Kids have a knack for dropping bombshell questions on parents when they’re least likely to expect them and when they’re most likely to be driving. In our family that’s meant deep conversations on a wide variety of topics while caught in traffic jams or traveling down the highway. And it was on just such an excursion that these two questions were lobbed my way:
“What’s the difference between our church and other churches? Like, what exactly do Christian Reformed people believe?”
I don’t know how you would have responded to those questions but I can tell you that this Christian school educated, Dordt College graduated, CRC mama found it easier to keep navigating her three point turn than to articulate a response that day.
Perhaps you’ve been asked similar questions. They may have come up in a conversation with a family member, a friend, a colleague, or your neighbor. Maybe you’ve been wondering the same thing yourself.
Faith Formation Ministries, creators of the popular Ten Ways tools, recently developed an easy to read, one page tool titled Ten Ways My Reformed Identity Shapes My Life. It’s something I could have used that day in the car with my kids and I’ve also found it to be a helpful way for me to think more deeply about what I believe and why I belong to the CRC.
I plan to read through it with my teen and young adults kids. I could also see using it with a small group (considering each one of the ten ways over a series of weeks), walking through it in a new members class (inviting in guests to share their stories when possible), including it as part of a catechism class, making it available at a church welcome table and posting it on the church website.
This fall we’re celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I can’t think of a better Sunday take home gift for everyone in your congregation than a copy of Ten Ways My Reformed Identity Shapes My Faith.
Download and print as many copies as you like. Or if you prefer colored cardstock editions, order them for a small fee from Faith Alive Resources.
We’d love to hear how you use this tool. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.