From Back to God Ministries International
Devotions for Hard Times - Turmoil. Stress. Sorrow. These words describe our lives today. Yet, in Christ we have hope. Let this 21-day devotional series from Today remind you where true hope and comfort come from. Get "Our Only Comfort" in your inbox when you subscribe to Today at TodayDevotional.com/ouronlycomfort.
GOD PRINTS - Liz decides to open a detective agency. He, Lucille, and Morrie investigate a series of “coincidences” and come to a surprising discovery. Subscribe for free at getkidscorner.com. Check out KC’s Gifts of Kindness Advent Calendar and Devotional and invite your whole family to join you in giving daily gifts of kindness. www.kidscorner.net
I BELONG: THEREFORE, HE WATCHES OVER ME - Can we be sure of God’s protection, even if accidents still happen and diseases still get diagnosed? Join Groundwork as we look at Matthew 10:29-31, Romans 8:28, and Psalm 121 for the assurance that no matter our circumstances he watches over us, because we belong to him. Listen now at GroundworkOnline.com and subscribe to Groundwork’s weekly emails for future episodes.
From Calvin Theological Seminary
Biblical Study Tour to Italy - (March 28 - April 9, 2019) Visit the Vatican with its Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Cathedral; the impressive monuments of ancient Rome; Hadrian’s Villa; Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius; Paestum; Assisi; Florence; Ravenna; and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. Join Jeff Weima, professor at Calvin Theological Seminary and leading biblical scholar, for this inspirational tour. Contact Dr. Weima at email@example.com or 616-328-3110.
Calvin Seminary's Dig Program - Dig is a summer program hosted at Calvin Seminary that helps youth uncover their future by exploring their callings while enriching and deepening their faith. By the end of the program, each student will leave with a clearer sense of their gifts and skills and an understanding of how God can use them to meet the needs of the world. This summer's program takes place July 8 - 27, 2019. To nominate a student or to apply yourself, visit dig.calvinseminary.edu.
From Chaplaincy and Care Ministries
PRAY FOR CHAPLAINS - Chaplaincy is a healing, reconciling ministry of God, an expression and extension of God’s activity and mission in the world. The CRC endorses 140 chaplains to embody the grace of Christ in our communities. Join us in praying for and supporting the ministries of chaplains everywhere.
From CRC Communications
SAVE THE DATE - Inspire 2019 will once again bring together people from across the denomination for a time of inspiration, connection, and encouragement. Join us August 1-3, 2019 in Windsor, Ontario! Designed for ministry volunteers and leaders from across our denomination, Inspire 2019 is a chance to discover new resources, connect with people in similar types of ministry, share your stories, and learn from others. Get the details at www.crcna.org/inspire
From Faith Formation Ministries
Family Faith Formation Tip - Help kids become eager participants in your family’s giving by inviting them to identify a ministry for your family to support together, either financially or through volunteering. For older children, suggest that they research local ministries to find one that connects with their own gifts and passions. For young children, give them a short list to choose from. (Faith Formation Ministries; crcna.org/FaithFormation)
From Office of Social Justice
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Bulletin Inserts - January 20 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and the CRC Office of Social Justice has created bulletin inserts for your church to honor the day. “We believe...that God’s life-giving Word and Spirit will enable the church to live in a new obedience which can open new possibilities of life for society and the world.” These words from the Belhar Confession, along with Isaiah 65:23, are the focus of our worship materials. Visit crcna.org/life for worship resources and to learn more about this year’s focus. Order by December 19. NOTE: If your church has already ordered our bulletin inserts through the church ordering link you received from the CRCNA, you do not need to order them again.
Position Opening - Raise Up Global Ministries (Raise Up), an affiliate of the CRCNA, is seeking a full-time Director. Raise Up provides training, devotional, and education programs for pastors, lay leaders, teachers, and many roles in the Christian church globally. The director will provide vision, organization development and executive leadership including engagement with ministry partners and key donors, oversight of financial and administrative operations, and leading change in educational content and programming. This position is expected to begin around April or May, 2019. For details or to apply, visit www.crcna.org/jobs and complete an on-line application, submitting a current cover letter and resume indicating your interest, by Monday, December 31, 2018.
Position Opening - The Christian Reformed Church in North America has a full-time position opening for a Controller in the Grand Rapids offices. The position will manage the financial resources and the Finance Services staff for the U.S.-based operations of the denomination. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in financial software, corporate finance, developing and tracking budgets, managing process, treasury and banking experience, and experience managing staff. This position is to begin March 2019. For details or to apply, visit www.crcna.org/jobs and complete an on-line application, submitting a current cover letter and resume indicating your interest, by Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
POSITION OPENING - Youth Unlimited is looking for their next SERVE Director. This is a full-time position based in Grand Rapids, MI, that will work closely with our host teams in the US and Canada. We are seeking someone who is passionate about Youth Ministry and wants to help guide the future of our SERVE program! For more information, please see youthunlimited.org/us/our-team or email Rick Zomer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tour the Biblical Lands of Israel - March 11-22, 2019. Experience a renewal of your faith and a deeper understanding of the Bible as you tour biblical lands with Pastor Peter Tuininga and Sindbad Tours of Israel. See Jerusalem, Galilee, Jericho, and other biblical places that will help the Bible come alive for you. For information go to toursofisrael.wordpress.com or contact Peter Tuininga at 1-289-877-8433 or email@example.com. Register by December 15, 2018.
From Resonate Global Mission
Join the Global Prayer Safari! - In Swahili the word "safari" means "journey." Join a team of North Americans who appreciate the power of prayer as you journey hand-in-hand with teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. You'll learn about prayer from other Christian traditions as you visit schools, hospitals, jails, government buildings, markets, and more. Dates: January 31 - February 11, 2019. For more information, visit www.resonateglobalmission.org/safari.
Journey Through Egypt - Join Resonate Global Mission on an Egypt Vision Tour. History comes alive as you learn how scripture is connected to ancient Egyptian monuments. Dates: April 2-10, 2019. For more information visit www.resonateglobalmission.org/Egypt.
Summer Language Institute Chaplain - Each summer, 300 youth from across Eastern Europe study English on the campus of LCC International in Lithuania for the Summer Language Institute. The chaplain is responsible for fostering spiritual growth among students. Learn more about this summer volunteer opportunity at resonateglobalmission.org/chaplain.
Summer Language Institute Resident Director - Each summer, 300 youth from across Eastern Europe study English on the campus of LCC International University for the Summer Language Institute. The Resident Director is responsible for building community among students in LCC's residence halls through events, programs, and more. Learn more about this summer volunteer opportunity at resonateglobalmission/residentdirector.
Teach English in Lithuania - Each summer, 300 youth from across Eastern Europe study English on the campus of LCC International University for the Summer Language Institute. As an ESL teacher, you will be the heart of the program by helping students improve their English language skills and gain a better understanding of what it might be like for them to go to college. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity at resonateglobalmission.org/sli.
From World Renew
Prepare Your Heart - Starting December 3, World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice will distribute free email devotionals during Advent in 2018. Don’t let Christmas presents overtake the Christmas Presence. Sign up to receive reflections on this year’s theme, Holy Impatience, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Christmas Day. The series will explore doing justice in a world that belongs to God, a world where so many are both celebrating glimpses of the kingdom and eagerly yearning for it. Go to crcna.org/advent to sign up today!
World Renew - RFP - Marketing Firm - World Renew seeks to engage an experienced marketing/fundraising consulting firm. Recently, World Renew created a Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign (CFC) with the objective of changing fundraising practices, and increasing the engagement of constituents. The key objective of this consultancy is to run analytics of the present donor database and an audit of marketing practices to make recommendations to the CFC Director and Executive Directors. Full details, along with instructions on how to submit a proposal: https://worldrenew.net/RFP.
World Renew Opportunity in Cambodia - Have a heart for Cambodia? Have 5 years of community development consultation experience? World Renew, an agency of the CRCNA, is seeking a Country Consultant for Cambodia to provide leadership in the development of World Renew’s strategy and programs in Cambodia. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree, and a minimum of 5 years of community development work and 5 years’ of cross-cultural experience are invited to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with fluency in oral and written Khmer language skills or willingness to learn to speak Khmer. For information, please visit https://worldrenew.net/careers.