Marc Nelesen

Marc Nelesen is pastor of Third Christian Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan. You may reach him at

Articles by this author:

  • Setting the Table

    Helping Your Congregation Prepare for Communion

    How should pastors prepare themselves and the churches they serve to participate in communion?

  • Pastoral Undertaking: A Case for Prearranging Funerals

    Earlier this year, an elderly member of our congregation died. She had been prepared for many years and had spoken frequently about her readiness for death. Her legal and medical documents were in perfect order. Her funeral was prepaid and prearranged with the local funeral director; she had chosen her casket, flowers, and, presumably, everything else related to the “final disposition” of her body. Her preparedness was well known to her family, her pastors, and her friends.

  • Using Screens in Worship: One church's criteria

    Five years ago, our church decided to use a projection machine and screen in worship. We discovered that the appearance of projection-screen technology was forcing us to provide some answers to questions we had not even begun to ask. For example,

  • Wash First, Ask Questions Later: Where do Parental Vows Fit in Baptism

    Some readers may wonder whether the practice of baptism as described in this article opens a can of worms. Given the movement of understanding and appreciation of my own faith community, though, it's a can well worth opening. For the first time, many in our congregation are starting to "get" baptism. What is going on? Who is most important?