This Giving Tuesday, Americans and Canadians have the chance to have their gifts matched to help refugees.
I'm the Church Relations Manager for World Renew (formerly known as CRWRC).
I grew up in East Martin, Michigan attending East Martin CRC, East Martin Christian School, and Kalamazoo Christian High School. When it was time to choose a university, I decided against Calvin because, you know, I wasn't going to be in a CRC bubble the rest of my life. So I attended Grand Valley State University instead. I'm sure God was laughing because shortly after graduation (1998) I found myself working for Faith Alive Christian Resources (then CRC Publications) in their marketing department. Five years later the Church Relations Manager position for CRWRC (now known as World Renew) opened up, and my life hasn't been the same since. My favorite thing about my job is helping churches develop church to church partnerships; it's humbling to watch one's understanding of church grow when seen through the lens of another culture.
Five community gardens projects in Kent and Muskegon counties received funding and training grants of $1250 this month to grow their projects and increase their benefit to local community members.
Around the world, March 8 is celebrated as International Women's Day. I have spent the week looking at women in the Gospels, to have a stronger understanding about the Biblical view of women
Now is a great time to make sure your missions communications are up to date! Here's a handy checklist for a communications audit.
It’s that time of year again! Missionaries and field staff are making their rounds to supporting churches. How can churches and missionaries open doors for better transparency and benefit?
Missionary newsletters have been around since Paul. Are they still relevant today?
If summer mission trips are so life changing for the young people, what do those they are going to “serve” get out of it? Might we be using the community for our own transformation?
One thing that has struck me after working for more than a decade to connect churches in the U.S. with churches that World Renew works with overseas is the similarity between them.
This webinar will show how adding a FOCUS to your missions program can result in more people being part of the missions strategy and more effective ministry being accomplished.
I was surprised to see coffee and spices listed, since those are things that I buy when I visit the field :-)
Here you go! http://justice.crcna.org/sanctity-human-life
Just a note that they are probably post-millennials. I'm currently listening to the audiobook Generation iY and it is surprising how much difference there is in this newest generation (Z).posted on: October is the New September
One ministry that could not survive without its faithful retired volunteers is World Renew's Disaster Response Services! https://worldrenew.net/volunteer-faqs
Similar to Jim, I'm also curious to see how churches are reaching out! In today's culture it can be very intimidating to get people in the door without building a relationship first. Any community...
Thank you for bringing these broken links to our attention! Here is the updated link for the Ulungu video and discussion guide:
https://network.crcna.org/global-mission/finding-water-ulungu...posted on: When Helping Hurts
For questions about the reasons behind World Renew's name change, please see this document.
Also note that while World Renew is an official agency of the Christian Reformed Church, we do...posted on: Ashamed of Our Christian Reformed Identity
Great post! For further reading, this post from 2011 has additional ideas: Vacation Bible School as Missions.posted on: An Outreach Strategy You Cannot Ignore
Perhaps it's time to evaluate where your church's gifts and passions and interests are in the area of missions. Finding a focus can spark new interest and help ensure that your dollars are being...
Eric, you are correct that if you go back that far it is a multiplication. I do think that you need to take into account that the "staff" listed includes fellows and part timers and interns. ...