Danielle Steenwyk-RowaanAdvocacy Works: Breaking the Chains

Last year I had an opportunity that helped me to see that I can be an advocate. I attended the Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. to learn how to talk with our leaders effectively.

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Heritage CRC in Byron Center, MI is seeking a full-time youth leader for students in grades 6-12.

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Every night I put God’s name on my son. And every night he puts God’s name on me. Such a beautiful blessing.

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The missional focus challenges church practices that mimic consumerism and result, intentionally or not, in the church as a vendor of religious services. 

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I am really wrestling with what to do with all my books. I guess I could box and store them, but is there another option?

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Avenue church isn’t a service provider, they’re a neighbor. “Where I worship, where I live, where I pray—all this can happen together. It doesn’t have to be separated,” says pastor Aaron Au.

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We love a good story. We love to pray. How about combining Bible stories and our prayers? Paul Ryan and Lester Ruth have developed this into a meaningful practice with youth. 

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I usually enjoy an opportunity to be with the kids but on this day I was near the end of my rope and they were too. Though I wish they'd been easier on me, I'm grateful for the reminder that these kids have complex lives, too.

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I've spent plenty of time with other ministry leaders bemoaning the impact of the "fear of missing out" (FOMO). I'm done bemoaning this reality and instead want to ask: How can we find freedom from this idol?

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Inspired by the YWCA's national Stand Against Racism campaign, Calvin College and The Office of Race Relations are hosting a worship service on Wednesday, April 19. 

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We hope you and your congregation are blessed and challenged by these worship resources, prepared by the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee. 

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Any month is a good time to focus on safe church ministry, but April provides some special opportunities to connect with your congregation.

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Here are 10 suggestions for recognizing your volunteers and showing them your appreciation.

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A couple years back Jen Hatmaker wrote an article on how a consumer culture threatens to destroy pastors. She pleads with pastors to stop trying to do it all. Pastors, does this resonate with you?

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Here are seven ideas of activities with the potential to form faith that you can do with your kids for little or no dough.

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We associate souvenirs with traveling, but we also keep them to remind us of faith milestones. A family baptism gown, a signed Bible—these things help us remember moments that shape our identity as people of God.

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Loving friendship covers a multitude of “sins” (for example, a Qur’anic ignorance). With friendship can come trust, curiosity and, yes, frankness. What are you doing to build friendships with Muslim neighbors?  

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