People sometimes wonder what percentage of their church's budget ought to be devoted to missions. Some statistics from other churches might be helpful in thinking about the issue.
Changes in the missionary support paradigm at Christian Reformed World Missions have created some controversy. A former missionary and current missions leader gives a personal perspective.
New Film From the Heart of Guatemala City
Through Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) and CRWM missionary Joel Van Dyke, the CRCNA supports Guatemalan leaders seeking to share Jesus' love and grace with at-risk youth in Guatemala City. In 2010 the film production company Athenikos ...
Watching Downton Abbey has become a worldwide phenomenon. Lots of diverse people have become invested in the fortunes of the Crawleys: upstairs and downstairs. It occurs to me that one of the fundamental story lines in that series has important parallels to the future of Christian Reformed World Missions...
Joel Hogan worked as a Christian Reformed World Missions missionary for seven years in Tacloban, a city of about 200,000 people on Leyte island, which was in the eye of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last Friday. In fact, he lived on a road leading from a Christian Reformed Church in the Philippines (CRCP) congregation near the water and the airport.
During this anniversary year the history and current ministry of Christian Reformed World Missions will be celebrated in a variety of ways. At www.crwm.org/125 you can see a painting, order a book, read stories, watch videos and learn about events that will be happening in...
CRWM is committed to sharing God’s Word worldwide. But to cover the cost of this work, CRWM has had to increase missionaries’ support-raising goals.
When Pope Benedict XVI decided to retire, I saw a number of Roman Catholic leaders, including several of the cardinals, interviewed about the kind of person who should be elected as the new Pope. A number of the interviewers thought that the new Pope ought to be a really good manager who could...
Fall is a key time for mission emphasis events in many churches. As you prepare for special worship services, mission-themed dinners and the like, you may find these resources to be valuable. Most of them were sent to churches in mid-August in hard copy. If you misplaced them
We typically think of short term missions as something that happens when people from North America cross cultures by traveling to an unfamiliar setting here or abroad. Recently, missionaries Mike and Megan Ribbens, who normally live in Abuja, Nigeria, crossed cultures by visiting their partner churches
Is short term missions (STM) a great means of discipleship or a huge distraction from the actual work of missions? One thing is sure: STM has become a huge phenomenon. One analyst counted about 500 short term missionaries in 1965 compared to 1,500,000
Back in November of 2010, this blog appeared in slightly different format. It must have touched a nerve because it was followed by 50 comments, one of the largest numbers of comments ever on the Network. I'm repeating it now because we are looking at creating a webinar on this theme.
About two and a half years ago I was asked to fill a one year role as guide for the Global Mission page of the Network. When the first year was done I thought I might just do this forever. It has been a lot of fun sharing ideas with you about the Global Mission of the Church and hearing some of your thoughts in return. After a quarter of a decade, it seems time to hand over the reins to someone new who
Three weeks ago my older brother was killed when the light plane he was piloting crashed. His daughter gave a beautiful tribute to her dad, who was a retired fire chief. In her view he was the "king of the life-saving heroes." Later in the service their pastor spoke. He commented on the daughter's title for her dad. He said that my brother would not have
Christian Reformed World Missions office staff are working with hundreds of volunteers. One of the issues we have faced recently is getting background checks for volunteers to check for any history of criminal activity or abuse. Do you think this is a good practice, or not?
Back in 1920 when Rev. John De Korne travelled to China as one of the first group of Christian Reformed missionaries to China, he could hardly have imagined that his great grand daughter would travel there 90 years later to adopt a 13 year old Chinese orphan...
Is it time for God’s church in North America to wake up to a new reality? A large unreached population is present right in our midst, right now - our Muslim neighbors. At our upcoming Salaam Project Conference on April 28 from 8am – 12pm at Calvin CRC, Grand Rapids, MI, we are going to discuss why this is the time and the place for God’s church in North America to
Reports about missions in the news typically feature short term visits by people with big hearts but who sometimes have very little background understanding. Long term missionaries, if attended to at all, are often seen through the lens of The Poisonwood Bible. It doesn't always happen, of course, but
In Asset Based Community Development, we talk a lot about church as asset for positive community change. In what ways can church be gift to neighborhood transformation? I wonder what you would add to this list?
This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 02/15/2012 In this webinar you'll discover ways to mobilize your church to pray for both local and global missions.
International mission has been communicated most powerfully by pictures of people engaged in ministry and those hearing the Good News about Jesus. Ten students at Dordt College travelled to Mexico to shoot video of ministries going on in that country through Christian Reformed World Missions missionaries and their partners.
In the 1980s the buzz word in international missions was unreached people groups. Following the priority of Paul in Romans 15, such groups should get special attention. In the last decade or so the buzzword has been partnership. We need to partner with Christians around the world to
Community Development or Mission work is not something we do for people – it is something we do with people. So often we think in terms of projects, participants and measureable results. But really the challenge is to look for transformation in the lives of people...
Having raised chickens with my wife for many years, we are very familiar with the ‘pecking order’ among chickens. It is easy to see a hierarchy among a group of chickens and quickly one can select out the higher ranking chickens from those of lower status. Whether we realize it or not, we often follow
Churches can end up with lots of missionary connections. Gradually, and for a variety of reasons, new relationships are established. Soon the congregation has a dozen or more commitments. Even the missions committee or GO team has a hard time remembering