Joel Hogan worked as a Christian Reformed World Missions missionary for seven years in Tacloban which was in the eye of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last Friday.
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When churches contact me wondering how they can increase their involvement in missions, my first response is always, "What are your church's unique giftings?" The following are excellent documents to pull together for your missions or outreach committee to review at the beginning of any planning process.
Detachment, even distrust, describes younger generations’ attitudes about institutions, and it becomes evident in the offering plate. Donors want to know ‘how my money is being spent.’ Has your missions committee given any thought to this issue? How do you decide which missionaries to support?
World Renew believes that God calls Christians everywhere to love their neighbors and to care for those in need. As many North Americans have discovered, when they respond to this call they are as blessed as those they serve. By working through local churches to equip Christians like Yan, they experience the blessing of serving others.
We in the West (North America and Europe) have traditionally emphasized a sin/guilt/innocence/righteousness paradigm of salvation. It is time to expand our paradigms. Jesus’ healing is about sin, yes, but also about shame, defilement, and fear.
With the start of a new school year, your mission committee might be looking for some new and interesting ways to promote missions within your congregation. In addition to the excellent missions education resources available from Resonate Global Mission, you may want to check out the following websites.
When I tell people in the CRC what I do for a living, I tend to get the same question in response: Why? And I get it. I recently took a position developing a new project for the denomination: LEAP. Does the CRC need another program to solve problems that are certainly not programmatic?
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend online and in the church in general; it’s the controversial issues that get all the attention. I know this isn’t new. I grew up in the 90s, and even though I was in grade school I remember hearing about our church potentially leaving the denomination over the women in office issue.
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...
New church starts are crafting their culture. One of the most significant roles any new congregation will address is the formation of their DNA. For missional churches, the essence of their culture will be incarnational.
What Does Your Church Most Need in Order to Engage in International Missions More Effectively? Weigh In!
Through a survey of a random sampling of Christian Reformed pastors, the following were identified as the most important resources and services that CRC congregations most need in order to engage in international missions more effectively.
When you pastor a congregation of only 26 people, six new members is a pretty big cause for celebration.
By studying the Bible, I hope to deepen my faith in God. By studying the Quran, I hope to better understand the religious experience of my Muslim friends, so that I can share with them my understanding of truth as it is found in the Bible.
An excerpt from the Sea to Sea devotional about riding through Shiprock — a good reminder to all of us to shine in the darkness!
From time to time I receive emails from concerned church members over controversial Bible translations. The translations in question are seven Wycliffe/SIL projects in Muslim contexts. At the center of this controversy are the names God the Father and Son of God, which we call divine familial terms.
What might our Lord most desire Christians from the West to learn from believers in Nigeria? Here is a sampling of their responses.
“We help Christians and Muslims; what matters is the need, not the background of the person,” explained Pastor Jihad.
“We are partnering locally with Latter Rain Ministries (Pastored by Bishop Reginald Blackmon) to share the gospel in Fort Wayne, why don’t we partner with a CRC church in El Potrero, Honduras to share the gospel of Jesus Christ globally?” Pastor Jim Halstead challenged the Community CRC church family.
Much of my work involves helping churches discover their unique gifts and talents that they can contribute to the work of World Renew. How much easier is it to relate to churches in developing countries when you DON'T have all the financial resources or answers?
Owning the task does not mean that missionaries are abandoned — quite the opposite. When a missions team works with their missionaries to discover a common purpose, the partnership and commitment to the task deepen. To use a sports metaphor, the church shifts from merely cheering on the sidelines to being a part of the global team.