The Christian Reformed Church and its members live and serve in Canada and the United States. Canadian Ministries provide opportunities to serve God in a uniquely Canadian context. They include contact with the Canadian government; ministry among Canada’s aboriginal community; and ServiceLink, a volunteer placement initiative.
An e-mail arrives in the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox. “I’m interested in serving as a volunteer. I love to work with children,” it says. “Please tell me how I can get involved.”
The reply? “Thank you for contacting the ServiceLink Canada office. Here’s how you can help.” ServiceLink is the volunteer program of the CRC, representing its agencies, ministries, and partners. Have you checked our website? You might find what you’re looking for at www.crcservicelink.org.
Every weekday, ServiceLink Canada responds to inquiries like the one above by linking volunteers with meaningful service opportunities. In the past year, 349 volunteers logged 57,698 hours around the world and close to home. Additional staff members joined the ServiceLink team this year, enabling us to further develop the program so that even more volunteers have the opportunity to learn, grow, and serve others in a Christ-like way.
Rev. Bruce Adema, director
- This past year saw the formation of the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee. The committee is working with Christian Reformed churches to advance ministry with aboriginal peoples, particularly in areas of community and leadership development, bringing healing and redemption, and advocating for justice.
- The Committee for Contact with the Government has worked with partners and policy makers to share with our elected leaders a Christian perspective on issues such as homelessness, the war in Afghanistan, and global poverty.
- ServiceLink Canada, now in its 13th year, has provided meaningful service opportunities for nearly 4,000 volunteers in its short history.