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Kneeling in Prayer

We will bow our hearts in prayer on December 5 (time to be announced) in a conference call, as the Black and Reformed Leadership Network continues to unite, minister and grow in our calling. 

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The Rev. Dr. Eugene Callender, an African American Pioneer in the CRC

Rev. Dr. Eugene Callender left a lasting legacy of evangelism, social justice, and imparting wisdom to African American leaders in the CRC. Frankly speaking, I'm able to serve in the CRC because of leaders like Dr. Callender. 

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Change is Going to Come

One last post for our Black History Month series! The CRC Office of Race Relations is thankful for Rev. Sheila Holmes and her contributions to the Christian Reformed Church.

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Tending My Patch of the Vineyard - Laura Pritchard

"When I have the opportunity to be in a room with a diverse group of people, hosted by the CRC, and hear courageous conversations about race, I am hopeful." 

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Henry Washington and Black History Month

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

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John Azumah a Presbyterian from Ghana comments on American Cultural Imperialism

In his article "Through African Eyes" http://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/10/through-african-eyes John Azumah, professor of World Christianity and Islam at Columbia Theological Seminary.relates how North American churches can embody cultural imperialism with a very paternalistic attitude to spiritually healthy, vibrant and doctrinally orthodox African churches. With a sad irony he remarks Ironically, as gays and lesbians “come out” daily in the West, those who adhere to biblical teaching are retreating into the closets. Choice is deified, yet a kind of totalitarianism seems to be emerging...
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Raising Up the Next Generation of Black and Reformed Leaders

I have a personal passion for leadership and young people. For this reason, I raise the question: What are we doing in our churches to intentionally raise up young Black and Reformed leaders?

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How To Talk with Your Kids About Charleston

In the wake of the Charleston shooting, many parents are wondering, "How can I talk with my kids about this? How much can they handle? How soon?"

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2015 A Time and Chance to Listen and Be Heard

I pray that Black and Reformed Members and Churches use The Network as a Forum to discuss issues, needs and concerns.
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How do churches grow in everchallenging environments ?

This questions is vital to the survival of all congregations, not just predominantly Black Reformed congregations. Open honest discussion concerning all congregations who have Black/African American/African National members is needed. And after open honest discussion substantive action is required to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all members.
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FREE Webinar: Raising & Mentoring Black Teen Boys

I got this from my pastor and thought others might be interested: Presented by Rev. Dr. James C. Perkins Hosted by Judson Press DATE: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 TIME: 10:00 a.m. E.S.T. REGISTER: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/736948737 MORE: Can't attend, but interested? Register to receive a link to the recorded presentation! Based on Dr. Perkins' book Playbook for Christian Manhood: 12 Key Plays for Black Teen Boys Judson Press P.O. Box 851 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 19482
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Hi Fronse,

Thanks for taking time to make comments on Kneeling in Prayer.  During our time in prayer we prayed for our churches, communities and denomination as we serve together in reaching the world for Christ.

As a people, we're definitely making an impact in the overall mission of the CRCNA. 

In regards to the ideas you mentioned in the comment section, it will be up to churches and ministries to create space for these discussions and learning opportunities based on their ministry context.   We're fortunate to have several resources available in the CRC and RCA. 

We'll continue to pray for God's guidance and power as we serve in kingdom building.  Thanks again.

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Develop answers about the  Black African History within the RCA.

Create a plan to teach this history within the Sunday School curriculum. 

Center this effort explaining the role of prayer.

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At Inspire 2017 Richard Mouw made reference to a quote from Lewis B. Smedes.  Whenever I hear Lewis Smedes' name, it reminds me of a time shortly after the above Banner article was written and he contacted me for two reasons:  to ask how his longtime friend Eugene Callendar was doing and for his phone# and also to encourage me as an African American woman pastor serving in the CRC. I graciously received his call, and am grateful that he took time to bless me!  I remember some of his words, but most of all I remember how he made me feel!

Laura, I appreciate your words and wisdom because I know you're tried and tested! I'm late responding but now is as good as ever. You mentioned "legacy and tradition." I'm looking forward to our Black brothers and sisters to provide leadership in preserving and celebrating our legacy and tradition in informal and formal ways, along with others. May God's vision for all peoples be our vision! The best is yet to come! Thank you again for sharing!

Thank you, Sheila!--in so many ways. So happy to see Pastor Stan's name in your honor roll. What a saint! Blessings!! jcs

 

Love this, Sheila! Especially this..."If only people would understand that God is in control—we all have to learn to daily submit everything we are to Him."

Thank you Fronse for your response to this challenging and relevant question.

As we look at what is being exposed in our country today (more specifically racism and police brutality), it is so important for our churches to know how to biblically, contextually and culturally help raise African American next generation leaders. We have a powerful role to play in raising up our young leaders and modeling good leadership before.  There is a place for them to serve mightily in advancing God's kingdom. We have to help them discover their God-given gifts, strengths and callings at an early age. It requires intentionality.

You are right about the importance of adult influences and the need for healthy role models in every arena of life. They are impressionable and some are faced with many negative, unhealthy role models.

We pray for God's guidance and the Spirit's power.  I am thankful for the many years of the Black and Reformed Youth Conference and its educational scholarship for young people.  I believe there are other encouraging stories about the good things our young people are doing in God's work.  Every seed we sow will reap a harvest!

Rev Posie, This is a very challenging post and question. There are built in church structures to involve adults, fewer for youth. Each minister and council has opportunities to ensure Youth development.

How? From early childhood, parents and council can form youth to be leaders by including and encouraging youth participation in church events, planning and worship.

The greatest words to build self confidence are "You've done well." Children achieve when they have structured kindness based encouragement. Let youth plan an event, not be told what to do.

yes, constructive criticism is sometimes needed and should be done in love.

Cadets is the structured group that can be a base. Juneteenth, MLK, KWANZAA are cultural events for Youth and family participation.

one last comment: our children and Youth sitting in the pews hear adult tone and tenor very well. Thus we must prayerfully consider how WE speak and act around them. They take their ques from us.

Yes the theological thoughts of former Missional African churches need to be listened to, heard, recognized as we wrestle with our own responses to North American Openness Movements.

 

Thanks John for your article (or articles) in which you are critical of our American culture and the way it seems that many American churches (including Reformed and Presbyterian) are following such culture.  Could it be that our culture is perhaps more on track than the church on many issues, and therefore the church ends up following culture?  If I remember correctly it was the southern USA (the Bible belt) that advocated for slavery and the liberal north that fought against it.  It was also Christians who were in the forefront of opposing mixed racial marriages.  It was also Christians (the church) who opposed women leadership, whether in the church, family, or society. And on these issues, as well as others (such as creation vss. evolution), the church gave (or gives) Scriptural support for such positions.   I think society, although listening to the church for some time, has lost all confidence in the church to give moral or meaningful direction.  Eventually the church (and the CRCNA) will probably follow culture (and rightfully so) on the issue of homosexuality.

Great response Fronse! Appreciate your support and work in the CRC and beyond! 

Pastor Sheila is a wonderful person and leader in the CRCNA. Prayer for her wisdom and leadership will be my way of supporting her in her new and important role. Encouragement from our membership will uplift and affirm her efforts greatly.

Thank you Bill. Great response. In terms of prayer support, what comes to my mind is John 15:4, "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."  An e-mail or phone call might also be a source of encouragement.

The same as the last 3 or 4 board presidents have been treated? As well as Americans treat the president of the USA?

A blessed and happy 2011 to all who witness for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Great Commission.

Thanks, I believe that too.  God bless you

Ken

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