“There’s no single way to do intergenerational engagement. There’s no hard and fast rule or one silver bullet. It’s all about experimentation and failure, even,” says Amanda Bakale, a pastor at Community CRC in Kitchener, ON. 

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So, what numbers should be counted to identify missional health? A good place to begin is with three numbers every CRCNA congregation reports to the Yearbook.

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During Synod 2017, The Network will be selecting a “Tweet of the Day” to be featured, as well as 2 honorable mentions! Could it be your tweet? 

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Even with all the books and coaches and renewal team retreats, no change was going to happen in our congregation if I didn’t lead it. This was the quintessential money-where-my-mouth-was moment.

June 12, 2017 201 1 0 comments

What characteristics should new team members possess? As churches start new programs, hire new staff, or elect persons to leadership positions this question is important to ask.

June 12, 2017 135 0 0 comments

The congregation of Spring Lake CRC is seeking a full-time pastor.

June 10, 2017 356 0 0 comments

We are excited to introduce to you the newest member of our Faith Formation Ministries team: Kristen Rietkerk. Kristen serves as a Regional Catalyzer in California.

June 9, 2017 93 2 0 comments
IN: Synod

During Synod 2017, The Network will be selecting a “Tweet of the Day” to be featured, as well as 2 honorable mentions! Could it be your tweet? 

June 9, 2017 364 1 0 comments

Whoever designed the first Cracker Barrel restaurant was a genius. Everything in that place screams, "Welcome, we’ve been expecting you!" We are invited to come in and rest our travel worn bones for awhile.

June 9, 2017 468 1 0 comments

For international relief and development staff working with communities on the front lines of climate change, the compounding effects of a slight increase in sea level or temperature can mean the difference between success and famine.

June 9, 2017 109 0 2 comments

What stood out to me most is how World Renew strives to help the people who are most vulnerable – many of the families we learned about could not afford home insurance or were not able to qualify for assistance from the government.

June 8, 2017 186 0 0 comments

Twice a month I have the honor of leading worship for over twenty adults living with a developmental disability and often physical disabilities. I tell God’s stories using Children and Worship materials.

June 8, 2017 112 0 0 comments

Sometimes I wonder if the struggles the CRC is facing are meant to kindle our imaginations so that we’ll be able to see a new thing that God has for us. What if God has brought us here – into this humbling confusion – to open our eyes?

June 7, 2017 397 1 2 comments

Last night was my first meeting as a deacon and I was extremely impressed with how the Lord has placed these men in this precious role in the church. I'm excited and ask for prayer as I trust the Lord in this new role.  

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I am looking for a sample contract or letter of call for a youth leader that we are hoping to hire soon. Do you have one to share? 

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Join us for a free screening of the From the Ashes documentary, Monday, June 19, 7p.m., at Monroe Community Church.

June 7, 2017 83 1 2 comments

These Continuing Education pages are organized by the Five Callings that the CRC has adopted and are designed to assist pastors and councils make plans for ongoing learning. 

June 7, 2017 95 1 0 comments

What concrete steps can each congregation be doing to make your church a safer place? These ten guidelines, developed by Safe Church Ministry in partnership with Faith Formation Ministries, offer a helpful place to start.

June 6, 2017 297 2 2 comments

Several boxes of grey Psalter Hymnals are available from Grandville, MI.

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In the midst of Family Jeopardy, photo scavenger hunts, and watching kids connect with extended family members, we took time to intentionally talk about how God has been with us and faithful to his promises.

June 5, 2017 253 1 0 comments

A couple girls saw Thayer’s dilemma and pointed out to him a few other apples hanging closer. “Get this one, Thayer. It’s a beauty!” But Thayer would not be swayed from his chosen apple.

June 5, 2017 299 2 0 comments