An angel message brings clarity about church work.
As part of creating their new By-Laws, Third Church, Grand Rapids developed a mission statement. Watch and listen as one member shares the inspiration behind their mission statement and how having a mission statement has helped their church activities. more
When Third Church, Grand Rapids set out to create their by-laws, they wanted to capture a sense of love and inclusion— rather than a list of "do nots." In this video, members share the inspiration behind this process.
Love for one another, love for Christian Science, and love for the community impels Third Church, Grand Rapids. Watch and listen as members reflect on their church experience. more
Responses by Ned Odegaard and Pamela Cook. There may be some practical steps available here, such as taking a fresh look at the job definition of these roles and stripping away excess steps that may have accumulated over the years. . .my instinct is that this question isn’t really one of equity in compensation, but of commitment to Christian Science.
Week 72: "I know of several branch churches that are having a hard time staying afloat. Mine in particular is considering cutting back on key activities, for example, not holding a lecture this year or reducing Reading Room hours. I know we need to be practical, but this seems like a step in the wrong direction to me. We should be making this demonstration of supply! Maybe this isn’t really a question, but I’m just looking for ideas."
Responses from Evan Mehlenbacher and Stephanie Johnson. When a branch church is faced with a declining membership and dwindling resources some deep soul-searching about what priorities are important to pursue, what unproductive activities should be stopped, and where attention should be focused to demonstrate growth can be very healthy. But above it all, it’s useful to remember that God provides freely and abundantly every resource needed for that branch to prosper.
Last February, the metaphysical committee of First Church, Cleveland, began planning an inspirational meeting for our members to explore the significance of our Leader's provision in the Church Manual that each branch church shall be “distinctly democratic” (p. 74).
Week 71: "We have a regular attendee, who has never expressed an interest in joining church, but is always complaining about church activities (criticizing the readers, choice of solo, etc.). After devoting so much time and efforts to church, it’s so frustrating to hear the complaints--particularly from someone who hasn’t been willing to participate. How can we handle this?"
Responses by Michelle Nanouche and Michael Fish. There is only one way to handle this kind of situation that is effective every single time - prayer.
Responses by Miles Harbur and Susan Mack. From my study of The Manual, I have concluded that Mrs. Eddy’s hope was that each branch church would be keenly alert to the needs of its particular community, and that its bylaws would be designed to meet the needs of the members and the ways in which those members most naturally can communicate and support the democratic processes of their branch church.
Responses by Josh Niles and Sabrina Stillwell. When we are lifting up Christ in our thought, folks really are drawn to that, and when a church is lifting up Christ-healing in their service, that is really what we are drawn to in church isn't it?