At the May meeting of the new mission agency board, the following name was approved by the agency board and endorsed by the CRCNA Board of Trustees, with the anticipation of final approval occurring at Synod 2017:
Resonate Global Mission
Engaging People. Embracing Christ.
A ministry of the Christian Reformed Church
The process of developing this name began in the summer of 2016 and included extensive research into the work of both Home Missions and World Missions that included hundreds of documents, hours of interviews, and feedback from a broad cross-section of agency staff and members of our denomination. Throughout the process, we developed and evaluated nearly 30 possible name selections.
What’s in a name?
Resonate refers to striking a chord or causing an expanding, amplifying sound. A sound that resonates is deep, clear, builds over time, and goes out in every direction. However, in order for any sound to resonate, it requires a source of power. The reverberating effect of congregations and communities working together is only possible with the power of God. This is the power we read about in Acts 1:8:
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Although the word resonate refers literally to sounds and vibrations, it can also connote an emotional connection. When we connect with an idea or emotion, we say that it “resonates” with us. The new mission agency desires this kind of resonance too—for people to connect with God and to experience him more deeply.
Choosing just one word to describe an organization would leave a lot unsaid, so the new name also includes two modifying words along with Resonate. These words, Global Mission, indicate what work the agency does and where that work happens. While Home Missions and World Missions used the plural Missions in their names, the new mission agency has dropped the “s.” The singular term Mission reflects the belief that we all share one mission -- the Great Commission.
Engaging People. Embracing Christ.
This short expression, the tagline of the new mission agency, reflects and reinforces the purpose of the organization. It refers to the relationships and partnerships that are essential to effective mission. It also means that these relationships and partnerships are mutual—that we as Christians are at our best when we learn from each other. Most importantly, it reminds the Christian Reformed Church of our overarching goal, to make sure we all work in concert to make the good news of Jesus Christ resound throughout the whole world.
A ministry of the Christian Reformed Church.
The choice to not explicitly include Christian Reformed in the root name was deliberate. Missionaries, ministry leaders, and the new mission agency board affirmed that this will help break down barriers to collaboration and partnership with other organizations.
At the same time, the agency wants to acknowledge its CRC roots and celebrate its history and identity. To meet this need, a modifying statement was added to the name. Christian Reformed Church acts as the endorser, keeping the source and ownership of this innovative new agency abundantly clear. As the membership of the CRC and the board pointed out, the rich background of our Christian Reformed history gives vital context to our work throughout the world.
We will continue on in our commitment to planting churches and supporting ministry in North America as well as coming alongside churches and individuals around the globe to share the good news of Christ. We see this joining of two agencies as an opportunity to work together in new ways and to identify new ministry opportunities that may not have been possible before. We pray that churches and individuals will join us in supporting that growth as they have supported our ministry throughout the years.