About Me: 

I work for the CRC's Communication office as the Online Community and Content Manager. The majority of my role will be right here on The Network with some work with The Banner and social media in general.  So I guess my role is to highlight CRCNA content FTW (Facebook, Twitter and Web).  I grew up in Chicago, IL (Go Bears) and but now live in West Michigan. My wife Kelley and I have two children: Javen (6) and Kendall (3).

My favorite colors are red and blue and orange

Interests: 

Social Media

Creative Communication

Video Production

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Top Network Blogs of 2013

Top 2013 blog posts on The Network include one on how much we should give to support our church, the love/hate relationship many of us have with the church bulletin, and what roles do pastors, elders and deacons play.

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Advent and Christmas Resources

The following was recently shared by Rev. Scott Hoezee, Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching. Greetings: As we come to the last Sunday this year before Advent begins on December 1, I am pleased to announce that our Advent and Christmas Resources page is up and ready for your perusal at the Center for Excellence in Preaching website. I hope you find the reflections on Matthew, the sample sermons, and links to other sermons and worship resources helpful. Remember, too, that the This Week in Preaching page will contain much more extensive Sermon Starter ideas every week during...
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The Voice — CRC Edition

The Voice is a popular reality TV singing competition. The Network also is looking for its next voice. In fact we’re looking for our next three voices. Don’t worry, you don’t have to sing, but we do want to hear what you have to say.

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This Blog is Not for You

Odds are if you are reading this you have visited the Network before, read our blogs and may have even left a comment or two. So this post really isn’t for you but it might be for someone you may know. 

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Reciting HC Q&A 1 During Worship Service

To mark the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, both the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and Reformed Church in America (RCA) are asking members of their denominations to recite Q&A 1 during worship services on Sunday, Sept. 15. As a worship leader how are you planning to incorporate this into your worship service? Share your ideas of what your are planning or tell us what your church did on Sept. 15th.
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Describe Synod 2013 in Six Words

For those who followed Synod 2013 (a lot or a little, delegate or observer); how would you describe Synod 2013 in six words or phrases? You can just give your six or feel free to unpack why you picked that word or phrase. I'll start; Synod 2013 was... A Slow Start - It seemed it took the delegates a while to get going in the discussions Respectful - Points made on the floor were very respectful. Sincere - And also very sincere about their perspective. Intergenerational - I felt the Young Adult representatives contributed a lot to the discussion this year. Informative - Every year I learn more...
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Just What the Church Order(ed)

Are you a pastor, church council member, or someone who is just interested in Church Order? Have you looked for practical ways to apply the articles of the Church Order to real-life situations? Well, The Network might have just what you’re looking for...

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Announcement: New Church Planting Network

And then there were 15. We are excited to announce a new network, our fifteenth (15th) network to be exact.  Quick, without looking how many networks can you name?

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You May Also Like Feature

Recently The Network added a “You May Also Like” (YMAL) feature to Network blog posts. For over the past two years The Network has provided weekly blogs posts and resources to help those serving in ministry at their church. This is our way of helping Network users discover the over 1500 blog posts that have appeared on The Network. 

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Plug Into The Network

Whether you’re a deacon, small group leader, webmaster, nursery coordinator, or volunteer for any other ministry in your church, The Network is a place to learn, share, and connect with others who do what you do. Here are two key ways to plug into The Network...

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  • Hello my name is Jonathan and I am the Community and Content Manager for The Network. While reading some recent comments we want to remind all of our Network users about our Comment Guidelines....

  • Anton, It is not appropriate to for Network users to be snarky to one another. I am sorry if you have expeirenced that on The Nettwork. One of our comment guidelines states that comments should be...

  • Thank you for sharing this Karl.  Blessings.

  • A recent comment posted in this discussion forum was removed because of racially offensive content.

    Here is the comment that was posted (as a reply to another comment) on Wed, 09/11/2013 at...

  • Thanks for sharing this story Kevin.  I appreciate the efforts of worship leaders who help usher congregations into the presence of the Great Physician.

      

    posted on: Practicing Medicine
  • Thanks Shane for this post.  The Network is a community and we love hearing from everyone. So if you are logged in and you have an idea send to Shane don't hesitate.

    You can also send us...

  • Stanley,

    Did you see this thread:

    Should ministers (who are essentially "paid employees" of the church) chair council meetings or be members of the council?  It still may not have...

  • I have to admit as a congregant I more relaxed in regular attenance during the summer months.  Part of it is vacations, part of it is that the  children's services are on summer break and part of...

  • Our church celebrates the Lord's Supper once a month and it's something I look forward to.  I also appreciate the how on many occasions serving the Lord's Supper is connected to the rest of the...

    posted on: Hungry
  • Anje and Mark,  

    Thanks for referencing and sharing to the "Welcome to Holland" story. I feel I have gained some insight.