I would urge us to face these challenges with the full knowledge that the God we serve continues to have everything under control.
Our Shared Ministry
Our Shared Ministry is a place to hear, discuss, and celebrate the ministry that we, as the Christian Reformed Church, are involved in across North America and around the world.
There are a handful of scholars from around the world who are part of the Visiting Scholars Program this academic year.
When you were worshiping at church last Sunday, did you wonder if the police would come and arrest you for your faith?
Families are busy, and this new resource gives them the room and options for faith formation to “happen in all of the little moments of life.”
At any given moment, there are members of the Christian Reformed Church in North America who are praying.
As the head pastor, I welcomed the church’s birth in 1994 and presided over its closing in 2015.
Our church is praying, reading Scripture, and practicing other spiritual disciplines, historical and new, transforming our lives and communities for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Seeing prayer as a relationship can feel especially freeing in challenging ministry contexts.
“But even in the midst of this newness, preaching to a screen, listening to the Word proclaimed via video, Lord, we know that the Holy Spirit is transcending it all.”
“Is this not what the church is all about—helping those in need?”
As the women grew older, so did their children, and soon the meetings were quieter—maybe too quiet. The women felt a need for something more.
When I served as senior pastor in a local church, one of my favorite Sundays each year was “Friendship Sunday.”
Like Jonah, I thought I was in control, but really God let that little car swallow me up like a whale and carry me right to where I needed to be.
It takes intentionality from everyone. Each leader takes responsibility for developing characteristics such as humility, good communication, respect, and trust. These variables are foundational in “wrestling through issues and supporting different opinions.”
“That’s the kind of impact the gospel has. It’s both immediate and eternal.”
Five Calvin Theological Seminary professors gathered in November to speak about their recently published books.
In the midst of her country’s 30-year occupation, as her mother was dying, the rest of the family abandoned them, leaving 12-year-old Talia to care for her mother by herself.
Now, 10 years later, the site has over 60 different ministry topics that reflect the wide variety of roles and passions of God’s people.
“It was really important for me coming out of (university) to understand how my faith connects with what I do.”
Have we ever wondered what younger generations think about us? What do they think we view as important? What do they hear us say?
When Li walked through the door at the start of her holiday break, she almost couldn’t believe her eyes.
Our younger leaders are asking us to trust them: trust them to lead, trust them to plan worship, trust them with hard conversation, trust them with the budget, trust them to love the church as much as their elders do.
However one is involved in ministry, it is important to recognize these “not yet” moments and encourage each other along the journey. Here are two stories of hope within unresolved ministry.
“Muslims are famously unlikely to convert. We knew from the beginning that it would be God’s Holy Spirit at work if we saw anyone at all follow Jesus.”