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I want to take an opportunity just to thank everyone who has worked on creating the Network, keeping it up and running, and those who take the time to serve as guides for all the rest of us. I want you to know that I read the Network almost every day and in lots of areas. God is working through all of you at CRCNA and the pastors, other church leaders, and church members who are confident enough to start posts or make comments. I receive many blessings and reassurances from what I see there -- especially the Disability Concerns, worship, youth ministry, and pastor areas. I receive a lot of...
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Very interesting list, in some ways reflecting the concerns of the country (safety, racial reconciliation) and also reflecting the concerns of the CRCNA and all churches. Lot's of good discussion provoking reading here.

Good work, Staci DeVries.

If terminology is important and needs to reflect Christian ministry values, then may I suggest we drop the term "Human Resources?" That used to be called "Personel" or something like it.  Humans may never be regarded as resources.  How did the CRC get into that kind of secular terminology. Every time I see that term, I get upset.  Please, someone, do away with it and either go back to the previous term or be creative and think of something new that reflects our understanding of human beings and of workers.

Hi Harry, 

Thanks for the comment. I believe the article you are referring to is CRC Launches Search for New Mission Agency Director and the feedback can be sent to communications@crcna.org. However, I think you have a great idea to instead have conversation take place on The Network! 

Thanks for sharing this post on the search. I left a comment asking if there are any specific questions or thoughts you wanted to share related to the search for a director for the New Missions Agency. A specific question may spark conversation or discussion on this search. 

Thanks again!

I could not provide feed back on the following article because computer gave some message that it could not be done here is the top paragraph of the article:

""""""""""""October 26, 2016

The Christian Reformed Church in North America has launched a search for a person to serve as the director for the new agency being formed by the unification of Christian Reformed Home Missions and Christian Reformed World Missions.

In opening the search for the director, the CRCNA’s Board of Trustees (BOT) in late September approved a job description and asked that an announcement be posted about the position. In addition, a website detailing qualifications for the job is available at crcna.org/NMAdirector.""""""""""""""""""

When clicked on the line below, which was the last line in the article, it would not allow feedback... something was incompatible?

Send us your feedback on this story.


What I was trying to find in the Network subject matter is a section where we could discuss the major reorganization that is happening in HM and WM and also the whole structure of the CRCNA.

Hi Larry! We will gladly take any posts (including self-published). Thanks! 

To qualify for consideration does one have to be published in the traditional sense or does self publishing with such a company as "Inspiring Voices" count?  If so, I have one such book called This Poison Called Depression.  It is available on Amazon.

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Thank you, Kim! I've attended several webinars, and you were always gracious--even in the midst of technical issues, you gave us the assurance that it would all be handled, and it always was! God bless you in your new adventure!

Thanks for being a mover and shaker in getting The Network going and for enabling webinairs.  A special thanks for your help in doing mine!  You will be missed!  All the best in your next adventure. 

Bye Kim! We'll miss you very much!

Thank you Kim for all you have done for us and blessings on your new adventure.

I agree with you Pete... to a degree. As someone who reads a good deal on the Network, but posts only occasionally, there were a long list of "HI" comments to get through. That said, if it helps peak the interest of more people in what is available on  the Network, I think it is OK. Think of those opening lines (illustrations) we use in sermons to bring attention to what follows... :) I do look forward to your deeper reflections though!



Three Muskateers becomes Three Must Go Fears        

Wow! You really can see the last pew from up here! No wonder Pastor caught us making faces at him!

Thanks, Angela. It's so great to read comments like this. And it's people like you that help make this online community what it is. Keep reading, commenting, and helping us spread the word!

I enjoy receiving the Network every week. Each time there is something that is of encouragement or causes me to grow in my ministry. I often share a link with our ministry staff as I'm not sure they are on the Network. I would like to see greater participation and people understanding the goal and the benefits of being part of the Network. I would encourage the BOT to continue supporting this valuable resource and to help it continue to grow.

And you inspire us, staci!  

Thanks, Denise, for sharing resources and encouragement on the site in 2015. Looking forward to exciting things up ahead in 2016! 

Thanks, Jeanne. Looking forward to another great year!

Staci, thank you for your reflective thoughts.  Your support and encouragement are much appreciated!

Beautifully said, Staci!  Keep up the great work - you are appreciated!

Helpful - thanks!

Thanks to everyone for the kudos! Special thanks to Jonathan Wilson for his excellent mentoring of me during his tenure with CRC Communications.


Elizabeth Schultz

Well deserved, Mark!

Congrats Mark. Well deserved.

Congratulations Mark! Well deserved.

Congratulations Mark for your contributions and recognition for this much needed work!  Blessings as you continue to serve the kingdom!

So great to hear, congratulations Mark!!  God's peace and guidance be with you as you humbly obey God's call for your life and encourage all of us to love and include ALL God's children.  


Congratulations and keep up the great work. You are a strong and clear voice for many who would otherwise not be heard.

Thanks for joining in! We agree it'd be fun to do again (we loved reading your entries!)

Stan (and everyone else) - Staci justed posted an announcement of the contest winners. Thanks for participating!

Where would we find the announcement on the winning caption?

YES!    do it again! dk

Thank YOU!...dk

Great question! The site doesn't allow people to add a "Thumbs Up" to their own comments so that is why it is not visible. Thanks for asking! 

If you are logged in to your account, then you will not see the thumbs up next to your name (I guess you can't vote for yourself) If you log out......you should see the thumb (at least that is how it works for me). I'm logged in and I can see the thumbs up next to your name (but not mine)

Staci.....there is no "thumbs up" icon by my Caption.       Is it under "review?"

You were right, I owe you both an ice cream cone....40% of them are searching for the text from Hezekiah. 

C'mon! What does it take to get an Amen around here?!

Stop it, you're killing me! You're saying that there's baseball in the Bible? Yes, in Genesis 1 verse 1 it says "In the big inning..."

Due to the absence of adult volunteers, WE are going to run the VBS program this year!

Shadrach, Mechach, and To-bed-we-go!

Hell, Fire and Brimstone

"Hey dudes, we got this pulpit, and that means we got control of this church!"

We're not afraid of the slippery slope! 

Testing 1, 2, 3 Hi Mom!

Three Preachsketeers.




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