At Sherman Street Christian Reformed Church, we seek to be a living testimony of God’s grace and justice in the city.
I work for the CRC as 'web guy'. But that doesn't mean I'm a coder (others are way better at that than me). I'm first and foremost a communicator, so what I love to do is look for ways we can better communicate as a denomination using technology. I get to listen for ideas that are out there, come up with a few of my own, and help them become reality. Examples include the Network website and the Digital Library. I also connect with the web/communications people for each of the CRC ministries. So if you have ideas for how we can better communicate using technology you can feel free to route suggestions through me. We WANT those ideas. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba - go, Jets - but now live in Grand Rapids, MI (much to my surprise!). My wonderful wife is a CRC chaplain and we have three kids that keep us plenty busy.
Great news - Google for Non-Profits is now available in Canada!
Right at this moment, four people are using the 'Church Finder' on crcna.org. And what churches are they looking for? Yours.
This week the CRC launched a new experiment in crowdfunding. Is this the way we should do denominational publishing?
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.
Because of a worldwide Drupal security advisory, we recently cleared all user passwords. There is no indication our site was affected, but we took this step out of an abundance of caution. Here's how to reset your password.
Now can 'subscribe' to anyone who posts on The Network.
Now when you visit a section, you'll see photos of the five people who most recently added a comment or a new post.
Join the topics that interest you. It's a great way to build community and get email alerts of new posts in that section.
This week we’re glad to welcome Jolanda Howe to a new role with The Network.
Here's just a piece of what was created at Sherman Street CRC...
Part of our advent banner.
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The Google 'recaptcha' tool we're using works on mobile and touchscreen devices. It usually shows the "I am not a robot" checkbox but will occasionally show swiggly text if it needs more...
Thanks for the question, Lori. The Network uses Google's "recaptcha" service which has been built with accessibility in mind. Its latest version reduces the need for people to decipher swiggly ...
Josh - Yours may not be the turnaround story you mentioned, but in many ways it is a more important story to tell. And it certainly takes more courage to write! To be faithful, we must remove the ...
I would urge some caution, Michelle, in light of some of the CRC's prior statements which may or may not line up with the links you provided.
To my knowledge, the CRC hasn't developed a '...
This is provided by the CRCNA. But if the RCA would like to offer something similar to their churches, we'd certainly be open to exploring it.
Thanks for sharing this, Angie. Such wise and practical advice.posted on: 10 Things Not to Say to a Grieving Parent
I haven't heard of concerns about this before. What part of the user agreement are you concerned about? Google Drive is widely used, and if they didn't take data privacy/confidentiality seriously...
Thanks for posting this, Adom. Looks like a pretty great tool (and built with a very modern interface). I'd be curious to hear how other churches are using it as well.
I thought it would...
Have you considered a Google Spreadsheet, Jack?
You can give access only to those who are authorized to see it. Those that are authorized can enter their contact as a new row. Having it in...