One thing that has struck me after working for more than a decade to connect churches in the U.S. with churches that World Renew works with overseas is the similarity between them.

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Over the last ten years classis Chatham has conducted more than fifteen exams. My overall impression is that one exam is pretty much like another, even though the purpose of each exam is different.

June 30, 2015 1 0 comments

Years ago I was a delegate to a CRC Synod. It turned out that I was the youngest member there.

June 29, 2015 0 0 comments
Resource, Newsletter or Periodical

In this issue, college students with disabilities.

June 29, 2015 0 0 comments

We wanted to provide leaders with great ideas for inviting people to Coffee Break and for creating a Coffee Break culture that was inviting. So we went to the experts...

June 29, 2015 0 0 comments

"The God I serve is a God of presence, not a God of protection."

June 27, 2015 1 6 comments
Discussion Topic

School's out for the summer! One option for entertainment is to go to the movie theater. But how do you determine which movies are appropriate for YOUR child? 

June 26, 2015 2 2 comments

“Why do we not invite?” At first, answers came easily to the group of Coffee Break leaders. But then we dug deeper. The answers became more personal. There were times of silence between responses...

June 25, 2015 1 0 comments

At the CRC Synod, as usual, a raft of new candidates for the ministry was approved. This year there were 44 names on the list. I do pray they will all get a call someday soon...

June 25, 2015 1 2 comments

The German poet-philosopher, Gotthold Lessing (1729-1781), became the spokesman for Germany's intellectuals whose religion focused on human goodness. Do we have a bit of "Lessing" in us?

June 25, 2015 0 1 comments
Resource, Job Opening

Immanuel CRC in Ripon, CA, is seeking a full time Worship Director to help us implement our vision for worship. 

June 24, 2015 0 0 comments

In the wake of the Charleston shooting, many parents are wondering, "How can I talk with my kids about this? How much can they handle? How soon?"

June 24, 2015 1 0 comments
Resource, Story or Testimony

This story project is a joint effort of Disability Concerns (CRC), Faith and Hope Ministries, and Disability Awareness (RCA).

June 23, 2015 0 0 comments

A pastor friend told me that the topic of vaccinations was ripping at the unity of his church. Parents have wrangled intensely with each other on Facebook and in the church parking lot.

June 23, 2015 2 3 comments
Resource, Form or Template

The Church and Minister Profile Forms have been streamlined and are attached for quick download. 

June 22, 2015 0 0 comments
IN: Synod

Synod 2015 was an industrious synod. Now freed from the pure reporting mode, I share unsolicited insights eagerly anticipated by anyone desperate to read something...

June 19, 2015 0 1 comments

Dr. Calvin DeWitt, author of Earthwise: A Guide to Hopeful Creation Care, responds to Pope Francis's encyclical, saying "It is a letter that brings substantial hope..."

June 19, 2015 0 0 comments

Even in the walking alongside, there is a decision to enter into places of pain, knowing that you will hurt along with them, knowing that there may not be answers to the deep questions that arise.

June 19, 2015 1 0 comments

I'm in the first month of my position as "Director of Youth Ministries" and have been approached to suggest some Bible Study resources. Any books or materials that worked well for you?

June 19, 2015 0 6 comments
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Faith Formation Ministries is excited to introduce you to "Welcoming Children to the Lord’s Supper" an online toolkit filled with a wide variety of ministry tools to help nurture the faith of children. 

June 19, 2015 0 0 comments

The room fell silent for a few minutes as the impact of that question sunk in. It was profoundly moving to all of us in the classroom, and also to the girl's parents when we chatted about it later. 


June 18, 2015 2 0 comments