Sandy SwartzentruberSouvenirs of Faith

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.

March 29, 2017 1 0 comments

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You're probably wondering how Inspire 2017 might inspire your local congregation or Classis. Here are a few ideas to get people talking about your mission and how this event might support the local church. 

January 26, 2017 0 0 comments

Sundays are about justice, not just us. That's something hard to say and harder to swallow. Sunday justice is about living differently and being a blessing to those around us. 

January 26, 2017 2 1 comments

For the past nine months, staff from Home Missions and World Missions have been working with a branding company to develop the new brand identity for the mission agency. And now we need your input! 

January 25, 2017 1 11 comments

The hope is that the environment of a microbrewery and a community of equally inquisitive young adults will attract some of those people who wouldn’t normally attend a meeting affiliated with the church.

January 25, 2017 1 1 comments

 A great article from "Faith and Leadership" came out today with some good suggestions for building an effective team. These suggestions may be helpful in your church council.

January 25, 2017 1 0 comments

This Black History Month, let’s hear the Black CRC story, as told by Black CRC members themselves.

January 24, 2017 2 0 comments
IN: Campus

Look at the challenges these chaplains and ministries face, the questions they are asking, and the opportunities they pursue. Do you see the similarities to what your local congregation is trying to do?

January 24, 2017 1 0 comments

A key point in the book is that leaders, in a Christian sense, are called more to be servants and fools than endowed with the take charge and “get it done” attributes and skills we often associate with leaders. 

January 24, 2017 4 2 comments

I'm exploring the possibility of putting on a workshop to guide people through some of the differences between playing/singing in a band versus playing/singing solo. Got any ideas?

January 23, 2017 1 2 comments

In Dr. George Hunsberger’s last lecture at Western Theological Seminary he asked the question, “What difference does it make when you put the word missional in front of the word church?”

January 20, 2017 2 1 comments

It takes a lot of courage to become an ordinary Christian in a culture that celebrates the extraordinary. But as Horton argues in his book Ordinary, God most often works through ordinary things to change us.

January 19, 2017 2 2 comments

I'm on a search committee and we could really use a database of not only pastors available for call, but also churches that are looking to hire a pastor. Does anyone know of such a resource? 

January 19, 2017 1 1 comments

This manual will assist search committees and councils as they search for a new pastor.

January 17, 2017 0 0 comments

The documentary Over 18 tackles an issue many within the church community would rather ignore: the serious effects of pornography on young people.

January 17, 2017 4 1 comments

Or church is considering hiring a Director of Congregational Life. Would you be willing to share your job description for this position and whether an ordained or non-ordained pastor fills this position at your church?

January 17, 2017 1 0 comments

It’s easy to remember the big stuff from the past year—things like weddings, or selling a house, or natural disasters. But how can we remember God's goodness in the seemingly mundane moments of life?

January 17, 2017 1 1 comments

I'm on the search committee for a pastor at my church and we are looking for sample evaluation forms to use when we go to hear a pastor preach. Got any ideas?

January 16, 2017 1 1 comments
IN: Prayer

Consider being a part of Inspire 2017 through prayer, even if you can’t attend. Amazing things happen when we prayerfully and humbly surrender to God’s will and leading.

January 16, 2017 1 0 comments

One question I hear from church leaders is: How can we organize our practices, groups, and curriculum for lifelong faith formation? One simple way to organize faith formation is around the liturgical calendar.

January 16, 2017 2 4 comments

A Canadian grocery store chain recently released a video as part of their mission to get people to #EatTogether. I love the video because it demonstrates how intergenerational community is created!

January 12, 2017 1 3 comments