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...

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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What is Reformed Worship?

We may answer that question in two ways. A prescriptive answer offers essential connections between Reformed theology and Reformed worship. A descriptive answer assumes that Reformed worship is worship by Reformed people.

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What is Reformed Worship?

We may answer that question in two ways. A prescriptive answer offers essential connections between Reformed theology and Reformed worship. A descriptive answer assumes that Reformed worship is worship by Reformed people.

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“We Want A King Over Us”

It’s easy for us to scoff at the Israelites when they pleaded with Samuel for a king and wonder how they couldn’t see how faithful God had been to them. But the Israelites weren’t the only ones who thought they needed a king.

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Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

Are there warning signs in a relationship?

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Plan for Safety at VBS!

Recommended steps for child safety this summer.

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How Prepared Are We For Change?

When we make changes in ministry, is it proactive and calculated or is it reactive?

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Oneness: Its Importance & How It's Shown

The question has been raised by many in the church as to why there needs to be genuine unity and connectedness among believers.

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Spiralling to Strength in Lay Leadership

Is there a way to ensure that when elders, deacons and ministry leaders step up to the plate they feel ready and able...and not just willing? What if like the 3 R's in education, it was a spiralling process of exposure, reinforcement and mastery?

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4 Ways to Worship God With Songs Every Day

Use music and song lyrics every day to praise the Lord.

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Honesty and Short-Term Missions

Learning to do short-term missions in a new way

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Planning a Youth Catechism Retreat

Here's a pattern that has proven helpful for hosting a youth retreat focused on the Heidelberg Catechism

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Activating the Inactive

Inactive members deprive themselves of spiritual blessings, the more since their contact with the congregation will likely be minimal. And churches need their service. What can churches do about this sad reality?

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A Mothers' Wish List

Here's a “wish list”, created by mothers of what they would find helpful for local churches to offer families who have children with special needs.

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Summer Send Off for World Missions & World Renew Volunteers

Each summer World Renew and World Missions holds a training to prepare those who are heading off to volunteer with field staff around the world.

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Supplement Your Sunday School Curriculum: Help Keep Children Safe!

The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.

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