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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Doing It Differently: Empowering Deacons to Serve

Has your church found it difficult to get people to serve as Deacons and Elders? Here's how one CRC congregation changed and improved their process for selecting and equipping deacons.

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Lift Up Your Hearts: More Than Just a Songbook

The new CRC hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts is more than just a songbook. Did you know that, in addition to songs, the hymnal also includes readings, Scripture, and prayers?

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7 Reasons to Live Among, In and With Your Neighbourhood

This recorded webinar explores how and why living in, with and among your neighbours is so important.

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Prophetic Preaching

Preachers help us cross that hermeneutical bridge between the text, and what it means for us today.

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Gracious Residue

I confess--when I had to write down in my sermon log book what I had preached the day or two previous--sometimes it happened I'd find myself with my pen poised over the log book page and I could not recall the sermon...

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The Front Door Field

People get missions and evangelism mixed up. To many Christians, missions is going to another country and evangelism is knocking on doors, stopping people in the streets...

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Consider Our Response

On the evening of Wednesday, September 24, 2008, I was sexually assaulted by a professor from my Christian undergraduate university. After reporting it to the university, I sought out  my church family and other Christian friends for guidance and comfort. What I often received, though, were pointed questions and veiled accusations about my behavior and about my decisions. Already covered with the confusion and the shame that comes with sexual abuse, I resorted to calling my pastor.

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Creation Care at Meadowlands Fellowship CRC (Ancaster, ON)

In 2004, our congregation, embarked on a building program to acquire our own facilities. In addition to the usual building committee, council also appointed a Creation Stewardship Committee tasked with minimizing our impact on the creation.

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The Power of Connection

One Sunday morning, sitting in middle of row, Ryan was having a very hard time. Several times, during the sermon, he made shriek-like screams, frightening noises. He was scaring people in church. Pastor Steve wondered what to do.

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Prayer Songs

Using a short song to prepare for congregational prayer.

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Living with Cerebral Palsy, Rejection, and Welcome

Susie Angel talks about the rejection and the welcome she experienced in churches as a person with cerebral palsy. She says, "God needed me for a purpose to be the way I am, that purpose was to teach able bodied people that it was okay to be different."

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Effective Job Descriptions

Does your job description pinpoint the critical elements of successful job performance? Does the wording clearly communicate the desired outcome of the work?

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Listening to Kids

How can we make listening a key part of our time together with kids?

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A Strange Practice With a Strange Name

The name: "Censura Morum." The name and practice have a nobler origin than it would appear...

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The Cookbook Bible

Although the description said it was a "Personal Bible," it didn't feel very personal to me... Missing from this Bible were notes about the family favorites—verses and stories passed down through generations—which had warmed our hearts and fed our souls.

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Big News!

Plans are underway for a “refresh” that will energize Bible discovery, invigorate small group leaders, and enliven the evangelistic mission of sharing God’s Word with our friends!

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Finishing Well, Millenials, and Overrated - Weekly Web Links, Sept 8

Each week coaches from the Next Steps Faith Formation Initiative will be collecting some of the more interesting and thought-provoking blog posts, online articles, book reviews and other resources from around the internet during the past week and sharing them here on the Network.

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Cascadia and Christmas Trees

The region some call Cascadia reminds us that national identities are not the only factors that affect ministry in North America.

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Putting Leadership Development in a Box

A simple square can serve as a profound reminder of the foundational pattern Jesus used for developing leadership in His disciples. It is a model that is easily applied to any relationship, setting, circumstance or demographic, and is infinitely flexible and scalable.

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2 Words Needed in Every Prayer Life

There are times reading the Bible when particular words, phrases, and sentences penetrate my heart and mind in ways others don't. Recently, I spent a few weeks meditating on a prayer written by the apostle Paul...

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God Is Love

What do we mean when we say that "God is Love"?

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World Renew Partnerships

How does World Renew work with partners around the world?

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Pressure?

I don’t want to pressure him, yet at the same time I want to guide him and lead him in his faith formation. I want to help him learn to be a disciple of Jesus. It’s a fine balance for sure. I’m doing my best to walk the balance, not pushing too hard...

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In School, In Church, In Family: Expect Respect

Respect is the hallmark of healthy relationships in the home and in community. Expect respect to ensure personal safety and safe churches, homes and communities.

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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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