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Be a GEMS Global Partner!

GEMS Girls' Clubs is currently active in 17 countries. In order to bring girls everywhere into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ we are currently seeking Global Partners.

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Join a GEMS Club!

Does your girl want to join a GEMS Club? Here's how!

GEMS
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What is GEMS?

GEMS Girls' Clubs is a place to belong, and at club, girls are welcomed into a vibrant community of mentors and peers who genuinely care about them.

GEMS
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May It Be a Sweet, Sweet Sound

What if God wants us to talk to Him more like my two-year-old talks to me? Maybe He really does want the messy, the mundane, and everything in between. What an incredible thought! 

Faith NurtureParenting
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I Understand the Devastation Sin Creates

While serving as a volunteer police chaplain for the Albuquerque Police Department I was called to the scene of a homicide. Here is my conversation with the home owner, who was also a close friend of the deceased. 

Chaplaincy
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Show, Don’t Tell

As I have been grading sermons these past days (about 25 of them since middle of last week with about 10 to go) I often find myself writing “Show, Don’t Tell.”

Pastors
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I Can Trust God's Providence

Last month The Banner published a piece called "Why My Reformed Identity Matters." A few of the stories were written by our chaplains. Here is Dirk's story. 

Chaplaincy
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Aging: Challenges and Opportunities

Speakers at a recent event in Woodstock, ON, challenged the common cultural assumption that as one gets older, one’s usefulness, opinions, past mistakes, or family history define their identity. 

Disability Concerns
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How Did Lent Shape Me?

I decided to give up eating fruit and I decided to add reading theology from a different cultural context than my own. Why did I give up a food group that the Canadian food guide tells us that we need each day, you ask? 

Biblical Justice
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Alfie Who?

Bedtime prayers with my 6 and 3-year-old sons had led to a discussion about Alfie Evans, hope, the value of life, and freedom. Afterward, I reflected on the question: What should the CRC as a denomination be speaking out about?

CRCNA and SynodLet's Talk About...
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2700% Return on Investment

In 2010, Pastor Brian from Immanuel Reformed Church asked his congregation if anyone wanted $10. Many hands went up. Then he said, “If you take this $10, then you need to use it to help someone who has a need.”

Church Renewal
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In Dying We Are Born

Peter Bush, in his book In Dying We Are Born, writes, “All congregations, even ones that see themselves as healthy, need to be prepared to die, to take up their cross, so that God can make them alive.” 

Church Renewal
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Why Your Church Needs a Brand

Branding can feel like a bad thing within the church. In reality, that’s not the case. It’s not in the Bible so why do we need to talk about it? How we represent ourselves can impact who we’re able to build relationships with.

Church Communications
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Great Congregational "Captains”

Every church leader is a good captain when their faith community is navigating quiet waters. The test of a great church leader, however, is when a congregation is traversing the turbulent seas of ministry change. 

Church Renewal
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Rave Reviews for New Catechism Study

Looking for something new for youth group or catechism class? The Big Question is getting rave reviews! This informal four-session exploration of Q&A 1 is easy to lead and offers lots of activity options to choose from.

Faith NurtureYouth Ministry
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What Do Words Matter?

My advice to you is the advice I’m learning to embrace myself: write boldly about important things, ruffle feathers, speak your truth, love God, be propelled out, build community, proclaim Christ!

Biblical Justice

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