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...

Building Diaconal Partnerships

Exploring ways and reasons to do diaconal ministry with others in the community.

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Embracing Easter Guests

Are you expecting a few new folks in worship this Sunday? Consider these easy ideas for embracing Easter guests.

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Referenda

A commentator suggested that for younger Quebecers sovereignty is not the burning issue it had been for a previous generation. Could the same be said about the CRC?

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How Privileged Are You?

When we begin to examine the wide range of ways that society privileges some people over others, we can begin to combat our own prejudices and move closer toward being the agents of reconciliation our Lord calls us to be.

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The Voice of The Church in Society

What is the role of the church to excercise influence and power in society?

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IRS Form 8822-B Change of Address or Responsible Party (U.S.)

Do you know who is the IRS responsible party at your church? The IRS has new requirements for informing them of any change within 60 days. This true story will prompt you to be vigilant about informing the IRS of any changes.

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Mental Health and the Church - Recordings of Saddleback Conference

The national attention on the suicide of Rick and Kay Warren's son Matthew brought mental health issues into the spotlight for Christians. Speakers include Rick and Kay Warren, Bishop Kevin Vann, Amy Simpson, John Townsend, and many others.

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How Do You Measure Impact?

In life and in ministry, I need to be reminded that what I have related to as “initial success” is different than “impact.”

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Come AsUR, But Don’t Stay as You Are

“The ‘As You Are Initiative’ is mobilizing thousands of willing Christ-followers just like you to start, growing and multiplying ‘come as you are’ leaders to lead ‘come as you are' churches. Is the CRC ready to be part of such a movement?

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Twitter's New Design and Features

How to make the most of Twitter's new design.

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Helping Kids Develop a Faith That Sticks

Is our Sunday school structure holding us back from deeper discipleship with children?

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Covenant and Kingdom…The DNA of The Bible

This is the final blog in a five part book review series on the books by Mike Breen and the 3DM Team on missional communities. Today, Ruth Kelder shares her report on Breen’s newest book, Covenant and Kingdom and how the "assignment" to read it gave her valuable, new insights about scripture.

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Banner Article Highlights Need for Accountability

Can a pastor deposed for sexual misconduct subsequently serve as an elder in a congregation?

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Continuing Education for Ministers-U.S.

Does your minister have a "Continuing Education" line item as part of their compensation package? One church called recently and wondered how they could ensure that their minister used the funds each year for the primary purpose.

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Manager or Coach?

Managing and coaching are not the same thing... which one does your praise team need?

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Can You Say, "Yes?"

My sense is that we live in a "no" culture. We find all kinds of ways to either say "no" or to slow a process down so much that it feels like a "no."

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Following the Jesus of the Bible

Jesus could reduce the whole law to one word: love, but we fool ourselves if we think we can do the same. That one word must be fleshed out in many ways. Here are three examples from Scripture.

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Breathe New Life into Church Missions

This webinar will show how adding a FOCUS to your missions program can result in more people being part of the missions strategy and more effective ministry being accomplished.

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Communication for All Generations

I attended a large nondenominational church recently and was struck by a couple of their "general announcements" regarding WiFi and Facebook/Twitter.

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Leading Kingdom Movements: The “Everyman” Notebook on How to Change the World

This is part four of a five part book report series on Mike Breen and the 3DM team’s books on missional communities. The reports have been prepared by leaders who are on the journey of developing a discipleship ministry in their churches...

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Unless a Kernel of Wheat Falls

In a classical discussion the people arguing against a proposed classical staff position pointed out that churches already have lots of resources available to them. Now, there is one less resource for congregations to access.

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Your Feedback = Chance to Win

We’ve built our online community on the idea that sometimes the best help comes from people who are doing similar work and struggling with the same questions. As we share our experience and our resources, we help strengthen the church for ministry...

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(re) Introducing Jolanda

This week we’re glad to welcome Jolanda Howe to a new role with The Network.

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The Dangers of Enabling

This post written by Bernita Tuinenga, Co-Executive Director of Volunteers in Service (based in Grand Rapids, MI), explains and addresses enabling behavior in ministry as well as more healthy and Biblical alternatives.

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Lent and Lonely People

Of all the hardships people suffer, loneliness presses hardest. How will you care for lonely people during this season of Lent?

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