Loving Our Neighbors.
Working through regional teams, Christian Reformed Home Missions supports a diverse group of church planters, pastors, campus ministers, and others who are called to renew communities together. We form local partnerships, collaborating formally and through grass roots efforts.
Home Missions teams up with congregations and classes to strengthen educational ministries. It cultivates leaders, encourages church planting, and brings a mission focus to churches while promoting spiritual growth through prayer and small groups. New churches and campus ministries are multiplied. Existing church bodies are taught how to more actively engage. The result? Renewed lives, communities, and culture — all through God’s Spirit.
The Impact of Your Contribution:
- Focuses CRC congregations on God’s mission in North America
- Helps congregations and classes plant new churches
- Supports and encourages campus ministries and mission schools
- Provides leadership assistance for evangelism and discipleship to 48 classes and approximately 1,000 CRC congregations in Canada and the US
- Encourages the development of small groups and local prayer initiatives
A Gospel Movement Grows in Philadelphia.
Twenty-three years ago, church planters Manny Ortiz and Sue Baker started Spirit and Truth Fellowship in inner-city Philadelphia. This single church has planted eight daughter churches in Philadelphia, and, with the support of the Home Missions Eastern US regional team, it has helped form a regional cluster of churches and leaders deliberately working together in the poorest part of North Philadelphia.
This growing Philadelphia gospel movement has also helped start a Christian school, an art program, a legal department, a before and after school program, a seminary for urban church planters, and has helped reach people like Anthony, a former drug addict and drug dealer. Through one of the new churches started by Spirit & Truth, Anthony found Jesus and now prays to God every day. “I am just blessed to wake up every morning,” he says, “God is truly good.”