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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

A Barnabas to Many Young Pauls

Department: Author: Cassie WestrateThe church in Cambodia is young, and so are its leaders. That’s why Resonate missionaries Gil and Joyce Suh come alongside young, first-generation Christian leaders like Narith* to disciple, train, and mentor them—like a Barnabas to many young Pauls.Narith is a le

Una Institución de Discipulado

Department: Author: Rev. Darren C. RoordaPermítanme contarles una historia. Recientemente, un miembro de la iglesia Cristiana Reformada de Thorold, Ontario, sintió el llamado para ministrar a los internos en una prisión local. Él conoció a un hombre que se sentía atrapado. Había leído su Biblia, pe

제자삼는 조직

Department: Author: Rev. Darren C. Roorda이야기를 하나 들려드리겠습니다. 최근, 캐나다 온타리오 주 소롤드의 한 개혁교회 교인은 하나님께서 자신을 교도소 사역으로 부르신다는 것을 느꼈습니다. 그리고 거기서 절망하던 한 수감자를 만났습니다. 그는 혼자 성경을 읽었지만 몇장 뒤적이고나면 더는 읽을 수가 없었고, 성경을 믿을 수 없었습니다. 그 때 캐나다 원주민 사역위원회에서 만든 자료들이 이 성도를 통해 그 수감자에게 전달되었습니다. 그 자료는 기독교와 원주민문화를 연결하는 다리 역할을 했습니다. 그

Dividends of Empowerment and Resilience

Department: Author: David TyokigirAlthough people are hurting and many suffer injustice around the world, God’s goodness and faithfulness continue through generations. God’s lovingkindness is evident in the communities where World Renew has opportunities to work.The following story testifies to God

Ecumenical Grant Helps Toronto Churches Talk about Affordable Housing

Department: Author: Kristen deRoo VanderBergLack of affordable housing is a huge issue in the greater Toronto area of Ontario. Three churches in central Etobicoke, a western suburb of Toronto, joined together to try to address this issue. They were assisted by a grant from the Christian Reformed Ch

An Institution of Discipleship

Department: Author: Rev. Darren C. RoordaLet me tell you a story. Recently, a Christian Reformed church member from Thorold, Ont., felt called to minister to inmates at a local prison. He met one man who was feeling stuck. He’d read his Bible, but only a few pages at a time. It just didn’t ring tru

When We Share Our Faith with God’s Family, Lives Change

Department: Author: Trudy AshBusy. Overwhelmed. Chaotic. These are the words I most often hear when I ask people to describe today’s families. Because of this busyness and the shifts in society and parenting, churches everywhere are seeing a decline in both attendance and engagement from young fami

Therefore, Go: How the CRC is Making Disciples of all Nations

Department: Author: Nancy Vander Meer , Brian Clark, Lauren PostmaWhen Dmitry heard a radio message that touched him, he decided to write a message of thanks to the program’s producers in Russia. He didn’t expect the conversation to go any further.“I didn’t really expect to hear back from you,” D