The Canada Revenue Agency has changed the requirements for the Clergy Residence Deduction (CRD).
I am the husband of one wife (Joanne), the father of four young adults (Rebecca, Justin, Seth and Chara), the father-in-law of three fine people (Liam, Candice and Emily), and by the end of summer 2012 the grandfather of three (Brooklyn, and her new sister and cousin still inside their moms). My working life has had me be an ambulance attendant, a pastor of a Christian Reformed congregation, a missionary in the Philippines with Christian Reformed World Missions, and currently Director of Canadian Ministries with the Christian Reformed Church. One of the facets of my position is that I serve as the Ecumenical Officer for the CRCNA.
I am seldom happier than when Joanne and I are on my motorcycle, heading down the highway toward our next adventure.
The Canadian Ministries office of the CRC (meaning: me and some of my colleagues and friends) has pulled together a group that is working on a cross-Canada motorcycle ride in celebration of the great work the CRC does in Aboriginal ministry and
About a month ago I was having coffee with my dad. In the course of our conversation, he said “You know what, 60 years ago today I stepped foot on Canadian soil for the first time.”I was reminded of the stories he had told me before: what it was like in 1951 for an 11 year old Dutch kid, with no ability to speak the English language, after an arduous boat ride across the Atlantic Ocean, to stand on the shores of his new country.
A few years ago I came across a cartoon that struck me as unfortunately true. In the first few panels, a pastor was engaged in various dimensions of ministry: consoling a grieving family, talking to a judge about one of his parishioners who had been arrested, encouraging a man who just got laid off. Then, in the last frame, a angry parishioner confronts the pastor in his study and says “You ministers don’t know what it’s like out there in the real world!”
What do you think makes for a good relationship between churches in other parts of the world and the CRC?
I invite you to share a story of an ecumenical encounter that will be good food-for-thought, or that will generate discussion.
Synod 2010 said that part of the responsibility of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (EIRC) is: Compiling resources for the Christian Reformed Church which will guide interfaith encounters. Do you have suggestions for the EIRC as it tries to fulfill this instruction from Synod?
From Ecumenical Relations Committee (ERC) to Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (EIRC)
All who claim the Clergy Residence Deduction have to follow the same rules. So, whether one is an ordained minister serving a congregation, a chaplain at a hospital, or a person...
There are different ways of looking at ecumenism, and people have different expectations of what the result of the ecumenical enterprise will be.
Sometimes people say things that imply that...
I really appreciate Lou and Mark's comments. They help outline some of the challenges, and some of the opportunities, that come with the CRC's participation in the WCRC.
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