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...

Lessons from the Junk Yard

While rebuilding this pickup I had the opportunity to visit junk yards. Not only did I eventually find all the parts, I made some valuable observations along the way...

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Story Hour and Little Lambs

This webinar recording will give you a bird's eye view of ministry to preschoolers.

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Church Bullies

How should a congregation respond to bullies?

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Celebrating the Ordinary (and Five Years of Church Planting)

I wish there was a great story of the hundreds of thousands of dollars given to us to start this new ministry adventure. There was a promise of $5000 and a pat on the back: "Good luck."

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Of Oil, Donkeys, and Bread

How many pastors wouldn't love this kind of confirmation of their calling?

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Be in Relationship

The most basic foundation for building a relationship with teens and young adults is your love for each one as a special child of God.

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Go and Tell Webinar

This one-hour learning event, based on the Heidelberg Catechism, is an easy and practical way for you to be equipped to be active in sharing your faith..

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Is the CRC Losing Young Adults or Is It Not?

I raise this question because on the one hand I read in places like the Banner that this is true. But I also read in places like Calvin's Institute of Worship that convergence worship is worship of choice of young adults. How can both of these be true?

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Grace Valley CRC and Conserving Energy in Las Vegas

I am not an environmentalist. I believe there are many worse things in this world happening that are a bigger priority than being energy efficient. But I can’t help being practical and smart either. My Reformed Dutch upbringing screams at inefficiency and waste.

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Nearly 1 in 3 People With Disabilities Live in Poverty

A few years ago I expressed a lament on someone’s blog that the unemployment rate among people with disabilities is much higher than the unemployment rate of the general population. The blogger replied something like, “Well, duh, they have disabilities. Would you expect a man without arms to stock groceries?”Clearly this blogger, and many others, miss the point. As I heard a wheelchair user say, “I’m not a disabled person, I’m a person with a disability.” The point: disability is one aspect of the person, not the sum total of the person. When...read more

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Fanning the Flame, Praying Together for God's Mission

Something unusual is happening on November 7 & 8. Two prayer summits will take place on the same days with the same theme but in different parts of the US.

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Love in a Time of Terrorism

As Christians we want to stand firmly in our own faith, while we learn about others. That is part of being a good neighbor.

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He Left Without an Address

What happens to our many young members-at-large?

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Sign On to Safe Church

Abuse concerns us all and needs to be addressed by us all.

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To Go Faster, Slow Down

Much like a race car driver needs to slow down through the corner enabling him to go faster in a different direction, so to a youth worker who is making changes needs to go about it at a slower pace...

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Worship with Stroke Survivors and Their Loved Ones

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults around the world, so most congregations probably include—or will soon include—stroke survivors. And the implications for churches are significant.

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Free A Family

What is World Renew's Free A Family Program?

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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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