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Justin Struik loves to engage students with in-depth Bible study and then see them act out what theyve learned in the busy community surrounding Iowa State University in Ames. The students, part of Areopagus Campus Ministry at ISU, are busy most Friday evenings preparing the meal at Food At First, a soup kitchen and food pantry.
According to Ed Rockett, pastor of Fresh Word Ministries, a Home Missions supported church planted in the now crime-addled heart of Roseland, there's reason to believe this community will find higher ground once again.
Piercing the Darkness rocked the prison gym at Newton Correctional Facility in Newton, IA. Enjoying music with a message, 165 men savored the opportunity to worship and enjoy the concert.
One Hope Community Church is bringing love and dreams back to Philadelphia.
The Church Planting and Development Leadership Team is committed to catalyzing and cultivating gospel movement leaders to transform lives and communities. One part of catalyzing and cultivating leaders is through CPDLT's blog.
Rehoboth Christian School is a ministry to students, parents, and the whole community. Families find hope through a Christ-centered education and through teachers and staff whose care goes beyond the school day.
In Kansas City's urban Waldo neighborhood, ministry is all about who you know, and New City Church with it's pastor, Ryan Pelton, are getting to know Waldo.
The Table, a Home Missions-supported ministry in Denver, Colorado, just celebrated the end of the 2012 growing season with Croptoberfest, its first annual fall harvest party. Pastor Craig Broek and his wife, Jeanine, planted this church to develop Christian communities through relationships that extend hospitality and grace to all people.
While there are a myriad of personalities and types of students, there are three clear categories of students I meet as a university chaplain. About a third of the student body is spiritual and religious. Another third is neither spiritual nor religious. A larger and growing proportion are students who view themselves as spiritual but not religious.
A coffee shop, a garden, a motel - these are the kinds of places where Montana folk are forming small communities and dreaming up new ways to embrace faith through Imagine, a church plant led by Pastor Randy Van Osdol.
Pastor Ron DeYoung started International Student Fellowship to "create a space where internationals can experience God's grace." He organizes a weekly luncheon where about 200 international students gather for a meal provided by local churches.
With support from Home Missions and Bethel Christian Reformed in Waupon, WI, this small but dynamic church is keen to reach out in the community.
This October, RedArrow Ministries, a church plant supported by Christian Reformed Home Missions, opened The Drop, a 5,000-square-foot youth center just a few blocks from the middle school in Paw Paw, MI.
Crosswinds CRC (Formerly a Home Missions-funded ministry) and Grace Reformed Church in Holland, MI, are now partner congregations in a new dual-denominational organization called "The Intersection Ministries".
Most of Simon Cunningham's neighbors don't go to church. In fact, he estimates that only 1 in 50 people in his neighborhood — Seattle's Capitol Hill district — are active churchgoers.
Once each month, members of The Village Church target a park, home, or business in the city of Thorold, Ontario and take it over &emdash; with kindness.
A new generation of leaders is emerging on university campuses across North America! With the help of the Home Missions Emerging Leaders scholarship program, campus pastors are able to offer part-time funding to students who want to test their calling in missional leadership.
When church planter Tony Lara came to faith at age 26, he and his wife considered life as missionaries in the Philippines. God quickly made it clear they didn't have to go overseas to find their mission field.
Two weeks after Christmas break, Josh (not his real name) knocked on the office door of Mike Wagenman, campus pastor at the University of Western Ontario. Pastor Mike asked what brought Josh to his office that morning. “Well,” said Josh, “I became a Christian two weeks ago, so now what?”
August 5, 2011 - Several years ago, things looked bleak for Valley Community CRC. Located in northern Californias affluent Napa Valley community, Valley Community had fallen on difficult times. Membership had dwindled. The church was considering shutting its doors. Today, though . . .
A new table is being set in Denver, Colorado. The Table, a church being planted by Pastor Craig Broek and his wife Jeanine, will center around a community garden and use meals and small groups to build relationships among neighbors in urban Denver.
Destination Church is a new Home Missions-supported ministry St. Thomas, Ontario. Led by pastor Beth Fellinger, Destination is seeking to bring the Gospel to a community where church is not a priority. Watch a new video that shares more about this ministrys vision.
July 7, 2011 - What happens when you mix a group of new Christian Reformed Home Missions (CRHM) campus pastors and church planters in the same room and ask them about their ministrys vision? Excited and passionate voices erupt, as men and women share their hearts with each other.
June 14, 2011 -- Delegates to Synod 2011 gathered in a large circle Tuesday afternoon and prayed for the success of Rev. Moses Chung as he begins his work as the new director of Christian Reformed Home Missions (CRHM).
June 9, 2011 Heavy rain drenched the streets outside as about 25 people arrived on a recent Sunday afternoon some carrying food for a pot-luck dinner they call the LoveFeastand got ready for worship at the newly formed Square Inch Community.
The garden is a young Wisconsin church, led by Pastor Kevin Edlefson and his wife Amy, whose vision is to see people rooted, growing, bearing fruit and being transformed. It is a church for people who aren’t very interested in church – or at least what they think church is. It is a church people come to who haven’t been in church for many years. It’s a church where people share life together, follow Jesus, and reach out to their community. It’s a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, Biblical ministry. A church that may be small in numbers but is big in missional heart.
Danielle Rowaan, a student at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, is one of 24 North American students who participated in this year’s Emerging Leader program. The program gives students the opportunity to explore leadership gifts by working part-time in a Home Missions-supported campus ministry.
God was up to something big at the Jump into the River conference near Orlando, Florida on April 26-27.
This is the best meal I have eaten all week,” a student at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan (UBCO) recently told campus pastor Sam Gutierrez.
Open Door Fellowship of East Harlem is a community-focused church plant in New York City more specifically, the diverse East Harlem neighborhood.
April 18, 2011 -- The Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and the Reformed Church in America (RCA) have announced that they are pooling resources in an innovative church-planting movement that will spread the gospel by reaching out to people in the places where they live.
April 15, 2011 - CenterPointe Church, a new Home Missions-supported ministry in Plainfield, Illinois, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend with special activities on April 16 and a celebration worship service on April 17.
Mar 24, 2011 - When the new University of Ottawa (Ont.) campus ministry begins this summer, it wont only serve Christian students on campus. It seeks to be a gospel presence in the entire city, reaching out by being involved in community activities and social justice initiatives.
April 5, 2011 - A rich tapestry of Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American Christian Reformed congregations can be found today throughout the U.S. and Canada. Its all part of a growing movement of multi-ethnic churches in the CRC.
April 6, 2011 - Spirit & Truth Fellowship, a church on the northern fringe of downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recently lost half its members, most of its deacons, and its praise team.
March 21, 2011 To address the growing gap in leadership in areas of the Christian Reformed Church, Christian Reformed Church Home Missions is acting as a regional catalyst by equipping trained coaches to come alongside leaders and congregations.
March 14, 2011 - Open Door Fellowship of East Harlem is a community-focused church plant in New York City more specifically, the diverse East Harlem neighborhood. Recently, Pastor Johnny asked one of his members to share her God journey and how she came to this small new church in East Harlem. Minerva shares:
Planting a church today isnt just about starting a single new congregation its about creating healthy churches that reproduce.
February 24, 2011 The Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church in North America voted unanimously on Thursday to appoint Rev. Moses Chung as the next director of Christian Reformed Home Missions.
February 23, 2011 - By Grace Alone is a church plant located in the Frankford neighborhood of north Philadelphia. Its mission is to seek and save the lost by transforming the hearts and minds of the men, women and children with the truth of Gods Word and the power of Jesus life. The church strives to be a place where people feel accepted and then are sent out transformed and equipped to share the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ.
February 23, 2011 - Personal renewal and understanding the real gospel is exactly what Jennifer needed. Several weeks before Christmas, someone told the New York City woman about City Grace Church and the churchs upcoming Alpha evangelism course. Pastor Ben Spalink says, She eagerly accepted an invitation to meet with me following worship. Over tears in a crowed coffee shop, Jennifer shared about her long struggle for meaning and purpose.
February 7, 2011 - "I see the Ethnic Ministry Council as an answer to prayer," says Javier Torres. "It allows us an opportunity to break down walls. . .
Pastor Allen Drew, who leads Philadelphia church plant Mt. Airy Community Church, wanted an office. Tired of working from home, he sought a place where he could write sermons, answer calls, and study Scripture in private.
January 25, 2011 - Is your church in need of revitalization? A new conference co-sponsored by the CRC and Reformed Church in America might give you some great ideas for a "fresh start."
January 18, 2011 - Every Saturday night, hip hop music rumbles out of the windows of Holland, Michigans Imagine Fellowship Church. Inside the sanctuary, young African-American men play video games, dance, eat, and listen to the gospel.
January 13, 2011 -- For more than 50 years, Rev. Al Mulder has been working with others to help change the face and character of the Christian Reformed Church and help it to become a more multiracial denomination.
January 2, 2011 - Twenty-five Christian Reformed Church pastors together with other ministry leaders have participated in a series of retreats called "The Deeper Journey" over the last two years in which many of them found renewal, refreshment and recommitted themselves to ministry. Offered through the Great Lakes Region of Christian Reformed Home Missions, the program is a two-year "journey into greater intimacy with God" . . .
God is at work in Philadelphia! Seven new churches, supported by Home Missions, have sprouted on various corners of Americas 6th-largest city. And a new school for training urban church planters was recently launched.
"Victor said that the fruits that he has seen in us are that we love our neighbors, that we love our community, that weve invited him in, prayed for him, shared Gods word with him and helped him with his alcoholism."
"I KNOW THAT GOD'S TRANSFORMATION IN MY LIFE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN . . ." "I have always called myself a Christian, I grew up in a Christian family, and went to a Christian school. But through high school, as I grew older and less sure in my faith..."
Born in China and raised in South Africa, John came to the University of Iowa in January 2007 to finish his undergraduate studies. A friend of his mothers in Taiwan told him about Geneva Campus Ministry, because she was a part of it when she was at UI many years ago. I welcomed him the first week he arrived on campus, and he said:
With November designated as Native American Heritage Month in the United States, we thought it was a good time to speak with Stanley Jim, Native American ethnic leader for Home Missions.
December 2, 2010 - Korean church planter Jung Suh is building a Home Missions-supported multicultural ministry at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Suh, who . . .
November 30, 2010 - Christian Reformed Home Missions and the Reformed Church of America recently hosted the event Becoming an Apprentice of Jesus, which centered on a book series by keynote speaker James Bryan Smith.
November 15, 2010 Allen Likkel and his wife, Lynn, have worked in communities all over North America for many years planting churches, nurturing these churches along and developing new church leaders.
October 26, 2010 - Right now, in communities like Toronto, Ontario and Seattle, Washington (pictured), a diverse mix of church planters, pastors, campus ministers, and other church leaders are meeting together deliberately, often once a month.
October 11, 2010 - Two Christian Reformed Home Missions church plants,CrossWay Church in Vancouver and Encounter Church in Grand Rapids,capitalized on the date to launch their weekly worship services Sunday.
This October 10, 2010 is 10/10/10 a date which October 4, 2010 - only happens once in a lifetime. Out of this unique calendar date a multi-denominational initiative has been developed: the 10-10-10 Initiative (www.101010initiative.org). Its a movement to emphasize the importance of church planting during the fall season of 2010.
October 4, 2010 - As pastor of Open Door Fellowship of East Harlem, Johnny Acevedo is committed to presenting the gospel in the context of the neighborhood in which he lives. In a northern Manhattan neighborhood filled with poverty, crime, and substance abuse, thats no easy task, but Johnny and his wife Melanie have proven that theyre up to the challenge.
September 29, 2010 - Christ Above All: Engaging with the Challenge of Islam by Doctor Daniel Shayesteh
At the start of each academic year, Calvin Theological Seminary holds a convocation ceremony, welcoming the students back from the summer. Carl Bosma, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, delivered this years convocation speech, entitled "Church Planters or Undertakers. "
September 23, 2010 - As pastor of The Well, a Home Missions-supported church plant located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Ron VandenBrink sees his share of students. In fact, there are 30,000 of them attending the nearby University of British Columbia Okanagan, so its not uncommon to see a few at Sunday worship.
September 2, 2010 "Giants" were slain at the recent Urban Youth Convention in Muskegon, Mich. The 10th annual event, sponsored by Christian Reformed Home Missions, was themed on the story of David and Goliath.
August 31, 2010 - Christian Reformed Home Missions is hiring a new advancement director.
August 23, 2010 - More than one dozen new churches and campus ministries, from small-town Ontario to inner-city Philadelphia, are among the new work that Christian Reformed Home Missions is helping to start in the fiscal year 2010-2011.
August 17, 2010 - A new book written by campus minister Rolf Bouma looks at how Christians can use the gifts of money, time, talents, creation, and grace to give thanks to God.
August 11, 2010 - Several years ago, when Kory Plockmeyer was a graduate student at the University of Florida, he longed to be a part of an on-campus faith community. "Graduate school can be an especially trying time for students. Christians like myself who pursue advanced degrees can often feel isolated," he says.
August 5, 2010 - One recent hot Michigan summer night, more than 2,000 people chowed down on hot dogs, played carnival games, listened to live music, and checked out classic cars.
July 19, 2010 Although his new multicultural church in East Waterloo, Iowa is barely a year old, Pastor Reggie Haywood already sees God at work.
July 15, 2010 - My view of the world has gotten larger and it reminded me that the world is a very diverse place. There are billions of people in the world who do not believe that Jesus is Lord. I feel like this year I was forced to live in this mysterious and confusing tension: how is it that Jesus is Lord and yet billions of people do not know him or confess him as Lord?
The Emerging Leader program, sponsored by Home Missions, gives students an opportunity to be part-time leaders in a campus ministry.
July 8, 2010 - Church Planting Opportunity in Milton, Ontario
July 8, 2010 - There is something good happening in Thorold right now, and Im going to take you to a new church in the city. Its more of a movement than a Church really. But when I think of Church, I tend to think of sitting, standing and kneeling in a hard wooden pew in an old building with stagnant air, listening to the word of God for what can sometimes feel like hours.
June 30, 2010 - Ministry at Straightway does not stop with church activities. In addition to each Sunday worship service and message, the church provides transportation to and from church, a substantial meal and plates of food to take home. There is also a radio broadcast, website, and a social justice conference.
Ben Vandezande, interim director of Christian Reformed Home Missions, has accepted an offer to continue in his role until June 2011 in order to help guide the transition to a new director for the agency.
June 15, 2010 - Synod, the bi-national assembly of ministers and elders of the Christian Reformed Church, has officially endorsed this coming Reformation Sunday and Easter Sunday as days that offerings are to be taken for Christian Reformed Home Missions.
June 14, 2010 - Last week, 15 nervously excited potential church planters and their spouses gathered at Evergreen Ministries in Hudsonville, Michigan for three intense days of assessment. A time of discovery was about to begin.
June 7, 2010 Pastor Eric Dirksen says he was still groggy and sipping coffee on a recent Saturday morning when he stepped onto the campus of Sacramento City College to participate in the citys annual Homeless Connect day.
"What if the regional vision of Home Missions was your idea?" This statement, posted on a large postcard, was recently sent to dozens of church leaders and classis representatives in the Home Missions Great Lakes region.
Ontario entrepreneur Mark Wallace has been hired as the new Educational Ministries Goal Specialist for Christian Reformed Home Missions. Wallace, a native of London, Ontario, will work to champion campus ministry as an integral part of the mission of Home Missions and the CRCNA.
More than 150 church planters and other leaders from both the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America gathered together recently to focus on growing new churches together.
Join Seattle church planter Ben Katt as he takes you inside the brand new worship space of Awake church and shares his vision for this dynamic new urban Seattle ministry.
Six young, energetic pastors attended Home Missions recent orientation for new church planters, sharing stories of how God is already at work through their ministries.
The sound of three gunshots interrupted a recent Wednesday afternoon Bible study at Many Peoples Church in Chicago. But those in the Bible study did something unexpected in response: they stopped and prayed for the gunman, the young man he wounded, and all the teens who witnessed the shooting.
Imagine what it means to plant a community. Not just a church, but a whole community. Picture a mix of church planters, pastors, campus ministers, educators, elders and business leaders intentionally gathering regularly to discuss and plan how they are to live out and work out their callingto be agents of Gods reconciliation in renewing and restoring the world to Himwithin the city or metropolitan area they all share.
March 8, 2010 - I had the privilege of attending a traditional CRC in my youth. Some of my earliest memories of our time as a family at church were the special missionary Sundays.
March 2, 2010 -- Christian Reformed Home Missions and Christian Reformed World Missions are collaborating on a special campaign for churches that runs from Easter Sunday, April 4, until Pentecost Sunday, May 23. The two agencies have come together to shine a spotlight on how God is changing lives with the power of the Gospel in your community and around the world.
February 18, 2010 - One year ago, Comunidad de Fe (Community of Faith) CRC held its first worship service at Liberty High School in Kissimmee, Florida. To honor its first anniversary, the church will be holding a special weekend-long celebration culminating in a worship and gratitude service on Sunday, March 21.
Ryan Pelton felt a tug on his heart for ministry, a different kind of ministry - church planting. He attributes a divine encounter with church planter Kevin Schutte as the impetus for planting his church in Kansas City.
Jan. 19, 2010 Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Seminary in Chicago, Ill., says church leaders who currently wonder if the United States is becoming a multicultural nation need to know that it is already "a done deal."
Jan. 12, 2010When the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) campus pub opened in November 2008, it didnt have any set weekend schedule.
December 21, 2009 -- Nineteen small group ministry leaders gathered in Grand Rapids, Michigan in early December to become better equipped to help launch and grow small groups.
Nov. 30, 2009 Less than a month after an arsonist destroyed Seattles popular Green Bean coffeehouse, it has reopened in a new, temporary location a few blocks away. The fire occurred on the early morning of Oct. 23.
Nov. 18, 2009 - Close to 100 worshippers gathered for the late-October grand opening service of the garden, a new Wisconsin church supported by Home Missions.
Nov. 12, 2009 -- More than 60 people will gather in Calgary, Alberta, next week to talk about how new ministries are starting and growing in regional ministry clusters and networks.
Oct. 30, 2009 Viviana Cornejo, ministry developer for Hispanic ministry for Christian Reformed Home Missions, recently translated into Spanish a Coffee Break Bible study for Latino woman attending a weekly program connected to Crosswinds CRC in North Holland, MI.
Oct. 27, 2009 The Green Bean, a popular Seattle, Wash., coffeehouse owned and operated by a Christian Reformed Church congregation in the citys Greenwood neighborhood was destroyed in a fire early in the morning of Oct. 23.
October 15, 2009 -- On a recent April Sunday, April 26, Pastor Ken Vander Wall went to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to view an event called A Display Of Shoes For Darfur, in which shoes were lined up to draw attention to the victims of the Darfur genocide.
Oct. 6, 2009 Calvin College Philosophy professor Ruth Groenhout has been named the Calvin Worldview Lecturer for 2009-2010.
Sept. 22, 2009 As soon as he had the chance, church planter Chris Mitchell started to tell the people in his fledgling congregation about the Christian Reformed Church's system of raising funds through Ministry Shares.
Sept. 8, 2009 About 150 people listened as Pastor Randy Ledeboer began speaking about the vision for starting and building "inSpirit Church" a newly formed "unique church" that meets in a office/warehouse just south of Grand Rapids, Mich., in the Cutlerville - Byron Center area.
August 11, 2009 - More than 170 young people from cities all over North America gathered recently to hear Rev. Glenn Hudson give a challenging message about lovethe kind of agape love that Jesus Christ promoted and not the type of love as portrayed in popular culture.
July 29, 2009 -- When church planter Todd Murphy and his family moved to Providence, Rhode Island eight years ago, he was told that ministry in New England could not be successful. It was hard for him to argue with that. "Providence is a spiritual black hole," he says. "People there are cautious and often consumed with their own lives."
July 9, 2009 - Several years ago, while Kelly Sibthorpe was working as a youth pastor, he realized that youth who struggle for identity need to identify with Christ.
June 8, 2009 -- When Portland, Oregon native Jason De Vries and his wife Mishaela were considering sites for their new ministry, they knew their hometown would make the perfect location.
May, 14, 2009 -- Nearly 700 women gathered in Oakville, Ontario recently for The Amazing Race. But this wasnt a taping for the popular television show of the same name (although that was some of the inspiration).
May 5, 2009 -- Twenty years ago, Carlos Palacios traded the terror and violence of an unstable Peru for the hope and promise of a new life abroad. Although he wasnt sure what he should do once he arrived in a new country, he felt God calling him to ministry.
April 24, 2009 - Rev. Tommy Moore says the Belhar Confession, like the Bible itself, focuses on the crucial theme of reconciliation between Gods people.
April 14, 2009 -- Christian Reformed Church campus ministers from across North America will gather in New Jersey next month to celebrate and to learn methods to help support the diversity of Gods kingdom.
April 3, 2009 -- The first retreat in the "Deeper Journey" series, sponsored by Christian Reformed Home Missions, offered the 26 participants a break from their normal routines and a chance to build a closer relationship with God and one another.
March 9, 2009 - Even in difficult financial times, Pastor Juan Pablo Sanchez of Vida Nueva CRC (New Life Christian Reformed Church) is creating a model Christian community that sees its mission as reaching out to and serving the needs of its neighbors, says Javier Torres, regional leader for Latino ministries for the Christian Reformed Church.
February 23, 2009 -- Financial support from two Christian Reformed Church agencies played a big role in helping a new congregation whose focus is on serving the needs of Spanish-speaking people to purchase and move into a former Methodist church in the Patterson, N.J., area.
Feburary 18, 2009 -- Where is God in a world filled with such unspeakable pain? When Mackenzie Philips broaches this subject with "God" in the New York Timesbest-seller, The Shack, the answers he receives challenge his beliefs about Gods character, power, mercy, and grace, as well as his perception of what it means to be loved by Him.
Home Missions Helps Present Talk by "The Shack" Author Home Missions is co-presenting a sold-out presentation by William P. Young, author of The Shack, at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois on Tuesday, February 17.
February 2, 2008 -- A recent conference presented by Christian Reformed Church Home Missions Central and Eastern Canada Ministry Team challenged more than 200 people to focus on the communities outside their congregations' walls.
Christian Reformed Home Missions is already doing many of the things to connect churches to their neighborhoods that author and researcher David Kinnaman suggested in his presentation on Thursday at the January Series at Calvin College.
Christian Reformed World Missions and Christian Reformed Home Missions have recently launched joint efforts to revitalize the work they do by working more closely together. They also want to find ways to encourage congregations to get more involved in local and global ministries.
January 13, 2009 -- Since its formation in 2005, The Journey, a growing Christian Reformed congregation in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, has achieved a certain level of "success." Now at 170 members, the church still enjoys a steady stream of newcomers most Sunday mornings.
"Missional Living: Touching Lives . . . Impacting Communities" will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at Georgetown Christian Reformed Church in Georgetown, Ontario.
When Rev. Randy Ledeboer launches a new church near Cutlerville, Mich., sometime next year, he hopes to provide a simple approach to worship. "The world is very complicated, and people want something simple," he says. "We want to just focus on worship, small groups, and service in the community."
Like most campus ministers, Rev. Michael Wagenman is always looking for new and compelling ways to make a case for Christianity to university students. That search led Wagenman to create an unorthodox event: a theological study group that meets at the local student pub.
After many months of dreaming, planning, negotiations and meetings, the Ionia Bellamy Creek "Celebration Fellowship" Prison Congregation - the first of its kind in Michigan - has begun to hold Bible/book study and worship services.
For the past ten years, Christian Reformed Home Missions has partnered with Calvin College to send Calvin professors on speaking tours of secular university campuses. Now, many of those lectures are being published in a new anthology.
Several years ago, Michael Johnson was starting a church in Texas with Christian Reformed Home Missions. Things were going pretty smoothly. The church was growing, but after a while different people started leaving for different reasons.
The future success and health of the CRC lies in engaging its youth in relevant ministries and in giving them ownership of those ministries, says Rev Jerome Burton, pastor of Coit Community Church in urban Grand Rapids, Mich.
Home Missions church planter Adrian VanGiessen has accepted the invitation to serve as interim Leader for Home Missions' Central and Eastern Canada Ministry Team. Beginning November 3, VanGiessen will assume the role previously held by Ben Vandezande, who is now director of Home Missions.
The recently established Fond du Lac Christian Fellowship traces its roots to three couples ministering through a divorce-care program.
Considering that college students are notorious for sleeping in after late nights studying (and socializing), who would actually turn up for a eucharist service at 7:22 on Tuesday mornings?
September 3, 2008 -- Calvin College French professor Otto Selles will be the speaker at this year's Calvin Worldview Lectureship, a lecture series that seeks to communicate a Reformed Christian perspective on academics and culture.
Aug. 26, 2008 -- In the late 1970s, Phonh Sinbondit and his family were living in Laos when Communists took over the country.
August 19, 2008 -- More than a dozen multicultural ministries are among the 20 new churches that Christian Reformed Home Missions will help to start in the fiscal year 200809.
Aug. 5, 2008 -- Pastor Ed Rockett has a vision of using music, dance, drama and theater as a way to address the needs of people attending Sunday worship at his new Christian Reformed Church congregation on the south side of Chicago, Ill.
July 25, 2008 -- The Christian Reformed Church in North America on Friday announced that Ben Vandezande will take over this fall as interim director of Christian Reformed Home Missions. Vandezande currently serves as Home Missions regional team leader for Eastern Canada. He will replace John Rozeboom, who has been director of CRHM for 22 years.
Susan LaClear grew up in a Christian home in Holland, Mich., and attended Christian schools from kindergarten through high school. But she never understood Gods call on her life until she went to a secular college, the University of Michigan.
Clarence Presley and Rik Stevenson are building their congregations by following the lead of Jesus who took his message to the people where they lived, worked and relaxed.
It poured rain all day this past Saturday outside of the conference center in Lombard, Ill., at which 500-plus people gathered for an event presented by Christian Reformed Home Missions.
Even though gas prices continue to climb at an alarming rate, plenty of people will still be heading to Lombard, Ill., next month for In Community, Christian Reformed Home Missions Small Group & Evangelism Conference.
You might not think of an empty suburban movie theater as an uplifting place to spend a Sunday morning. But if you happened upon the AMC Theater at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on the first Sunday of the month, you'd step into a full-on, roof-raising, multicultural celebration of Jesus.
Just over a year ago, Rev. Victor Ko was happily and faithfully serving Third CRC, the Kalamazoo, Michigan congregation he'd led since 1999. But then came the call. "I felt the Lord calling me to go plant a new church," Ko says. "He told me to gather people together in Jesus' name."
The Fund for Theological Education has given a $12,000 leadership development grant to a pair of Christian Reformed Church in North America congregations that have been working together in youth ministry, according to a press release sent out this week by the FTE.
August 5, 2010 - One recent hot Michigan summer night, more than 2,000 people chowed down on hot dogs, played carnival games, listened to live music, and checked out classic cars.