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...

Listening Prayer Webinar

In this webinar you will learn how to recognize the voice of God and what comprises "listening prayer" while we explore some of the many ways God speaks in scripture and still speaks today.
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Dear Parents: Thank You for Bringing Your Children to Worship

Parenting is hard work and I know that some Sundays you’re just longing to sit in silence. And I suspect that there have been times when you’ve felt like your wee ones weren’t always welcome in worship. Please persist.
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The Power of Space To Speak

Space may exhilarate and space may dishearten. How does your gathering space speak to those who enter into it?
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Christmas Plays, Pageants and Prayers

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and, if you’re feeling pressure to put on a pageant but haven’t yet nailed down the details, here are some ideas.
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Breaking the Silence: A Question of Culture

Our denomination and each of our congregations also have a culture. Is it a culture that promotes openness, or one that encourages hiding difficult struggles? What messages are implicit in our culture about disclosing experiences of abuse?
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When I Feel Beaten Down and Tired

If you read Psalm 13 you'll find 2/3 of the poem is focused on the struggle. Giving voice to the pain. Expressing the frustration and worry. Only 1/3 – at the end – is about hope. Which is the way so much of life can be.
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Is The Current Changing?

Perhaps we need to consider that the "current" in which we are doing youth ministry is changing. As the denomination engages a new model for direction and vision our ministry will inevitably change.
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Ministry to the Addicted

As an elder, you cannot be expected to be an expert in this complex area of drug use. But chances are considerable that there are some addicted people in your district.
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Enduring Songs - What Connects Them?

I’ve been thinking lately about what makes a hymn or worship song last. What makes it enduring and grab people’s hearts and minds over time and even generations?
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Name Three Things

Some recent conversations got me thinking about some things that God does in and through the Village that are really, really good. I reflected on this because it is easy for me to see darkness rather than light...
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Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

As leaders in the church we can often feel under-thanked. How might we instead develop an 'attitude of gratitude' as we serve those we've been called to lead?
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"Why Don't They Just Snap Out of It?"

This webinar will give resources to walk alongside those who experience mental illnesses in a way that is supportive.
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Humiliation in Bethlehem

As you visualize in your mind the scene in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth, what picture comes immediately to mind?
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Drift

Sometimes in ministry we set a course for a destinatation but drift further away despite our best efforts.
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If Only People Would Like Me

It's the same for all ages: we want to be liked. We are not proud of trying to look good. Still, the approval of people around us has its lure.
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The Moral Fog of War

Moral injury can be as disabling as physical injury. Guest blogger Syl Gerritsma reflects on the moral injuries that many military personnel must live with for the rest of their lives.
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Even to Your Old Age...

Is our church body doing enough to advocate for our elderly, when they no longer have their voice and have become the “least among us”?
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Judgemental

Christians are perceived as being prideful and critical towards others. How did we acquire this image of a judgmental character?
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A Case for Hospitality

The Apostle Paul was all in favor of hospitality. But his reasons for urging believers to be hospitable were visionary. He uses Romans 12 to tell people how to express it in their daily lives.
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The Power of a Testimony

Hearing what God is has done in someone’s life can be so uplifting and encouraging both for those giving the testimony and for those that are hearing it.
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Training Videos for Children and Youth Ministry Leaders

I hope that many children and youth ministry leaders will use these videos for training their teachers and leaders. What has your church done to train your children and youth leaders to engage kids with disabilities in church ministries?
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Family Identity: Transforming the Dream

We were so very close to what we had identified as the perfect family. But God had other plans. Paul was born with congenital heart defects and Down syndrome, and that wasn’t what we had in mind.
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Being Intentional with Youth

So you would like for your tween or teen to be a Christian? What are you doing in your church or at your home that will support your child? If you have high expectations, then you need to give high support.
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Teaching Children about Inclusion

Inclusion is the idea that all people, of all abilities are to be active integrated members of their community. How do you teach your children to be inclusive?
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Listening to Marginalized Voices Challenge

In life and in death, Jesus hung out with those on the margins of society. In fact, in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, he says that He Himself is at the margins. As His hands and feet, are we listening to people at the margins?
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