June 14, 2017
New Mission Agency Name Resonates with Synod 2017Continue Reading
Synod 2017, the general assembly of the Christian Reformed Church, approved a new name for the agency made up of the former Christian Reformed World Missions and Christian Reformed Home Missions – Resonate Global Mission.
Before talking about the name, Amy Schenkel from the former Home Missions and Joel Huyser from the former World Missions showed a video and presented some of the reasons for bringing the two agencies together.
Huyser said that we live in a new world in which people we thought we would meet on the mission field have come to live next door to us.
June 14, 2017
King Ratified as New Mission DirectorContinue Reading
On June 14, delegates of Synod 2017 had the opportunity to celebrate and make decisions about the denomination’s new mission agency.
Only a week after returning from the mission field in Haiti, Rev. Zachary King opened this morning’s session with a reflection on Philippians 2. He told a humorous story about an idea he once had for a church plant based on opening a coffee house, only to be reminded by his wife that he needed to keep his focus.
“Christ needs to be the grounds…I mean ground…and goal of our mission,” he quipped.
May 26, 2017
Fighting for LifeContinue Reading
Chuckie accepted Christ at the Urban Youth Convention. But he’s still fighting for his life after being the victim of a shooting in Chicago. “It was in the broad daylight,” says Bob Price, Home Missions Ethnic Leader for Black and Urban Ministries.
Price is disheartened by the ways his home town of Chicago has changed. “It was a totally different situation [in the past],” he recalls. “Now our kids are really at risk.”
May 22, 2017
A Holiday from ChurchContinue Reading
“I always woke up Sundays with a sense of doom.”
Becky grew up in a “Bible thumping home,” and not only was her view of Sundays unappealing, but so was her view of God. “God was punitive and controlling,” Becky recalls. “God only lived in the pages of the Bible, I rarely every saw Him in my everyday life.”
May 18, 2017
Church Plant Taking Root in North Oshawa, OntarioContinue Reading
“Gathering, Scattering, Place, and Grace” – this is the motto church planter Jana Koh lives by.
This approach to church planting, taken from Hebrews 10:23-25, was inspired by conversations she was having with local Canadians, from getting to know the area, and from of her own reading and training for being a church planter.
Jana, an American, and her husband Jeremy, a Malaysian, had never lived in Canada before, so their first step was simply putting themselves out there, and being “a good neighbour.”
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