It has been almost two weeks since Inspire 2017! We hope that all of you who were able to attend left the Renaissance Center renewed and inspired for your ministry. Below are a few stories that summarize Inspire 2017 as well as a couple of discussion posts that we'd love to hear from you about.

If you attended Inspire 2017 and haven’t yet completed this short survey, please do so here. Your feedback will help us learn what went well and what could be improved.

'Truly a Wow Experience'

"I’m grateful to be together with so many Reformed Christians for whom, in the midst of so many complexities and difficulties in the world, we all have this precious truth — we know that our world and our life belong to God." 
—Richard Mouw, Gathering Speaker

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Inspiring the 'Body of Christ'

"It has been wonderful to see that there is such diversity in the CRC. We are a small church and can feel isolated. But we forget we have a denomination that we are a part of and that it is way bigger than we are."
—Sally Fennema-Jansen, attendee

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Inspire Attendees Challenged to Drive Out Fear and Live Reconciling Lives

“Perfect love drives out fear. . .We can step out in humble boldness recognizing that it is God’s love that enables us to be involved in God’s reconciling work. Love will have the last word.” 
—Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Gathering Speaker

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Returning Home

“As a one-sentence summary of how low my values had plummeted, even Howard [Stern] once shook his head and said, ‘Liz, you've got to clean up your act!'"
—Liz Curtis Higgs, Gathering Speaker

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"Go Out and Love!"

“God is calling us to stop over-processing and to be the church. When you go home, don’t be the same. That will be sin. Simply know who you are and who you can be in him [God]. Go out and love!”
—Harvey Carey, Gathering Speaker

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Breakout Sessions Offer Challenges to Churches

For the most part, all 66 sessions were geared toward helping Inspire participants rethink how to do ministry in a time when cell phones are everywhere, the idea of “truth” is constantly questioned, and Bibles are too often relegated, untouched, to a shelf or the back of a pew.

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What Was Your Favorite Part of Inspire 2017?

Leave a comment on this blog post on The Network to tell us about a highlight for you that happened during the conference. We'd love to hear your perspective on it and share a glimpse of the Inspire 2017 experience with those who were unable to attend. Share your thoughts here.

A Question of Identity

What does it mean to be Christian Reformed? We explored this question throughout Inspire 2017. We invite you to answer the question: What does being Christian Reformed mean to you?

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Incorporating Spoken Word Poetry In Worship

“As Kizzy Thomas took the stage and shared her art with us all, I was left wondering why we don’t use [spoken word poetry] more often.” Do you incorporate spoken word poetry in worship at your church?

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