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Power needs to be accountable

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It was a year ago this week that I first arrived in Nobleford. I did not start work until a few weeks later, but time sure has flown by. Much has begun to be done, by God’s grace, and much remains to be done. We are on an interesting journey.

I continue to trust the process we are following, and am convinced that God is at work in and through it.

This week my thoughts turned to how some people regularly refuse to take leadership positions yet do their best to wield power anyway, often with a poor effect. Here is the post: http://wp.me/P3etrg-dz

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Evaluativeness and Anxiety

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Many good things came up at the last Transition Team meeting, but one question asked stood out for me. I had explained how the Elders choose to share a sermon evaluation tool with the entire congregation, partly to prevent what we have been calling an “evaluative” attitude in the congregation. The legitimate question was asked “Why give out an evaluation tool when you are trying to limit evaluativeness. The post this week explains that and relates it to anxiety: http://wp.me/P3etrg-db

A browsing recommendation

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Today, instead of generating a post of my own thoughts, it seems fitting to introduce you to a site that is rich with Christian Reformed ideas and experiences and questions and thoughts. As the weather stays cold, and many of you have some time yet, it can be very worthwhile to browse this site to see what you can learn from others in the Christian Reformed Church. There are places for Elders to share and learn, as there is for Deacons, Sunday School teachers, worship leaders and almost any other category you can come up with.

The site is the CRC Network: http://network.crcna.org/

Take some time to take  a look around it, and maybe type in a search term and see if it has been talked about before.

Here’s a posting there that has relevance to some recent discussions on council:

http://network.crcna.org/content/elders/why-every-elder-needs-deacon

here is another:

http://network.crcna.org/content/elders/so-how-good-are-sermons-crc

And if you came to this blog today for something provocative to think about, take a look at this one:

http://network.crcna.org/content/small-groups/jeff-vanderstelt-talks-about-soma-community

Yes, I admit that I am partly doing this because I believe that Nobleford CRC is a bit isolated and insulated from what is happening in the bigger CRC world, and I am interested in reconnecting you with that.

That is it for now, but I am planning a post with some other interesting links in it for this week as well.