How many lives could be changed if the church talked as openly about abuse as any other chronic and life-threatening issues their congregants faced?

December 6, 2016 1 2 comments

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We still live with the incredible notion that the local church consists of one or two leaders and dozens (if not hundreds) of followers. What is our fear of being involved in leadership?

November 28, 2016 2 2 comments

This letter on Bill 132 (a bill about sexual harassment in the workplace) is meant only for churches in Ontario, Canada. The letter gives guidelines for local churches to fulfill the new bill.  

November 28, 2016 1 1 comments

Many of us, including me, have keen regret when we look back on ministry with little accountability for disciples being trained to make more disciples. And seldom did my disciples make disciples.

November 28, 2016 1 2 comments

It's been 58 days since my daughter Eloise went to be with Jesus. We pray her life inspires others and serves as a reminder about the value and beauty of every life, which is why we're sharing her story on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

November 22, 2016 6 2 comments

Simply put: Jesus walked. He never flew in a plane or drove a car. Today we don’t "walk" our discipleship. We view the journey to Jerusalem as a commute. Would slowing our pace deepen relationships? What might we notice?

November 22, 2016 4 1 comments

How do we engage our congregations in Advent? How do we get people reading their Bibles? In response to these questions, my church (Oakdale Park CRC) created this Advent community reading plan. 

November 22, 2016 2 0 comments

Classis is like a set of bifocal lenses. There are times when we need to look close by, and times when we need to look farther. Do you agree that classis functions this way or is there a better metaphor? 

November 22, 2016 1 0 comments

Disciple-making isn't easy or comfortable. And that's a good thing. When it isn't comfortable, it breaks us. When it isn't easy, it makes us rely more on the strength of Jesus and power of the Holy Spirit. 

November 22, 2016 0 0 comments

What does Christmas and community look like at your church? I’d love to hear how your church is spreading the love of Jesus in special ways this time of year.

November 22, 2016 2 2 comments

It’s no secret that ministry leadership can be lonely. So how do you enter into a mentoring relationship with someone you can trust? Here are 5 things I've learned along the way. 

November 21, 2016 0 0 comments

“The presenters were so knowledgeable and helpful and compassionate." What a blessing to get feedback like this from participants at the Safe Church Ministry conference that took place Nov. 4-6, 2016. 

November 21, 2016 1 3 comments

Looking for free devotional resources to challenge your mind and inspire your heart? Check out these devotions by CRC authors in the new CRC Digital Library

November 21, 2016 1 0 comments

This past June, the Christian Reformed Church declared the Doctrine of Christian Discovery to be a heresy. What does this mean? And how should it affect the way we live? 

November 18, 2016 0 0 comments

We were absolutely thrilled to have Linda Crockett from Samaritan SafeChurch at our Safe Church Ministry Conference. She inspired us with her unsettling story and soon it will be posted on our website. 

November 18, 2016 0 0 comments

Living with disability throughout her life, Andrea Godwin-Stremler has discovered God’s faithfulness indeed is great, and so is the mystery of God.

November 17, 2016 1 5 comments

Why might gratitude be the best measure of our spirituality? Perhaps because it demonstrates that we have been paying attention to the gifts we've received. So, what are you thankful for? 

November 16, 2016 2 1 comments

It's easy to see my 2-year-old granddaughter learning things about church each week, but adults are developing as well. Every week I’m shaping my faith language through the things I see and hear. 

November 16, 2016 1 0 comments

We are living in a cultural season in which a kind of “stand alone authenticity” is celebrated and encouraged everywhere. It’s a false idol that needs to be discerned, named and rejected.

November 16, 2016 3 2 comments

Westwood Christian Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, MI, currently has an opening for the position of Choral Director. 

November 16, 2016 0 0 comments

Our church may be looking to switch our web host in the near future (we currently use iPower). What do you all use for your church's web host?

November 16, 2016 1 3 comments