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Posted on The Network by CRC Communications on 11/30/2023

Stories & Strategies: Strengthening the CRC in Canada

Join with other Christian Reformed Churches in Canada to discuss some of the exciting things happening in church planting and church renewal. You’ll have a chance to hear some stories, discuss lessons that might help you in your local context, and explore resources for next steps.

Posted on The Network by Anthony Sytsma on 11/29/2023

Reflections from a Missionary Reconnect Trip

As a missionary with Resonate Global Mission, my wife Sara and I recently finished four months in the US visiting supporting churches, friends, and family. It was a blessing. During our cross-country road trips, we had ample time to reflect on the Church and on American life and culture.

Posted on The Network by Tom Galland on 11/29/2023

Building an Engaging Church Website: A Step-by-Step Guide

In a world where our fingertips bring us closer, your church's digital presence is more important than ever. Creating a website for your church isn't just about a pretty design; it’s about building a digital home that reflects your community’s spirit.

Posted on The Network by Resonate Global Mission on 11/22/2023

Fundraising Tips for Group Mission Trips

Gearing up for a group mission trip? You’re probably busy planning transportation, an itinerary, a packing list, and more—but you also probably have to raise funds to get there too.

Posted on The Network by Thrive (CRCNA) on 11/21/2023

Lent Worship Planning Roundtable

Save the Date! Thrive will host a Lent worship planning roundtable on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 1:00 EST on zoom. These roundtables are great opportunities to plan your series with other worship planners. Come with ideas, leave with ideas! Join us.

Posted on The Network by Thrive (CRCNA) on 11/17/2023

Meet Scholarship Recipient: Benet Dogonyaro

The Multiracial Student Scholarship Fund is one of the strategies employed by Thrive, the CRCNA’s congregational services agency, to develop multiracial congregational leadership in the CRC denomination.

Posted on The Network by Larry Doornbos on 11/17/2023

The Death of Hope, Part IV: The Remixed

By and large, today’s new cults of and for the Remixed are what I will call “intuitional religions.” By this, I mean that their sense of meaning is based in narratives that simultaneously reject clear-cut creedal metaphysical doctrines and institutional hierarchies and place the locus

Posted on The Network by Thrive (CRCNA) on 11/16/2023

Hillsong Conversation for Canada: Whose Song Shall We Sing?

Every week, we as music and worship leaders carefully prepare our orders of service and of course, a part of that is choosing music. How many times have we found ourselves pouring through hymnals and websites looking for the perfect song?

Posted on The Network by CRC Communications on 11/09/2023

COD Highlights - October 2023

The Council of Delegates (COD) of the Christian Reformed Church in North America met in the denominational offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 11-13, 2023. During this meeting, the COD spent time in prayer, received reports, held discussions, and made decisions.

Posted on The Network by Rob Golding on 11/09/2023

Christians Clothed in Babylonian Silk

A decade later, I still remember one of my professors in college telling the class that he thought Christians should not own luxurious things unless they were necessary to do the work God had called them to do.

Posted on The Network by Rob Golding on 11/08/2023

How Is God So Joyful When The World's So Sad?

It is time to dust off an old theological doctrine about the glory of God—divine impassibility. Impassibility is the notion that God’s passions or emotions cannot be negatively affected by anything outside of Himself.

Posted on The Network by Sarah Gibes on 11/07/2023

What Books Do You Recommend to Read during Advent?

I've always loved finding new books to read going into Advent. What recommendations do you all have? What books are you planning to read during Advent, or what book has been particularly meaningful to you during a past Advent season?

Posted on The Network by Larry Doornbos on 11/07/2023

Death of Hope, Part 3: Strange Rites

I believe in God. I’m not a religious fanatic. I can’t remember the last time I went to church. My faith has carried me a long way. It’s Sheilaism. Just my own little voice … It’s just trying to love yourself and be gentle with yourself. You know, I guess, take care of each other.

Posted on The Network by Linda Roorda on 10/30/2023

You Quiet My Soul

Saturday morning while doing some garden cleanup, admiring the beauty of the autumnal leaf carpet, I listened to the quiet… broken only by low-flying geese honking their conversation, and several birds trilling their beautiful summery songs.

Posted on The Network by Thrive (CRCNA) on 10/26/2023

Advent and Christmas Worship Ideas

On October 19, 14 CRC worship leaders put their heads together to help each other brainstorm Advent and Christmas worship services.

Posted on The Network by CRC Communications on 10/17/2023

Church Administration & Finance Guide

In every congregation, Christian Reformed men and women use gifts of organization, administration, budgeting, accounting, and more to provide for the orderly functioning of the church.