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Resourcing Congregations

What is a denominational missions agency supposed to do?  When they began the idea was that all the international mission effort of the congregations was to be channeled through their denominational agency.  And it worked a lot like that for many years, but times have changed.  These days congregations of all denominations are doing lots of ministry through lots of agencies and directly.  In response to this Christian Reformed World Missions has

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Reparando: Repairing What's Broken in Guatemala

Joel Van Dyke of Christian Reformed World Missions has been doing some exciting work in Guatemala with gang members and others society calls the “least, last and lost.”  Now a moving documentary has been made about that work entitled “Reparando.” It was accepted and screened at the Grand Rapids Film Festival last month.  It will be playing at two West Michigan locations the second full week of October.

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Webinars Create a Learning Community

Christian Reformed World Missions and CRWRC provide a series of webinars whose presenters come with a variety of expertise but under the heading of Global Mission. By using the internet and an 800 number, you can engage in this learning community free.

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NEXT! Youth, Intergenerational, and Short Term Missions Conference

Dr. David Livermore of the Global Learning Center at Cornerstone University is one of the leading experts in short term missions and cultural intelligence which are key issues for youth and intergenerational mission teams.  He will be the keynote speaker at a conference on these topics on October 30 at Ivanrest CRC, Grandville, Michigan.  Sponsored by Christian Reformed World Missions, in cooperation with Youth Unlimited, CRWRC, Christian Reformed Home Missions, and Calvin Theological Seminary. 

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NEXT! Global Outreach for a New Generation

Last week's blog reflected on generational differences in approach to missions.  Dr. David Livermore of the Global Learning Center at Cornerstone University is one of the leading experts in short term missions and cultural intelligence which are key issues for youth and intergenerational mission teams.  He will be the keynote speaker at a conference on these topics on October 30 at Ivanrest CRC, Grandville, Michigan. 

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The Next Generation

Interest in missions seems to vary considerably by generation.  For many in the Builder Generation (born 1928-45) missions was seen growing up as an exotic activity done by a few spiritual giants.  For many Millennials (born 1982 and after), it is something that they do, not that they support financially.  OK, those are caricatures, but they do bear some resemblance to reality, right?  Several people recently have talked to me with deep concern about missions committees at churches with which they are familiar. 

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You Gotta Come With

If the Christian message is true, it is not an act of love and care to keep it to yourself. The caring thing to do is spread the news widely because receiving it is beneficial to the hearers. 

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Interagency Global Partnership Strategy (iGPS)

Many churches which have done a number of short term missions trips have been struggling with some common questions. "We have done construction or other tasks. Is there more? Is there a way for us to develop a relationship with another church or community? What are the pitfalls to avoid and the opportunities to embrace in doing joint ministry? What about serving together in a third location?

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Global Partnership (Video)

Andy Crouch, executive producer for the Global Conversation video series, sat down with two men whose churches have nurtured twenty years of partnership in mission, Chapel Hill Bible Church in the United States and the Nairobi Chapel church network in Kenya.

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