In these difficult days, I thank God for all of you – and your respective local congregations as we together navigate pandemics of various kinds. We thank God for his presence – as he strengthens us all in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:10 – For when I am weak, then I am strong).
God commands us in his word to be strong in the Lord, and he gives us the privilege of communing with Him through prayer and spiritual disciplines. As a denomination, we have recognized our increasing need for God’s presence. In fact, over the past few years as denominational leaders listened to the collective voices of pastors and lay leaders, we have heard a deep desire for a renewed emphasis on these spiritual practices. That is why, as we introduce our new ministry plan - called Our Journey 2025 - the first milestone states:
We desire to be churches and communities that cultivate practices of prayer and spiritual discipline, transforming our lives and communities by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You’ll hear more about Our Journey 2025 in the coming months, and will learn how our various CRCNA ministries will be leaning into these milestones to support congregational efforts. Today, however, I want to specifically highlight how Faith Formation Ministries is providing tools for your use in the area of spiritual practices.
Starting September 2020, Faith Formation Ministries will release resources on a particular faith practice each month as part of their Faith Practices Project. This project is particularly timely as we seek to discern God’s leading while we continue to navigate the COVID–19 pandemic, as well as racial and societal fractures.
I thank God for your continuing faithfulness, your leadership, and your commitment to depend on God for all things. May He bring us to complete unity as we serve Him and each other.