Across the CRC, there are people like you doing ministry. Deacons, Sunday school teachers, musicians, office staff, webmasters, missions team members, GEMS leaders, elders, librarians, and so much more. They are in San Diego, Prince Edward Island, and everywhere in between. Wouldn't it be cool to connect? Compare notes. Tell stories. Learn from each other.

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How the Church Brings Life and Water in Common Ways

I was away from my church for two weeks. It’s called vacation. I am fortunate to have enjoyed some of God’s beautiful creation. I spent some good time with my family. What I realized I missed, however, was my church...

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Volunteer Recruitment and Care

No one wants to be a volunteer drop out. One tool I use to make sure volunteers feel successful in their roles is a chart of the volunteer lifecycle specifically with youth ministry in mind.

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"What if ..."

It has not happened yet. But my mind pictures it, the bad thing that may happen. I experience some of it as if it is already happening.

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Listening to the Rocks

I am intrigued by the repetitive act in the Old Testament where God’s people would erect stone monuments. They served as a visual way of reminding themselves (and sometimes future generations) about God’s acts of faithfulness.

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“Doing Ministry with Youth on the Margins” Conference Wrap-Up

Over 100 ministry leaders from across North America gathered in Grand Rapids, MI, for an afternoon of discussion and learning about doing ministry with students living with autism; hearing, visual, and mobility impairments; mental health challenges; and other disabilities.

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Right Here and to the Ends of the Earth

When we talk about Global Missions, obviously we are focusing on the work of the CRC around the world. However, many elements of global missions take place right here.

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Talking about Robin Williams and Suicide

After Robin Williams died, a flurry of media reports began talking about suicide. Some helpful. Many not so helpful. Here are several helpful ones.

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Wackier than Wacky

What does a non-Bible reader think of the Old Testament?

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More Smiling Faces

Now when you visit a section, you'll see photos of the five people who most recently added a comment or a new post.

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Reflections on an Event

We welcomed people as they arrived, while being hopeful that people would take time on a summer evening to come to an inspiring program. The featured speaker was nationally known Christian author, speaker, and licensed family and marriage counselor...

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Finding Intergenerational Community in the Church Book Club

For the last thirteen years, I have had the privilege of participating in a book club with women from my church. While our membership has fluctuated over time, the sense of community that we share has not...

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What's the Question?

“How do we encourage people to serve as elders and deacons?” This is one of the more frequent responses to the church article 41 questions on the credentials for classis. That makes me wonder whether we are asking the right question.

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Are You Funneling?

How many people know your church exists? What does it take to see a good number at your first worship service as a church planter?

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Safe Church: What's New

Website changes, your chance to vote, and events happening this fall.

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"Kapoeta" by Peter Kuperis

A poem written in November of 1990 by Peter Kuperis who was working in Kapoeta, a major town in southern Sudan that came under the control of the SPLA, or Sudanese People’s Liberation Army.

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What About Justice?

What are, should or could deacons be doing about injustice? What resources are available to help deacons carry out this aspect of their Charge?

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All of Life is Worship - Really?

Perhaps you have heard this all-too familiar mantra: Life is worship! I wonder, however, if we can hit the pause button to reflect on the premise that worship includes everything we do.

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Relational Evangelism Tools

“I will be visiting a close relative in the next couple of weeks. My relative is not a Christian. I would love to give them a pamphlet or small book which explains the gospel. What would you suggest?”

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Check, Check, Checkmate!

I hated hearing those words as a boy trying to learn the game of chess, because I knew the game was over and I had lost again. As I observe our culture and the world we live in I sometimes get some of those same feelings—the game's over!

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Summer Fun

To be a balanced person is to deal with problems and tasks, but also to safeguard happy thoughts, cherish good moments, and have fun.

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How Labels Limit Us

As I celebrate my 81st birthday, having lived 45 of those years as a blind woman, I am struck by the degree that limiting labels and perceptions have impacted my life.

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Summer Break Reminders

This is the last week of our summer break. Accordingly, I want to reflect a bit on our experience. As I take a moment to think about it, I’ve been reminded of at least three things over the last month.

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Ride for Refuge Sea to Sea Bike Ride

Join us October 4, 2014 in the Grand Rapids Ride for Refuge bicycle ride!

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Gospel Culture or Salvation Culture

Is your church preaching the gospel or is it only preaching salvation?

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Is it Abuse?

In the last year or so, I have observed a disturbing trend: the introduction and acceptance of a mindset into our culture.

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