Letter from John Bolt, Chief Financial Officer, CRCNA about the bi-vocational ministry gathering happening April 24-25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Women clergy and seminarians respond to an invitation to a gathering in the Grand Rapids denominational office. Twenty women showed up ready to receive from each other and the Holy Spirit.
As pastors and church councils know, obstructionists can do great damage in a church. Here's how to work toward the discipline of holy complaint.
Missional pastoral care is care for the soul—ours and theirs. It is one soul speaking to another, one beggar showing another beggar where to find the Bread of Life.
Why, so often, during my 23 years of parish ministry, did my own actions and attitudes related to money betray my faith convictions about it?
I don't see coming to the table more often as a threat to our historic and enduring emphasis on the centrality of Scripture. If anything, I’d suspect this may actually help the congregation more deeply comprehend and embrace the Word.
I am a bivocational (BIVO) church planter, and it's the best decision I've ever made in my 30-year ministry career. Here's why.
What’s stopping us from inviting Jesus to open our eyes and speak to our hearts by gathering around the Lord’s Supper table more frequently?
I find that serving as a spiritual leader is an indescribable privilege. But I also find exercising this privilege frequently beats up my soul. Check out the "Pastors’ Spiritual Vitality Toolkit" for ideas on restoring your soul.
In this webinar, Rev. Darren Roorda, Canadian Ministries Director of the Christian Reformed Church, discusses the vital link in church ministry between vision and giving.
Peer Learning Grants enable CRC pastors to gather for support, learning, encouragement and prayer over a period of about a year. If you're looking to foster health in your ministry, life and relationships and nurture your wellbeing, check out the application form and overview document.
I poured so much energy into those hundreds (actually a few thousand) sermons, and so I was amazed to hear that the memorable touch of ministry was the few phone calls I made most days.
Even the best seminary degree represents little more than a priming of the pump for a lifetime of abiding learning. The wise church knows this and provides pastors with rich and ongoing opportunities to be led by the Spirit.
I recommend both these books to pastors, and particularly to Regional Pastors. They can provide a lens and language that could generate vital conversations in one-to-one or group conversations with pastors.
This post explores the challenge of navigating a life where the rhythm of family, spouse, and congregation are out of sync with the rhythm of a pastor's life.
Upon ordination into the ministry of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church, a minister will be eligible to become a member of the Ministers' Pension Plan.
A minister receiving a retirement benefit from the Ministers' Pension Plan may need to complete this form for changing their beneficiary designation.
This annual report to synod gives an overview of the Ministers' Pension plans including performance and funding.
This webinar provides helpful financial information for clergy members.
These highlights provide an overview of the long term disability income protection that may accompany active participation in the US Ministers' Pension Plan
These highlights provide an overview of the long term disability income protection that may accompany active participation in the Canadian Ministers' Pension Plan
The U.S. Ministers' Pension Plan serves the retirement needs of CRC ordained ministers of the Word. This summary provides an overview of eligibility and primary benefits for pastors participating in the US Ministers' Pension Plan.
This summary provides an overview of eligibility and primary benefits of the Canadian Ministers' Pension Plan.
Should it matter to us that the people who seem to have the most to say about certain issues Christians rightly care about do not themselves have any formal biblical-theological training?
If willing to share, I'd love to hear what your Advent theme is this year. I'm also curious, what are some of the ways that you are engaging your Advent theme beyond the sermon?