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Before we say goodbye to 2017, let's look back at some of the most-read posts from the past year! 

These posts have gained popularity in a variety of different ways. For example, the discussion guide on Trevor Noah’s book Born a Crime appears first in a Google search. Many of these posts were shared like crazy on social media (including the #1 post). Still others grew organically with traffic coming from subscriber emails and searches performed on the site. It’s also worth noting that some of these posts were published at the beginning of the year and have had more time to grow than some of the newer posts. Lots of factors at play!

So without further ado, here are the Top 17 most-read posts that were published in 2017 on The Network.

  1. Seven Ways Your Church Can Show Love to Survivors of Human Trafficking in Safe Church by Christine Cesa
  2. How Small Groups Exclude People in Your Church in Small Groups by Ruth VanderHart
  3. NEW RESOURCE: Discussion Guide for "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah in Racial Reconciliation by Shannon Jammal-Hollemans
  4. Every Pastor in the CRC Should Hear This in Pastors by Karen DeBoer
  5. 6 Suggestions to Reinvigorate Smaller Churches in Church Renewal by The Church Renewal Lab
  6. Healthy Boundaries and the Billy Graham Rule in Safe Church by Monica Brands
  7. Clergy Mental Health in Disability Concerns by Mark Stephenson
  8. Two Super Simple Advent Ideas for Families in Faith Nurture by Karen DeBoer
  9. Hello, My Name Is. . . Racist in Racial Reconciliation by Shannon Jammal-Hollemans
  10. Ten Ways for Families to Engage Kids in Worship in Parenting by Karen DeBoer
  11. Stop Announcing Everything in Church Communications by Bryan Haley
  12. Praying With Our Eyes Open in Martin, MI in Prayer by Erica Eizenga
  13. Worship That Welcomes in Faith Nurture by Sam Gutierrez
  14. What Happens to the Pastor After a Church Closes? in Pastors by Joshua Benton
  15. I’m Reformed—Who Cares? in Faith Nurture by Syd Hielema
  16. How Should the Church Respond to Trump’s Travel Ban? in Pastors by Matthew Tuininga
  17. As Betsy DeVos Steps Into Limelight, so Does the CRC in Let’s Talk About by Derek Atkins

Does this list surprise you? Notice any trends? Got a favorite post?

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Very interesting list, in some ways reflecting the concerns of the country (safety, racial reconciliation) and also reflecting the concerns of the CRCNA and all churches. Lot's of good discussion provoking reading here.

Good work, Staci DeVries.

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