ctions of Christian Reformed classes (regional group of churches) in the past several months include welcoming candidates as ministers, disbanding congregations, and adopting procedures for handling confessional difficulty gravamina.
Sean Folkerts has ministered with North American Indigenous Ministries in the Maskwacis community in Alberta since 2016. Now Woody Nook Christian Reformed Church in Lacombe has commissioned him Minister of Evangelism and Discipleship in Maskwacis.
The former CRC director of Chaplaincy and Care, who died in 2017, has been inducted into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor because of his “lifelong efforts to increase awareness of post-traumatic stress and ‘moral injury in war,’ and to assist veterans suffering from it.”
About half of the congregants of The Loving Church in Tucson, Ariz., live without permanent homes. On Nov. 13 the church celebrated 10 years of ministry and inducted its pastor, a recent graduate of the Christian Reformed Church’s Korean Institute in Ministry program.
Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa, won the 2022 Class 2A state championship for girls volleyball and holds three state records.
Shirley De Vries, formerly director of Information and Technology for the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and Scott DeVries, a project manager for building congregational connection, have accepted roles as CAO and director of synodical services.
Keller said many of his fellow Christians have become afraid to say they are sorry and admit when they are wrong. Others use forgiveness to hide the truth.
Gateway Community CRC in Abbotsford, B.C., received an award, and Sonlight Community CRC in Lynden, Wash., recognized lasting positive impact after a year of aid toward flood relief.
Launching the next phase of a global consultation among Catholics, organizers noted a theme in responses: increase the welcome to the church’s tent.
CeCe Winans won two Dove Awards at the 2022 ceremony, including making history as the first Black female soloist to win Artist of the Year.
Lloyd Wolters’s heart for sharing the gospel was infused into his every interaction. “Spreading the gospel was his life,” said one of his daughters. He died Oct.7 at age 92.
Bethel CRC in Sioux Center, Iowa, celebrated 100 years of ministry in 2022, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6)
At an Oct. 28 meeting Calvin University’s board of trustees determined to “retain faculty members who expressed disagreement with part of the CRCNA position on human sexuality that was formalized by the CRC’s Synod 2022.”
Wiebe Boer, the university’s 12th president, is the son of Christian Reformed Church missionaries and spent 30 years living in Nigeria.
The seventh-annual theology conference of the Center for Pastor Theologians included speakers Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Russell Moore, Walter Kim, and Karen Swallow Prior.
Six pastors from the U.S. and Canada visited Michigan last week, completing the in-person part of their seven-month Korean Institute in Ministry training, a pathway to ministry in the CRC for pastors trained in other denominations.
Monroe Community Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., was named most outstanding venue for the city’s 2022 ArtPrize festival, and the architect behind the church’s ministry center renovation was recognized by the American Institute of Architects.
“It’s definitely a factor,” said a freshman nursing major at Calvin University. “You see it’s a Christian college, and then immediately ask, what kind of Christian college is it?”
Learning from people who are engaged in prayer and leading prayer circles throughout the Christian Reformed Church, denominational prayer shepherd Jon Hoekema wants to encourage cultures of prayer.
The Council of Delegates of the Christian Reformed Church has endorsed consolidating three global training resource ministries into the work of Resonate Global Mission by January 2023.
The Christian Reformed Church’s Council of Delegates, not unanimously, endorsed a process for Council members to request an exception to a specific understanding in signing the Council’s Statement of Agreement.
The Christian Reformed Church’s Council of Delegates has asked staff for a feasibility report on continuing the Inspire conference into 2024.
The Council of Delegates of the Christian Reformed Church affirmed a co-director model for the denomination’s reorganized Congregational Ministries, requested a feasibility report for an Inspire 2024 conference, and endorsed consolidating three training ministries under Resonate Global Mission.
Congregational Ministries in the Christian Reformed Church is made up of ministries focused on serving congregations and their needs.