Posts by Sam Hamstra

What is the mission of your church?

It was hard to admit but after several weeks of conversations with congregants, Grace Church was forced to acknowledge that their mission as a church was maintenance. They discovered that their entire purpose boiled down to keeping the church running and paying the bills.  Now there are people who get excited about maintenance, auto mechanics…

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Worship Leader Opportunity

Parkview Community Church (Glen Ellyn, IL), a nondenominational church serving the western suburbs of Chicago, is seeking its next Worship Leader. Each week this gifted artist will be responsible for creating and delivering an inspiring gathering through words (both spoken and sung) which encourages 750-800 adults who gather weekly to join their hearts and voices…

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What is the Mission of God?

What is the mission of God? Much has been written in recent years in response to this question, especially among those in the “missional movement.” From this impressive pile of literature we find agreement on, at least, this much: The mission of God is to create a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen people…

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A Pastor Who Affirms But Doesn’t Agree With Every Jot or Tittle

What is of more value to the local congregation? A pastor who wholeheartedly and unreservedly believes in, agrees with, and subscribes to the doctrines of a particular church and its denomination? Or a pastor who promises to affirm wholeheartedly and not publicly contradict the doctrines of a particular church and its denomination? Granted, a congregation…

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Worship Leader Opportunity in Central Valley of CA

First Christian Reformed Church (Hanford, CA) The First Christian Reformed Church (Hanford, CA) has begun a search for a full-time Worship Leader who will have the privilege of developing and leading the worship ministry of the congregation, both on and off the platform. The ideal candidate for the Worship Leader is a maturing and competent…

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Question #12

The time has come to search for a new pastor and you wonder how to go about such an awesome responsibility. You hope and pray for a candidate who embodies the 5 Cs: Character, Competency, Chemistry (fit with your congregation), Culture (fit with your community), and Credentials. But how do you find such a person?…

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Lead Pastor Opportunity With Coopersville (MI) Reformed Church

The Coopersville (MI) Reformed Church (CRC) anticipates the arrival of a Lead Pastor to lead the congregation into a new chapter of ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. First and foremost, the Lead Pastor shall be a gifted communicator and leader characterized by a deep and growing love for the Lord and His church.…

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Question #9

Growing up in Chicago, I have frequented countless hot-dog joints and ordered many a double dog with everything but onions. (Note that for Chicagoans everything does NOT include ketchup.) I have also visited many McDonald’s, including the original in Des Plaines, where I enjoyed a “Big Mac” and fries. I find it interesting that McDonald’s…

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