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 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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Living the Kingdom

If we see God’s justice as inseparable from his kingdom, then we may be a little more inclined toward living mission instead of just doing mission. Mission is in our backyard.
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Got Anything for Deacon's Training?

If you’re new to the role of deacon, or gathering helpful tools for those who are joining the council, you’ll find plenty of helpful resources on The Network.
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Abuse Awareness: It’s Up to You

One Sunday each year (the fourth Sunday in September) has been designated Abuse Awareness Sunday. The annual email goes out, “Tell us what you did for Abuse Awareness Sunday”. Here are some responses from 2014.
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In Time of Worry and Sorrow

Paul, the apostle wrote: “Weep with those who weep.” We may assume that he did what he wrote. Look at that short sentence again. It's more than advice. Paul extends a challenge to us.
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Shattered Lifestyles

By now it is universally accepted that people – especially young adults are leaving the church in masses. One reason, it seems, is because Christians are perceived out of touch with reality...
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What for (Again)?

The persistence of questions about the purpose of classis suggests that we are still not sure what the role of classis is.
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Ride for Refuge Sea to Sea Experience

193 riders making up 40 teams joined together for an autumn day of cycling in a collective effort for poverty alleviation. Sarah Williams, one of the riders, reflected on her experience riding with Sea to Sea...
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What Do Old Ministers Talk About?

I will have the privilege of talking with my younger colleagues. I will remind myself that these are not easy times for our ministers, that they are struggling with plenty of problems of which we didn’t know much in “my day”.
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Committing to Church Communications

Communications issues often evolve into conversations about the vision of the church or what programs are working. Here are a few ideas for how you can strengthen the communications work you’re doing.
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An "Ordinary" Pastor

I once read that we are changed by the people we meet and the books we read. I am a person changed by Pastor Case Admiraal.
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Your Members Have Gifts!

All believers have one gift in common: grace! It is the source of the other seven Christian gifts.
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Who Chooses the Prevention?

In July, a news story hit the web about four male students who developed a fingernail polish that indicates the presence of date rape drugs by changing color after being dipped in the drink. While many applauded this invention, some saw negative implications.
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Making Room for the New Kid

It happens all the time in our ministries—new babies are born, family dynamics change, a time of adjustment occurs, until finally a new normal is established.
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Using the Gifts God Gave Them

Anima: The Forum for Worship and the Arts is a project concerned with including our youth and young adults in worship leadership. Training videos available on thier website could be used as discussion fodder at worship committee meetings or planning groups.
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Using the Gifts God Gave Them

Anima: The Forum for Worship and the Arts is a project concerned with including our youth and young adults in worship leadership. Training videos available on their website could be used as discussion fodder at worship committee meetings or planning groups.
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How We See the Church

The church is not a group of people who decide to band together. It has a divine origin and important purpose.

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How We See the Church

The church is not a group of people who decide to band together. It has a divine origin and important purpose.
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Pursuing Peace Through Social Media

The Bible calls us to respect our neighbor and extend hospitality to him or her. Rather than using social media to increase anti-Muslim sentiment and fear, why not use it to promote peace?
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Non-Anxious in High-Anxiety Times

I believe that many of our churches can still turn the tide on the youth and young adult exodus--even though these feel like anxious times.
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Praying at Midnight

“Why am I going to bed at 10:30 p.m. only to get up at 11:45 p.m. for a two-hour time of prayer?” These were my thoughts as I joined six of my friends in getting into our sleeping bags on a hard church basement floor.
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Classis and the Smaller Church

Not long ago a smaller church in our classis closed. I thought it represented a failure of imagination.
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"Every Square Inch" in the Workplace

This webinar will explore ways in which the church and its leaders can equip and encourage members to see God in their workplace and to live out their faith as Kingdom workers there.
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Is Your Church Breaking Copyright Law?

When you’re in church singing from the shiny new Lift Up Your Hearts (LUYH) hymnal you’re holding in your hands, it’s all good. All the copyrights and permissions you need are included. Singing from the screen? Maybe not so good.
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Walk the Way: Igniting Conversations That Turn Belief Into Action

Check out Walk the Way videos for quick but substantive materials for youth ministry or small group discussions.
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