https://network.crcna.org/ The Network en Tue, 16 Jul 2024 10:18:35 +0000 Mon, 15 Jul 2024 04:00:00 +0000 Apply Now! Online Worship Leadership Certificate Course 2024-2025 https://network.crcna.org/topic/worship/general-worship/apply-now-online-worship-leadership-certificate-course-2024-2025 Are you a CRC worship leader, pastor, planner, or team member who would like to study worship at a deeper level but don't have time or resources for a full degree program? Thrive (CRCNA) https://network.crcna.org/topic/worship/general-worship/apply-now-online-worship-leadership-certificate-course-2024-2025 Mon, 15 Jul 2024 04:00:00 +0000 "Reflections" on Accessibility https://network.crcna.org/topic/justice-inclusion/disability-concerns/accessibility/facilities/reflections-accessibility Churches have done a fantastic job making their buildings accessible. Rennie Feddema https://network.crcna.org/topic/justice-inclusion/disability-concerns/accessibility/facilities/reflections-accessibility Tue, 09 Jul 2024 00:00:00 +0000 A Tool for Your Small Group to Be Present and Intentional this Summer https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/global-coffee-break/tool-your-small-group-be-present-and-intentional As we take a break from some of the regular rhythms of church during the summer, the Global Coffee Break’s Discover Your Bible studies from Resonate Global Mission are tools you can use to help be intentional and present in your community. Resonate Global Mission https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/global-coffee-break/tool-your-small-group-be-present-and-intentional Fri, 28 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 The Metamodern Mood https://network.crcna.org/topic/church-strategy-mission/evangelism/metamodern-mood Christianity’s greatest weakness today is its strength.  Rob Golding https://network.crcna.org/topic/church-strategy-mission/evangelism/metamodern-mood Fri, 28 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Extraordinary Moments in Ordinary Days https://network.crcna.org/topic/church-strategy-mission/evangelism/extraordinary-moments-ordinary-days “One day, Peter and John were going up to the Temple at the time of prayer…” —Acts 3.1 Scott Stark https://network.crcna.org/topic/church-strategy-mission/evangelism/extraordinary-moments-ordinary-days Wed, 26 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Recognizing the Image of God in Every Body, Part III: Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man https://network.crcna.org/topic/justice-inclusion/disability-concerns/theology/recognizing-image-god-every-body-part-iii A Retelling of the Story: Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man Becky Jones https://network.crcna.org/topic/justice-inclusion/disability-concerns/theology/recognizing-image-god-every-body-part-iii Wed, 19 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 CRC World Refugee Day Toolkit for Churches https://network.crcna.org/topic/justice-inclusion/biblical-justice/refugees/crc-world-refugee-day-toolkit-churches The Christian Reformed Church and its members, for decades, have had a longstanding commitment and tradition of welcoming refugees — fellow image bearers of Christ. Our churches and faith are stronger and richer because of this. CRCNA Justice https://network.crcna.org/topic/justice-inclusion/biblical-justice/refugees/crc-world-refugee-day-toolkit-churches Tue, 18 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 How Can We Be More Present This Summer? https://network.crcna.org/topic/church-strategy-mission/evangelism/how-can-we-be-more-present-summer Enneagram. Myers Briggs. Clifton Strengths. As I strive to lean into the second half of John Calvin’s definition of wisdom, known as “knowledge of self,” I find a common theme emerging from these personality tests. I am a future thinker. Brad Meinders https://network.crcna.org/topic/church-strategy-mission/evangelism/how-can-we-be-more-present-summer Thu, 13 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Synod Artwork - Meet the Artist! https://network.crcna.org/topic/leadership/crcna-and-synod/synod-artwork-meet-artist God With Us.  As Synod begins in the coming days, we are grateful for the many reminders of God's presence with us, through us, in us, and among us. During worship, this artwork will be featured on our slides to guide us visually and encourage our worship. Thrive (CRCNA) https://network.crcna.org/topic/leadership/crcna-and-synod/synod-artwork-meet-artist Tue, 11 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 What's Your Legacy? Planned Giving in Canada https://network.crcna.org/topic/finance/contributions/whats-your-legacy-planned-giving-canada Thinking about how we will use our retirement years is closely intertwined with thinking about our legacy. What memories will we leave behind? What lasting things will stay after us? Canadian Ministries https://network.crcna.org/topic/finance/contributions/whats-your-legacy-planned-giving-canada Mon, 10 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 What is Beauty? https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/faith-nurture/what-beauty Beauty – we all admire the aesthetic and beautiful in both people and nature, though beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say.  Often, as our young girls strive to look beautiful, they imitate the actresses and models they admire on the “silver screen” or magazine covers.  But yout Linda Roorda https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/faith-nurture/what-beauty Mon, 10 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 2024 Denominational Survey https://network.crcna.org/topic/leadership/crcna-and-synod/2024-denominational-survey As part of the denominational ministry plan, Our Journey , the CRCNA has contracted with DataWise Consulting to administer an annual denominational survey. The results from the 2024 survey have now been compiled. CRC Communications https://network.crcna.org/topic/leadership/crcna-and-synod/2024-denominational-survey Fri, 07 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Are You Thinking about Retirement? https://network.crcna.org/topic/leadership/pastors/continuing-education/are-you-thinking-about-retirement Pastors in the later phase of their career look ahead to retirement with both eagerness and trepidation. Here are some of the thoughtful things that we have heard from them over the past few years: Dave Den Haan https://network.crcna.org/topic/leadership/pastors/continuing-education/are-you-thinking-about-retirement Wed, 05 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 DWELL Leader Trainings: Everything You Need to Know for a New Ministry Year https://network.crcna.org/topic/children-youth/childrens-ministry/dwell-curriculum/dwell-leader-trainings-everything-you-need When my son was 3 years old, he turned to me one day at lunch and said matter of factly, “God doesn’t like bad guys.” Immediately I responded that no—God, of course, loves everyone! To which he replied, “But he had David kill Goliath!” Jill Benson https://network.crcna.org/topic/children-youth/childrens-ministry/dwell-curriculum/dwell-leader-trainings-everything-you-need Tue, 04 Jun 2024 04:00:00 +0000 Life and Ministry with Young Adults Today https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/young-adults/life-and-ministry-young-adults-today The young generation – my friends, cousins, and classmates – are leaving the church in record numbers. More of Gen Z don’t identify with any religion, including Christianity, than any generation before.  Sarah https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/young-adults/life-and-ministry-young-adults-today Mon, 03 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Faithfulness in a Foreign Land: Reflections on Daniel https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/faith-practices/faithfulness-foreign-land-reflections-daniel In the opening chapter of Daniel, we encounter a story that resonates deeply with themes of identity, faith, and resilience. Let's explore the profound lessons we can learn from Daniel and his friends as they navigate life in Babylon. Brian Tarpy https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/faith-practices/faithfulness-foreign-land-reflections-daniel Mon, 03 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Easy Group Study on The Belgic Confession https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/small-groups/easy-group-study-belgic-confession In my opinion, the Belgic Confession is massively underrated in our Reformed churches today. Trevor Mouw https://network.crcna.org/topic/spiritual-formation/small-groups/easy-group-study-belgic-confession Wed, 29 May 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Recognizing the Image of God in Every Body, Story III: Man Born Blind https://network.crcna.org/topic/justice-inclusion/disability-concerns/advocacy/recognizing-image-god-every-body-story-iii-man A retelling of John 9 (NLT): Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind Becky Jones https://network.crcna.org/topic/justice-inclusion/disability-concerns/advocacy/recognizing-image-god-every-body-story-iii-man Fri, 24 May 2024 00:00:00 +0000 COD Highlights - May 2024 https://network.crcna.org/topic/leadership/crcna-and-synod/cod-highlights-may-2024 The Council of Delegates (COD) of the Christian Reformed Church in North America met at Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. on May 1-3, 2024. During this meeting, the COD spent time in prayer, received reports, held discussions, and made decisions. CRC Communications https://network.crcna.org/topic/leadership/crcna-and-synod/cod-highlights-may-2024 Wed, 22 May 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Summer Missionary Visits, Part III: Making Space https://network.crcna.org/topic/church-strategy-mission/global-mission/summer-missionary-visits-part-iii-making-space What is different about summer home visits? Sarah https://network.crcna.org/topic/church-strategy-mission/global-mission/summer-missionary-visits-part-iii-making-space Tue, 21 May 2024 00:00:00 +0000