Archive for October 2013

Pastors Called & Installed: Serving the Local Church

This past summer ChapterNext had the privilege of playing a role in the installation of three pastors, each serving a congregation within the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Out in the Central Valley of California, Justin Carruthers (pictured to the left) was ordained and installed as the Co-Pastor of the First Christian Reformed Church…

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Crown Point Church Seeks Associate Pastor

The First Christian Reformed Church of Crown Point (IN) has begun a search for an Associate Pastor who enjoys building relationships and fostering congregational life. As a member of the Pastoral Team, which includes Senior Pastor Joel Sheeres and Youth/Mission Pastor Jamie Bogaard, the Associate Pastor will have opportunities to share in every aspect of …

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The Ideal Associate Pastor or "2nd Chair"?

What qualities does the ideal Associate Pastor or “2nd Chair” possess? In search of an answer, I have posed that question to several Senior or “First” Chair Pastors. Without hesitation, Senior Pastors declare that loyalty is the most sought after quality. When asked to elaborate, Senior Pastors affirm that they need to know that the…

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The Ultimate Event Planner: The Holy Spirit

Recently, I had the privilege of participating in the 46th Assembly of the American Baptist Churches (ABC) of the Great Rivers Region. A few hundred folk gathered at the Holiday Inn in Mount Vernon, IL for a spirit-filled time of fellowship, discipleship, and worship. When all was said and done, we were refreshed and renewed…

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ChapterNext Launches "Congregational Wellness Survey"

ChapterNext has developed a “Congregational Wellness Survey” to measure a congregation’s perception of its health. By measuring the vital systems of a congregation – including but not limited to worship, nurture, and  witness –  this tool allows the people in the pews to share their thoughts about the effectiveness of their congregation’s ministry. ChapterNext founder…

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