Here's a review of Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic's recent book, A Field Guide To Becoming Whole. The book and field guide are helpful in understanding where traditional responses to poverty have missed the mark.
Through Bates Place, First CRC of Grand Rapids is making strong connections to community. One way to do that has been through a joint community garden project. Local television covered the work.
Whether you are a deacon looking for ways to connect with community or a team commissioned to do the same, these resources will help you through the planning and programming.
When is a case management program appropriate? This book will help you assess the needs, gifts, calling, and hopes of the participant; develop a Development Covenant between mentor and participant; and follow up and evaluate the process.
Few churches would say they aren’t interested in sharing God’s heart for their community. This workbook provides those tools and resources that will help you imagine your community the way God sees it.
This book will help you learn what your church can do to tackle injustice in your community.
This book will help you discover the difference between relief and development ministries, and assess your church’s programs.
The Theology of Development - A Biblical Understanding of Christian Mission and Community Development
This is a seven-lesson series designed to help participants deepen their biblical understanding of Christian mission and community development.
Here's a PowerPoint presentation about the changes in church order made by Synod 2015. It explores how these changes can enhance the role of deacons at all levels of the church — local, regional, and beyond.
In January 2016, the leadership of the CRCNA posted an announcement to all the CRC churches in the US. The announcement drew attention to the changes Synod 2015 made in the Church Order.