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In case you missed it, we recently changed the name of the ministry topic "Church Jobs" to "Church Positions" to better reflect our Reformed view of ministry as a calling.

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We are happy to share hat there has been a significant increase in traffic to The Network over the past six months. We pass along these encouraging numbers as a way of saying thanks for your involvement in this community!

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in The Network Survey. We received an overwhelming response and your feedback is incredibly helpful. So without further ado, let's get to the results! 

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The Network has a brand new ministry topic called “Books by CRC Authors.” We’ve added this ministry section (thanks to your feedback!) as a place to explore books written by Christian Reformed authors.

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We've created a short 5-question survey to get to know you better. We need your help to make The Network the best ministry sharing site around!

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Today is a bittersweet day for The Network team as we say goodbye, and offer our sincere thanks, to Communications Specialist Kim Chimienti.

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In honor of The Network’s 6th anniversary, we’re doing a flashback series focusing on several of the most popular blogs from 2010.

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When I began this job, I understood the basic tasks involved. What I did not know was how the words, comments, and questions from this community would challenge and inspire me. 

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During the month of December, we are going to be featuring a different Ministry Q&A each Monday. Share YOUR ministry question and find a community that is ready to help!

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Over the summer, the new post form was shortened from 3 pages to only 1 page. We hope this user-friendly form takes away any fear of posting! 

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Meet today's featured Network member and CRC! Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we get a small glimpse into church life at West End CRC in Edmonton, AB.

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The Associated Church Press honored magazines, newspapers, authors, and more at the Best of the Christian Press Awards Banquet May 1 in Toronto. Network blogger, Mark Stephenson, was among those honored!

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Meet today's featured Network member and CRC! Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we get a small glimpse into church life at Faith Christian Fellowship CRC in Walnut Creek, CA. . .

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Meet our first featured Network member and CRC! Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we get a small glimpse into church life at Faith CRC in Holland, MI. . .

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Starting next month, we want to give YOU an opportunity to introduce both yourself and your church on The Network!

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In February, we challenged you to "Write a Caption" or "Add a Post" on The Network and were thrilled by your great response! Check out the results...

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This is YOUR space and we want you to feel welcome to post your thoughts/questions, add comments, and interact with friends in ministry.

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What caption would you give this image? Comment on this post with your BEST caption and be entered to win a prize! Be sure to give a "thumbs-up" to the comments you like.

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The Network is where people connect with each other about the “nuts and bolts” of church ministry. Check out these posts (about the “nuts and bolts” of ministry) that have stood the test of time.

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On February 8, The Network will officially turn 5 years old! Your participation makes The Network special. For this reason, we want to acknowledge YOU by offering snazzy badges for your profile!

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The New Year always brings out all of the Top ## Lists and we don’t want to disappoint! Here are the Top 25 most-read posts which were published in 2014 on The Network.

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I’m thrilled to welcome Staci DeVries as The Network’s new Community Manager. In this half-time position, Staci is here for YOU - the members of this Network community. Here’s a brief interview with Staci so you can get to know her and her role better.

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Our sincere appreciation goes out to all who serve in the churches in North America and around the world. You’re the reason that The Network was created!

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Now can 'subscribe' to anyone who posts on The Network.

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Now when you visit a section, you'll see photos of the five people who most recently added a comment or a new post.

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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.

Congratulations!

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.  

Mark,

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.

 

Co-chairing the congregational meeting: "Did you really say that!?"

 

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