New IN: Hospitality
Our congregation’s MOSAIC ministry began with a simple dinner invitation. We hosted 3 visiting Chinese scholars, and 2 Indian students. What a joy it was to learn of each other’s culture...
March 31, 2015 3 1 comments

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If vibrant means giving back to God the life he has ignited in you, then I think it can happen in any type of service, of any style.
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Recently, Groundwork continued a series on spiritual disciplines that is less about doing, and more about being or living. How do we live our faith with discipline?
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February 9, 2015 0 57 comments
A report from the American Psychological Association states that childhood psychological abuse not only is just as harmful as sexual and/or physical abuse, but can have “long-lasting impact”.
February 7, 2015 3 9 comments
Are we investing the time needed to disciple young Christians? And, what type of model is needed to ensure that we are doing a God-honoring effort?
February 6, 2015 3 1 comments
“I doubt that church visiting is very effective anymore.” In spite of comments like that, church visiting is one way classes can help strengthen congregations.
February 6, 2015 2 1 comments
I heard it again this week in an online talk – “Remember your baptism.” Say what? Yes – Remember. Do you consciously remember that you were baptised?
February 6, 2015 0 0 comments
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February 5, 2015 0 0 comments
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This guide, created by a Pastor Church Relations team, is intended as a quick summary of the CRCNA's Guide to Conducting Church Visiting.
February 5, 2015 0 0 comments
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How has the DoD shaped our relationships with Indigenous Peoples? In this webinar we discuss: What is the DoD? Why is it important? And what does it have to do with ministry today?
February 4, 2015 2 4 comments
In an era of growing tensions between religious communities, we are endeavoring to discuss peace at an event to be held at Calvin Theological Seminary on Feb 13. Join us!
February 4, 2015 0 0 comments
Jesus used questions to engage people in God's story. This article, from the new Coffee Break newsletter, provides helpful ideas for all types of small group leaders who lead Bible discovery conversations.
February 3, 2015 0 0 comments
When I was 14, my 38-year-old mother sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). When Mom came home from the hospital, her personality had changed dramatically. How can the church help?
February 3, 2015 0 0 comments
On February 8, The Network will officially turn 5 years old! Your participation makes The Network special. For this reason, we want to acknowledge YOU by offering snazzy badges for your profile!
February 2, 2015 0 3 comments
Prejudice has a long shelf life. Chances are that you (and I) keep prejudice neatly tucked away under the cover of noble virtues, traditions or plain thoughtlessness.
February 2, 2015 1 0 comments
Youth ministry becomes less initmidating when we think of it in terms of movement and direction. Movement: getting them started or involved. Direction: pointing them in the right direction.
February 2, 2015 0 0 comments
While talking with a church council, it became clear that few members could remember a time when their church felt engaged and motivated by classis. Few knew much about classis at all.
January 30, 2015 0 3 comments
Discussion Topic
This week the CRC launched a new experiment in crowdfunding. Is this the way we should do denominational publishing?
January 28, 2015 1 6 comments
One in four females and one in six males will be sexually abused by the time they reach 18. Are they missing from our congregations?
January 28, 2015 2 3 comments
Starting a new church community is not an easy task. We can get so caught up in our methodology that we miss the mission of the church.
January 28, 2015 2 2 comments