Some missionaries serve in countries where Christians are persecuted—but don't let security concerns dissuade you from writing to them. Follow these guidelines to help keep them and the people they work with safe.
Leaving congregational ministry after twenty three years led to two "Aha!" moments and an important reminder.
According to research from Fuller Youth Institute, American churches may lose 33,000,000 emerging adults by 2050. I'm convinced that we cannot look at the “numbers" and be satisfied until we get to know the “names.”
Have you ever ended a family Christmas celebration and realized you’d skipped telling the story you’d gathered to celebrate? Start a new tradition this year by using one of these meaningful and fun intergenerational storytelling ideas.
Curious, what songs are you singing this Advent and Christmas season?
I began to realize that committee work is an act of loving another—whether in deliberating a big decision, or in sharing a common witness of work God is already doing among us.
“I have heard German believers say they believe God has sent this large influx of refugees to Germany in order to bring renewal to the German Church,” said Resonate Global Mission missionary David Kromminga.
...what's changed is that over many years political leaders have made immigration appear dangerous, corrupt and illegal—even on the occasions when it is actually totally legal according to our laws.
Event planning is a TON of work. Why would I do this again? The people. The smiles. The service to the denomination and Canadian Ministry. And more.
Rather than having “experts” address the questions, it is expected that gatherers will talk about what they see and experience as the new mission of the church.
Many people in the CRC complain that our denomination tends to favor head knowledge at the expense of the heart. But for people who live with mental illnesses, basing our faith on knowledge acts as an anchor against raging emotions.
The communal Advent practices of remembering, celebrating, mourning, and anticipating prompt me to consider how those themes have showed up over the last year in the work of racial justice and equity in Canada.
To my great surprise, the musical food was more nourishing than the physical food. And I wondered if that Flint diner had some things in common with that stable in Bethlehem.
The play, #ChurchToo, effectively and artfully touched on themes such as power imbalances, denial, silence, grooming, guilt on the part of the victim, and male heroes in the Bible who used their power and position to victimize women.
The Auditor General reports that 24% of Indigenous students graduate high school, as opposed to the national average of 90%. See how the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue is responding.
We want to know: Does your church (or a church in your community) hold a Blue Christmas Service?
Every year, one fifth of Christian Reformed churches are invited to participate in the CRCNA denominational survey. If your church is invited to participate this year, here are some resources to encourage participation in your congregation.
I loved that my husband was the pastor. That he was called into ministry. And I was eager to walk alongside him, supporting and encouraging him as I was able. What I didn’t want was to be seen as “part of the package.”
How many activities can an average church member be expected to do? The easy answer is "it depends." The better answer is to find out what the situation is for your congregation.
Last month’s incident at a Pittsburgh synagogue has led me to wonder, “Do greeters and ushers need more training?” What if someone with the wrong motives were to walk through the church doors?