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The invitation to a nonviolent life

a guest post by Bill Lewis

white-dove-spirit-of-peace-1244811-1920x1920Thomas Kelly writes: “Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It is amazing. It is triumphant. It is radiant. It takes no time, but it occupies all our time. And it makes our life programs new and overcoming. We need not get frantic. He is at the helm. And when our little day is done we lie down quietly in peace, for all is well.”

What an invitation – to live into simplicity, serenity and peace. Yet we …

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3 Quick Tips for New Committee Chairs

It’s January, and new committee members are starting their roles at churches across the United States.  They’ll look to the committee chair to guide their work.  But — help!!  What if you’re the committee chair?  Here are some quick tips from experienced volunteer organizer Pamela Deck:

1. Get to know your volunteers and build personal relationships with them. They will all bring unique gifts to your committee. (I Cor 12: 18-20)

  • Chat with each person individually and listen to their story
  • Encourage them to take a Spiritual Gifts and Behavior/Learning Style Inventory
  • Connect their gifts and style with the ministry vision and tasks


2. Be a …

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