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Kristen VanderBerg

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Director of Communications & Marketing of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.  

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Reformed Treasures

Earlier this fall, Angela Reitsma Bick, editor of the Christian Courier, sat down with CRCNA Canadian Ministries Director, Darren Roorda, to talk about some key tenants of the Reformed faith and their relevance today. 

Ministry in Canada
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Christianity Reforged

As Christians in the Reformed tradition, we believe that followers of Jesus are forged daily, sent through the refiner’s fire, remade and remaking. What does a “reforged” church look like?

Ministry in Canada
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Is Your Church Prepared to Respond to Gun Violence?

When a tragedy like the shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, TX, occurs, it's normal for church members to wonder what they would do if a similar thing happened to their congregation. Let's talk. 

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Incorporating Spoken Word Poetry In Worship

As Kizzy Thomas took the stage at Inspire 2017 and shared her art with us all, I was left wondering why we don’t use [spoken word poetry] more often. Do you incorporate spoken word poetry in worship at your church?

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A Question of Identity

If you were at Inspire but didn’t get a chance to visit the Idea Room, or if you were unable to attend Inspire 2017, we’d still love to get your perspective. What does being Christian Reformed mean to you?

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Your Input Needed: How Should We Talk About Our Shared Ministry?

In 2018, we'd like to give the "Together Doing More" section of The Banner a fresh look and a new name. What types of posts would you like to see? Any suggestions for what to call this section? 

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Is Your Church on the List?

As of April 19, 112 Christian Reformed Congregations representing 33 of our 48 Classes (regional groupings) have registered at least one person to attend. Is your church on the list? Is your classis? 

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  • Thanks Julie. That is so true. These days, people get asked to complete a lot of surveys and most of us don't have a long enough attention span to participate for more than a few minutes.  With...

  • HI Jeff. I serve as the director of communications and marketing for the CRCNA.  I think a short video overview of the denomination's history is a great idea.  I'm not sure I have it in my budget...

  • Thanks Craig.  This is helpful feedback.  The unfortunate thing is that videos are expensive and time consuming to produce. If most churches aren't going to use them, or if a handful of churches...

  • Thanks Kathy.  I've fixed that error.  Sorry for the mistake.

  • I love the historic hymns that we sing during Holy Week.  One of my favourites is, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" written in 1707. That means that Christians have been singing it at Easter for...

  • I'm so excited to see how God will continue to use both of these ministries for His Kingdom.  My prayers are with you, Reggie, as you take on this new role.  I pray that God will give you wisdom...

  • Thanks Elaine and Herb for your helpful responses.  As I said, I've seen a lot of CRC churches go the same route.  Some have gotten rid of their "Christian Reformed" middle name altogether (many...

  • Thanks for your excellent post, Elaine.  As Director of Communications and Marketing for the CRCNA, I'm curious about why discussions about a church's identity led to a decision to get rid of the...

  • Here's another interesting CRC response to this crisis.  This one was written by CRC pastor, Bruce Adema, and first appeared in the Hamilton Spectator:  

    http://www.thespec.com/opinion-...

  • Hi Cindy!  Welcome to the CRCNA.  I look forward to working with you.