Ethnic Leaders Grow Ministries

One of the most striking aspects of Home Missions’ ministry is the intercultural way it works to bring the whole gospel to people in many diverse contexts.

Home Missions’ four ethnic leaders have formed an Ethnic Ministry Council to provide leadership in this effort. They are Rev. Stanley Jim, Native American Ministries; Rev. Robert Price, Black Ministries; Rev. Javier Torres, Hispanic Ministries; and Rev. Tong Park, Korean Ministries.

In their roles on the council, the four will champion the need to integrate ethnic ministries into the geographical regions and classes where they are located.

They will also have a voice in deploying new ethnic leaders, as well as authorizing funding for the start of new ethnic ministries. As their roles on the Ethnic Council emerge, they eagerly look forward to having influence and making an impact on the CRC regarding all ethnic groups.

The ethnic leaders are enthusiastic about the future and about the opportunities the council will have to empower and direct the multi-ethnic culture within the denomination.

“I see the Ethnic Ministry Council as an answer to prayer,” says Torres. “It allows us an opportunity to break down walls and work in an environment of inclusiveness instead of segregation.

“It moves us from ethnic islands to a place where multi-ethnicity is celebrated and together we can work with our partners in fanning the flames of multiculturalism.

Easter to Pentecost Missions Highlight

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Home Missions and World Missions are again collaborating to help churches celebrate the period from Easter to Pentecost.

From Easter Sunday, April 24, through Pentecost Sunday, June 12, Home Missions and World Missions will share how they are jointly following God’s gospel “From the Cross, Through the Church, To the World.”  Resources include

  • a 28-day, downloadable, interactive family guide with daily family activities
  • lids and labels for children’s banks
  • a poster and DVD
  • children’s bulletins
  • bulletin covers and inserts

For more information, visit www.crcna.org/fromcrossthroughchurchtoworld.

About the Author

Ben Van Houten is a senior writer for Christian Reformed Home Missions.
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