Across the CRC, there are people like you doing ministry. Deacons, Sunday school teachers, musicians, office staff, webmasters, missions team members, GEMS leaders, elders, librarians, and so much more. They are in San Diego, Prince Edward Island, and everywhere in between. Wouldn't it be cool to connect? Compare notes. Tell stories. Learn from each other.

The Network website is all about connecting for ministry. Visit crcna.org/network or choose from one of the recent posts below...

Lucky Christmas!

I was in China during the holiday season, and I saw a marquee that said in English, “Lucky Christmas!” How about us? Do we believe in the coming of Christ because of what God can do for us – bring joy, peace, happiness, love?

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ABCD

When churches are feeling overwhelmed and under-resourced it might be time to return to the ABCD’s: Asset Based Church Development.

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Sitting Down in Other People’s Circles

What keeps me from sitting down in other people’s circles? What stops me from listening to the voices of people different from myself?

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Like Me

In the last couple of weeks I have seen “Like us on Facebook” on the signs of two different churches and a truck dealership. Am I just old, or is there something odd about that?

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Food Pantry - Walking by the Spirit

I'm sharing a story of an experience in Grace CRC's food pantry. I'd like some feedback on any aspect of this story.

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To Be Alone

When the angel left, Mary was alone. To be alone…To have a burden and be alone…Mary pondered the message of the angel. She needed to talk with someone. Then she thought of her cousin Elizabeth...

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Still Waiting for Something Better...

It has been impossible not to hear of several tragic incidents of death of black men during confrontations with police. I have been struck and saddened by the deaths of people I did not know...

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Missions Priority

People sometimes wonder what percentage of their church's budget ought to be devoted to missions. Some statistics from other churches might be helpful in thinking about the issue.

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Ministry of Presence

“Ministry of presence” is a favorite phrase of chaplains to describe how they work -- with or without words -- to be the vehicle of God’s love. Some speak of this as “incarnational ministry.”

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"I Don't Do Nursing Homes" - Really?

Someone said to me, “I don’t do nursing homes.” Perhaps you feel the same way. If you have – may I gently tap you on the shoulder? ‘Cause I’m wondering if turning away is really an appropriate option...
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Memory of "Monkey"

Youth is not always a time of innocence. Sins of our youth can be real. They can cling to us through subsequent years...

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Letting God Teach Through Advent and Christmas Songs

The songs we sing at Advent and Christmas have some poignant, powerful truths to teach us.

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Gift Ideas for the Hearing Aid User on Your List

When I need hearing aids, I’m not the type for pixie wings or steam punk, but I’m jazzed about the ones styled like Leopard skin. How about that hearing aid user on your gift list?

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The Gift of Presence

Although I feel excited to celebrate this God-given sacrifice, I also find myself struggling with the outpouring of material giving at this time of year. When I reflect, I wonder if present giving outweighs presence giving.

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Who's In Your Faith Web?

Here's a great, thought provoking activity for your youth group, small group, family devotions, or even for yourself.

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Classical Consultants

In “Why Staff?” I suggested that unclear expectations may be one reason many classical staff positions seem to be falling by the wayside. Another reason might rest in the nature of the positions; they cannot help but function as consultants.

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Minister Relocations

What guidelines have you used when you paid for expenses for moving a minister? Here are some suggestions regarding move estimates, packing, and travel expenses for starting that conversation.

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Living Out of Blessedness

The opposite of living out of a blessed consciousness is living out of a cursed consciousness.

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Bible Overview Curriculum

More and more adults know less and less about the Bible. What curriculums or strategies have worked well for you in teaching adults an overview of the Bible?

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Deeper with Fewer: Visiting the Field

Deepening the relationship between your church and its missionaries may benefit from "being there." This article provides ways and means of making the most of a field visit for the benefit of your church and its missionaries.

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Last Minute Christmas Preparation

We’re into Advent, which means for many churches the Christmas plan is starting to roll. For church staffers, it’s been Christmas since July. Planning the season starts early...

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Help Families Resolve to Make 2015 the Year of Daily Devotions

Bless the families in your congregation with this free Christmas devotional and plant a seed to encourage them to resolve to talk about faith and to spend time together in God's story each day in the New Year.

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Dialogue and Mission

One of the questions that churches are starting to ask is how we can dialogue with our Muslim neighbors in a way that is honest and faithful?

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Ministry to Single Parents

It is probably true that we, as denomination, are overwhelmingly family-oriented. The question may be asked: are singles sufficiently recognized and do they share realistically in pastoral care?

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Slogan-eering for Life

As a chaplain, I care about people in crisis and try to be particularly attentive to "the least of these." But I sense that we are no longer giving a lot of attention to the immense issue of abortion...

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