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...

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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A Kick-Off Art Project

Here's an idea for kicking off the year with a creative project that brings kids together.

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If Only . . .

Two short words, but behind them a world of regret.

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5 Reasons for Youth Ministry

Mark Matlock recently posted on the Youth Specialties website the "5 reasons why the church NEEDS youth ministry". The video in the posting captures a bit of his passion for this, but for those of you who do not have time to watch the video, below are his reasons why the church needs youth ministries.

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What's Your Content Type?

It’s been great to see all the new blogs, articles and resources getting added on the Network each day. Some of you may be holding back because you’ve got questions like:
"How can I tell if what I wrote is a Discussion Topic or a Blog?"

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Ratifying this international treaty will not right all the wrongs committed against people with disabling conditions, but it puts a line in the sand that squares with the message of Jesus.

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Youth Ministry Conference in Grand Rapids

“Doing Ministry with Youth on the Margins,” a training on August 8, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Prince Conference Center in Grand Rapids, will explore ministry with students living with autism; hearing, visual, and mobility impairments; mental health challenges; and other disabilities.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Church Twitter Account

While some churches are rocking Twitter, others aren’t giving the best impression of who they are. If you’re committed to being on the blue bird network, here are some areas for you to consider.

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Table for One

So, I’m in the Chicagoland area to do my DMin stuff and I find out that there’s an Indian restaurant near by. I’d never been to one so I thought I’d go check it out. I looked over the map, went to the car and started driving. That’s about when I realized I had forgotten the map. So, as usual, I got lost. As I was driving around, I found a nice (and later found out very expensive) Mexican restaurant.  Being from southern California, I love Mexican food. And I also hadn’t had it for a while. So I figured I’d go and enjoy a nice meal. All. By. My....read more

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What's Happened to the Doxology?

Is your church still singing a doxology? Should you be?

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Internet Culture

What guidance do children and youth need from parents and the church in navigating the internet?

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Missionary Safety in a Troubled World

Where is the line between trusting God even in uncertainty and recognizing when a situation is too dangerous to stay in?

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Book Review: Latinos: The Next Wave

What this wonderful little book does is introduce Anglos to the history and the life and the personality of the whole catalog of ethnics we sometimes impolitely gang together under titles like Latina/os and Hispanics.

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The Sunday School Offering

Creative ideas from churches that are trying new things with this age old tradition.

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Only Something Nice?

Preaching should mostly be about saying something nice, but not at the cost of saying nothing at all in case the soundness of the faith is threatened.

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Creating Small Groups for Bible Engagement

Bible engagement is critical for spiritual growth. What kind of small group enviornment encourages Bible engagement? What kind of leader can help cultivate such a group?

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View from a Distance

Often we spend time reviewing what we have done and making plans for what we need to do in the coming season. It is a time of getting feedback, trying to figure out how we can do things better and what changes could or need be done.

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The Luths in Haiti

This summer we'll be hearing from a few missionaries on home service about their call to missions, what life is like as field staff, and their ministries around the globe.

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When Should You Opt Out?

Beyond Sunday morning, leaders are asked to do a lot of one-off events and tasks. How much is too much?

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Youth

The ideal is that our young people will feel that they are known, loved and deeply cared for. Allow me ask a few questions about the young people of your congregation...

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You Have to Start Somewhere

At the weekend, the chairman led a team of volunteers and journalists to rescue the boy who had been tied and chained to his bed and locked up for 10 years. The rescue operation shocked neighbors, many of whom appeared not to have known that there was such a child in the home.

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Passing Faith to the Next Generation

Christian parents everywhere want their children to follow Jesus. We often wish that there was a silver bullet of some sort or a simple set of procedures for parents to follow to ensure that our children have faith.

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Using a Journey Wall for Classis Renewal

A journey wall is a congregation wide experience in which a congregation posts their memories of positive and challenging experiences with the church, puts their story into chapters and then looks for repeated patterns across the life of the church.

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A Church for People of All Abilities

In the May/June 2014 issue of the UMC's mission magazine the articles include embracing deaf ministry, ministering with a disability, and the value of doing an accessibility audit.

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Why Your Church Needs a Good Website

The technological side of designing and building a website can be intimidating. But choosing to ignore the web isn’t a smart option. Here are a few reasons why.

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