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Last week, more than 840 people gathered in Detroit for Inspire 2017. This was a new kind of CRC event built around the idea of inviting everyone from the Christian Reformed Church (not just pastors, elders and deacons) to gather together to be refueled, re-energized, and inspired for ministry in their local congregations. 

In total, more than 226 CRC congregations from 44 classes were represented. They were inspired by four amazing keynote speakers, equipped by more than 60 meaningful breakout sessions, encouraged by energizing worship, spiritually fed by a communion service, physically fed by great catering, and invigorated by fellowship and sharing with others from across North America.

Were you at Inspire 2017? What was your favorite part? Leave a comment below to tell us about a highlight for you that happened during the conference. We'd love to hear your perspective on it and share a glimpse of the Inspire 2017 experience with those who were unable to attend. 


What was my favourite part? ALL OF IT. Really!

In order... Workshop 4 to Cass Community. WOW!!! Powerful work going on that could be replicated in a few ways.

Food and fellowship... great spaces to eat and meet new and old friends. Lots of time to do so.

Reflective, engaging, inspiring worship... thanks Melody and the team.

The space in which we were in... enhanced community.

Honestly, it was hard to choose just one part because it was all "Inspiring"! The things that immediately came to mind are these: ~ Even though Liz Curtis Higgs was not listed as one of the original speakers, she was a gift from God for me. Listening to her speak was exactly what I needed to be refreshed. Her personal story, the Gospel story and her delivery brought tears to my eyes and hysterical laughter! Thank you, Liz! ~ The breakout session on "Praying Like Jesus" was meaningful because of the emphasis on memorizing and praying the Psalms. Kevin Adams' sharing of stories and encouraging group participation made it interesting and memorable. It created a desire in me to follow through with some of the suggestions. ~ The music, worship and singing were like a little glimpse of heaven as we sang songs in different languages and tempos. It was evidence and a reminder that we believers are part of the larger, global body of Christ!

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