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The media ministries of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America have combined resources to launch “Groundwork” on April 18—a new half-hour audio program that teaches the Christian faith.  

ReFrame Media, the English-language ministry of Back to God Ministries International, and Words of Hope, the media ministry of the RCA, are leading this project.

 Recognizing the changing needs of today’s audiences, the programs known as “The Back to God Hour” and “Words of Hope” have been reformatted and combined under the new name. Rev. David Bast, president of Words of Hope, and Rev. Robert Heerspink, director of BTGMI, will host “Groundwork,” exploring Scripture from a Reformed perspective.

“‘Groundwork’ is meant to turn the soil of Scripture and cultivate growth in faith,” says Heerspink. “We’re excited about a program that continues the teaching ministry of ‘The Back to God Hour,’ but in a format that will attract new listeners.”

 “We are working to broadcast ‘Groundwork’ on many of the same stations that currently air ‘The Back to God Hour’ and ‘Words of Hope,’” notes Rev. Steven Koster, ReFrame Media ministry leader.

Fans of “The Back to God Hour” will still be able to access archived programs on A new “Groundwork” website is being developed for Web listeners and for those wishing to ask follow-up questions about the Christian faith. will also feature a look at future topics and a site for listeners to share prayer requests.

Before “Groundwork” launches on Sunday, April 18, the April 11 episode of “The Back to God Hour” will both look back on 70 years of media ministry and look forward to the new “Groundwork” format.

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