemented by a people which values prayer, service, worship, family, spiritual growth, and community. The next Senior Pastor will have the privilege of helping Pathway Church write a new...

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Arlington, VA Church Seeks Worship Leader

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Featured Positions | 0 comments

The Grace Community Church, located just outside of Washington, D.C. in Arlington, VA, has begun a nation-wide search for a Worship Leader. As the first meaningful touch point for the gathered community, the Worship Leader plays an essential role in the ministry of a church whose vision is to be a church for people who don’t go to church. Each week this gifted artist will be responsible for creating an inspiring portrait through words (both spoken and sung) which welcomes and invites those gathered to focus their hearts and voices on...

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A Servant’s Prayer

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Strategy and Values | 0 comments

Heavenly Father, creator of the universe, source of perfect love, to You belong all glory and praise. To you belong all things. In your bounteous love you have provided for us. You provide for our needs before we know that we have needs. You love us in our inadequacy. You offer us salvation in our unworthiness. You guide us in our blindness. You care for us when we are abandoned by all others. Too often I have failed you. I have held back in fear. I have ignored your call. I have run from my obligation to you, the Father. And yet, you...

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Pastors and congregations: Marriages made in heaven?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Best Practices | 0 comments

The marriage between pastor and congregation can become a beautiful celebration of harmony, like a finely tuned orchestra. The pastor and the church’s leadership are on the same proverbial page, the worship service is exquisite and the various programs run like a clock. The congregation is growing spiritually and numerically, and the community is envious of that body of believers. Okay, that’s utopian. At minimum, it’s rare. More often than not, churches are content with the status quo, preaching is good, the church leadership gets along...

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ChapterNext Now International

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in News & Updates | 0 comments

ChapterNext is now an international church consultancy through the addition of Keith Knight, the newest member of the ChapterNext Team. Keith, who lives in Guelph, Ontario, has held a life-long passion for the church and a more recent passion to “connect the right pastor to the right church.” He serves as the executive director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation, a national association of Christian business leaders who long to connect their faith with their vocation. He has served for six years as the stated clerk...

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A Relational or Attractional Approach to Reaching Out?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Strategy and Values | 2 comments

As congregations determine how best to seek and save the lost, they often choose one of two models or a hybrid of both.  These types of approaches may be labeled “attractional” and “relational.” The attractional model hopes to attract people to Christ through programs, such as a Sunday morning service. Once in the doors of the church, the church invites its guests to take additional steps in their journeys. The relational model hopes that its members will attract people to Christ through genuine relationships with unchurched...

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