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The Difference a Call Can Make

Department: Author: Scott DeVriesBetty-Ann Coleman had a simple question. She is an administrator at Westside Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Kingston, Ont., and was unsure about a certain aspect of The Bridge App, a smartphone app created in partnership with the CRCNA. Coleman sent an emai

A Church of Connection and Collaboration

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansOne of the five desired futures expressed in our denominational ministry plan, Our Journey 2020, focuses on collaboration: “Our churches and ministries will work hand in hand with each other, and with partners in our own communities and around the world, to fait

‘The Question of God and Race’

Department: Author: Matthew CookeThis year’s Stob Lecture Series featured Willie James Jennings, associate professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University. The Stob Lectures, a joint effort of Calvin Seminary and Calvin College, invite conversation on important issues in th

Doing Ministry Together

Department: Author: Kristen deRoo VanderBergHope Community Christian Reformed Church in Surrey, B.C., was faced with a dilemma. Their bustling suburb includes many families whose faith journeys vary widely. Some are new believers and others are new to Canada. Many are too busy for regular midweek c

Creating a Denominational Quilt

Department: Author: Kristen deRoo VanderBergIn the heart of the newly renovated Christian Reformed Church in North America offices in Burlington, Ont. a quilt hangs prominently. It includes blocks from 65 different Christian Reformed people from across North America.“The variety of shapes and fabri

Loved by God

Department: Author: Cassie Westrate“Depression stole my life in every way imaginable,” said Leenza Thompson, a student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. “[I felt] completely empty at some points, like I was just a shell of a human. . . . I really felt like I was a waste of space on earth. I f

Hablando con un Acento Reformado

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansEl folleto Quiénes Somos y Qué Creemos es un gran recordatorio de nuestra identidad como la Iglesia Cristiana Reformada. Este folleto está disponible a través de Faith Alive y también se puede acceder a este a través de la Biblioteca Digital. Todos haríamos bien

개혁주의 액센트로 말하기

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans소책자 <우리는 누구이며 무엇을 믿는가>는 개혁교회로서 우리의 정체성에 대한 아주 훌륭한 지침서입니다. 이 소책자는 페이스 얼라이브 교단출판부에서 구할 수 있고, 디지털 도서관에서도 열람이 가능합니다. 우리 모두가 매년 한 번씩 읽으면 유익할 것입니다. 이유는 다음과 같습니다. 첫째, 이 책자는 우리 교단의 정체성이 처음 시작부터 정확하게 정통 기독교 전통 가운데 있었음을 상기시켜 줍니다: “개혁교회의 가르침은 전세계 기독교인들의 신앙과 많은 공통점을 갖습니다.”

Reformed Identity in Spanish Media Ministry

Department: Author: Brian ClarkEvery week, Victor (not his real name) tunes in to one of his favorite television programs from his home in Chile. One day, the message felt a little too close to home. “I was tempted to change the channel,” recalled Victor. “But I decided to keep listening.”Victor wa

Speaking with a Reformed Accent

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansThe pamphlet Who We Are and What We Believe is a great reminder of our identity as the Christian Reformed Church. This pamphlet is available through Faith Alive and can also be accessed through the Digital Library in English, Korean, Spanish, and Chinese. We wo

Reformed Identity and Worship

Department: Author: Joyce Borger“Is there anything in our worship that we have in common?” Some variation of that question has been asked multiple times during Worship Ministries advisory committee meetings. You might not guess that the Korean pastor, the African-American worship leader who embodie

Set Free from Poverty of the Mind: The Riches of Our Identity in Christ

Department: Author: Sara DeBoerLast November, Alberto Sairessi had a life-changing experience. At 51 years old, the father of six in Mozambique was asked his opinion.Sairessi was part of a community visioning and planning session offered by World Renew and its local partner in Mozambique.“I didn’t

They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love

Department: Author: Jim ZylstraWorld Renew has been serving and walking with communities in Tanzania for over 25 years. Partnering with the local church, the African Inland Church Tanzania, World Renew seeks to see God glorified, churches strengthened, and people moved out of poverty.Not far from t

혼란한 시대의 리더십

Department: Author: Steven Timmermans교단사역 계획인 우리의 여정 2020은 개교회와 각종 사역의 리더를 양성하려는 우리의 열망을 표명합니다. “우리 교회들과 사역 기구들은 다양한 유형의 새로운 리더들을 양성해 나갈 것입니다 개교회, 노회, 교단 차원의 모든 위치에 있는 평신도 지도자와 목회자들의 은사와 기술, 강점을 발견해 나갈 것이며 교육과 임상 사역의 기회, 그리고 성숙한 리더를 통한 지도를 통해 새로운 리더들이 깊이 뿌리 내리고 풍성한 열매를 맺을 수 있도록 인도할 것입니다”그러나 우리는 이 비

Liderazgo en Tiempos de Confusión

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansNuestro plan de ministerio para toda la denominación, Nuestra Travesía 2020, habla de nuestro deseo como Iglesia Cristiana Reformada de desarrollar líderes para nuestras iglesias y ministerios:“Nuestras iglesias y ministerios desarrollarán nuevos líderes de much

Redefining Leadership through Campus Ministry

Department: Author: Cassie WestrateNadeana was not a leader. At least, that’s what she believed before beginning her internship with Western Campus Ministry. Now she’s encouraging other students to be leaders too.Western Campus Ministry is a Christian Reformed Church campus ministry in Ontario supp

Traveling to Inspire 2017 for Inspiration

Department: Author: Three of us rode together to Detroit, Mich., to the Inspire 2017 conference with much anticipation. I’m not sure what I was looking for, but I do know this: That I needed to be inspired. I needed to know that the Christian Reformed Church in North America is alive and well.Three

Called to a Different Kind of Ministry

Department: Author: Matt HubersFour years ago, Sarah Hoogendoorn pulled out of the ministerial candidacy process. She had acquired her Masters of Divinity degree and had begun working at a church in Alberta but then discovered that she was not called to church ministry.Discouraged and uncertain, Ho

Leadership in Confusing Times

Department: Author: Steven TimmermansOur denomination-wide ministry plan, Our Journey 2020, speaks of our desire as a Christian Reformed Church to grow leaders for our churches and ministries: “Our churches and ministries will grow new leaders of many kinds. At all levels—local, regional, denominat

Leadership from the Classroom to the Pulpit and Everywhere in Between

Department: Author: Matthew Cooke“My classwork and my internship have been connected in ways that, after I have learned something in class, I am able to go to the church I am working at and use what I have learned,” said Hannah Saxton, a second-year Master of Divinity student, as she reflected on t