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.

The Network website is all about connecting for ministry. Visit crcna.org/network or choose from one of the recent posts below...

A Caregiver's Record Keeping

For you to do your work as a care-giver you need a record-keeping system. In case you don't have one yet, here are some hints.

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Connection?

A fellow pastor mused about leaving the Christian Reformed Church as a classis. As I reflected on this, I came to see that my connection to Classis was different from my relationship with other ecclesiastical bodies.

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Getting-to-Know-You Games

I always like to spend a few minutes playing a getting-to-know-you game on the first day of Sunday school. Here are two of my favorites.

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Putting Music in Its Place

Was Paul an Effective Church Leader?

There is no question whether the apostle Paul had the gifts to be a powerful and effective evangelist, but the skills of an evangelist are different from those of a church leader.

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Capitalizing on Chaplaincy

Chaplains intersect with individuals and families at the most critical times when life is most challenging. How can the broader church focus more attention on this important area of ministry?

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If Only I Had Told Someone...

Becoming a proactive community that prevents abuse is part of being disciples of Christ!

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How Church Councils are Formed

It would be interesting to see how our churches across the continent select the elders and deacons of their council. Whereas in a by-gone age the procedure was fairly uniform, there is now considerable variety.

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Got Anything for Elder's Training?

Look here for helpful support for Elders!

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What is our Primary Role as Teachers?

The answer seems obvious: to teach the Bible story or lesson we've been assigned. But I wonder if it's more nuanced than that.

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What is our Primary Role as Teachers?

The answer seems obvious: to teach the Bible story or lesson we've been assigned. But I wonder if it's more nuanced than that.

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Disabilty Issues in the Headlines

Three brief and helpful articles caught my eye: on police encounters with young black men with autism and with men with mental illness, and on U.S. Social Security Disability benefits.

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Back to School With a Blessing

Students in your congregation may have recently returned to school or starting soon. Some will be anxious, some will be eager. All could use your support, encouragement and blessing.

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Weekly Web Links - Week of 8/25

Some of the most thought-provoking faith formation and discipleship blog posts, online articles, book reviews and other resources from around the internet this week.

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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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