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About Us

Pastor Church Resources is now part of Thrive (read about the name change)

Our name may have changed, however our commitment remains! Our staff still wants to come alongside your church to assist, to resource, and to support. We want your church to become - or continue to be - successful, strong, and healthy. Our pastor church advisors and specialists serve to encourage and equip congregations, classes, and members of the Christian Reformed Church. Together we are able to do God’s work in the world better than any of us could do on our own.

Ministry Shares enables Thrive to serve pastors and congregations in a variety of ways. Today, we offer:

  • Continuing education opportunities and grants
  • Vocational ministry assessments
  • Peer Learning grants
  • Resources and grants for pastors in transition
  • Direct consultation in seasons of transition and challenge
  • Resources for the pastor search and staff evaluation processes
  • Educational opportunities for councils, staff, and congregations
  • Specialized Transitional Ministers
  • Healthy Church Discernment Process
  • Support and training for Church Visitors, Classis Counselors, Pastoral Mentors, and Regional Pastors
  • Strategic coaching through classis renewal
  • Conferences for pastors and pastors’ spouses
  • Wellbeing tools for pastors
  • Resources for elders and councils

Our Team

Dave Den Haan

Dave Den Haan

Ministry Consultant
  • Consultation: providing assistance to pastors and churches in times of transition, crisis, and discernment.
  • Specialized Transitional Ministers: providing leadership and oversight to the program of congregational transitional ministry.
  • Resource Development: developing resources that support the church council-church staff relationship.
  • Learning Events: conducting seminars and training events for pastors and church leaders.
877-279-9994 x2712
Elaine May, new Women’s Leadership Director

Elaine May

Church Renewal Consultant
  • Consultation: assist congregations in a process of congregational health and renewal
  • Facilitation: oversee the facilitation of Thriving Essentials
  • Leadership: overseeing and leading Gather events
877-279-9994 x2476
Kim Rankins

Kim Rankens

Administrative Coordinator
  • PastorSearch Process: providing information and support to churches and pastors involved in a pastor search process.
  • Administrative Coordination: providing administrative assistance and coordination to Thrive staff.
  • Event Planning: overseeing and organizing Thrive events for churches/pastors/ministry leaders including the Pastors' Wives' Conference.
  • Specialized Transitional Ministers: coordinating the STM program—ministers who walk alongside congregations during times of transition.
877-279-9994 x2837

Margie Brenner

Administrative Coordinator
  • Thriving Together: providing administrative support for the Thriving Together program.
  • Classis Renewal: administrative coordination for classis renewal initiatives and assisting Thrive in supporting classis functionaries.
  • Birkman assessment process: providing administrative coordination for the Birkman assessment process.
877-279-9994 x2173

Sean Baker

Ministry Consultant
  • Consultation: providing assistance to pastors and churches in times of transition, crisis, and discernment.
  • Crossroads Discernment: providing leadership and support for Crossroads Discernment Process (a program to guide churches through the spiritual discernment and logistical details of significant changes including reset, restart, and closure).
  • Next Steps Discernment: helping churches discern and decide what's next in anxious times
  • Learning events: education and seminars for churches and classes on discernment, dealing with differences, and restorative practice
877-279-9994 x2678

The values to which we aspire:

  • conversations with others, more than about them.
  • conversations which are both candid and graceful.
  • relationships which demonstrate hospitality and accountability.
  • a leader's health as essential for the wellbeing of a community.
  • the image of church as body of Christ, a systemic organism in which each member impacts, and is impacted by, every other member.
  • differences as a source of enrichment more than reason for conflict.
  • conflict as an arena in which God's presence and guidance may become known.
  • lifelong learning for the purpose of maturing as God's children.
  • the mystery of God's Holy Spirit at work in ways which we cannot fathom.
  • the power of God's presence accomplishing more than we might imagine possible.