Network Newsletter 7.7.20

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Global Mission, Youth Ministry
When Your Summer Mission Trip Is Cancelled
by Randy Bohl

While you can’t replace the opportunity to serve, here are a few ideas to connect your youth with ministry in another city, culture, or country.

Faith Nurture, Pastors
The God Who Heals
by Lloyd Wolters

All around us and within us are the bitter waters of human sin and misery. Many people today still complain to human leadership. But we must remember the One who hears and heals.

Faith Nurture
From a Garden to a City: Looking Forward With Hope
by Jill Benson

Often, we make the mistake of looking back for hope instead of forward. In pain, we long for a garden when God has promised us a city.

Disability Concerns, Congregational Care
Disability Concerns Canada Conference Re-Imagined
by Disability Concerns

The conference was scheduled for April 25 at Community CRC in Kitchener, ON. Now it will be hosted as a series on Thursdays in October at 12 pm Eastern. Join us!

Faith Nurture
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
by Sandra Griffith

This is a story I made up based on the miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15) after I heard a song on the radio “What If I Gave All."

Church Renewal, Fresh Ideas, Community Engagement
Review: N.T. Wright “God and the Pandemic”
by Larry Doornbos

N.T. Wright is less concerned about the "why" of the Pandemic and more concerned about the "what" of the Christian response.

Disability Concerns
On Turning 60
by Ruth Valencia

My mom told me when I was a teenager that doctors weren’t at all sure what my future held, probably early-onset arthritis, premature aging, perhaps an early death.

Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Youth Leader Training Series
Keeping Children Safe in a Virtual World
by Guy Russ

How do we keep children safe in this virtual landscape? Here are some tips for churches and schools.

Faith Nurture
Loving Extravagantly
by Trudy Prins

Like Simon, perhaps our careful observances of rule and decorum lead to pride that keeps us from acknowledging the fact that all that we have is a gift.

Racial Reconciliation
Labels Matter
by Sue Foster

What can we learn about each other when we look beyond the surface?

Disability Concerns
Sitting Down With Author Amy Julia Becker
by Disability Concerns

White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege, by author Amy Julia Becker, is a must-read today as we look at the topics of race, disability, and privilege.

Disability Concerns, Advocacy
Terry DeYoung Receives Henri Nouwen Award
by Disability Concerns

Disability Concerns Ministry congratulates Terry DeYoung, coordinator of the Disability Concerns ministry for the RCA, on receiving the 2020 Henri Nouwen Award.

Church Renewal, Fresh Ideas, Leadership Development, Mission/Vision
Church Now Conversation With Ed Stetzer
by Larry Doornbos

In the first of the Church Now conversations, Ed Stetzer spoke about the church’s response to COVID-19 and the killing of George Floyd.

Biblical Justice
Do Justice Podcast
by Office of Social Justice

The Office of Social Justice is excited to share the launch of the Do Justice podcast! Be sure to subscribe today for conversations on justice with fantastic guests.


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