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Transformation Happens One Step at a Time
By Lis Van Harten
(First appeared in the September 2006 issue of Ministry Reports to Classes and Councils.)
It’s important to have goals. They give us something to work towards. The ultimate goal of CRCNA ministries is to transform lives and communities worldwide. Now that’s a goal! How do we even begin to tackle a goal as grand as this? One step at a time.
SPE focuses on pastors who have a key role in the life of the church and its members. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, pastors nurture and guide transformation in the lives of their parishioners. But where do the pastors experience transformation?
One place that more and more CRC pastors are experiencing transformation is in a peer learning group. These small groups meet together for one year. They choose a topic to study, possibly attend a conference together, and enjoy much needed support and fellowship.
The feedback we receive from pastors testifies that transformation is taking place. Here’s one example: