Christian Reformed Church

May 19, 2011

This is a new, weekly enewsletter for pastors in the Christian Reformed Church, including chaplains, retirees, ministry associates, and other ministry leaders. Read more about it here and especially note our invitation to write a guest post to be featured in an upcoming issue.



Diakonia Remixed: Office of Deacon Task Force Needs Your Input

"Are deacons sufficiently trained and resourced? Should they be present at Classis? Should they attend Synod?...Synod of 2010 thought these kinds of questions were important enough to form a task force to review the articles of the church order relating to the office of deacon...We need your help to do our work..." (read full announcement from Terry Woodnorth, chair of the Office of Deacons Task Force)

2011 Multiethnic Conference - June 10-12

The 2011 Multiethnic Conference is being held June 10-12 at Calvin College. The theme is Already But Not Yet: Embracing the Emerging Challenges of Biblical Diversity. If you, or a member of your congregation, is interested in attending the Multiethnic Conference, please visit the conference page where you can register online now. Registrations close at midnight on May 25. (From the Office of Race Relations)

Spring Issue of Breaking Barriers

"The newest edition of the newsletter published by CRC and RCA Disability Concerns, Breaking Barriers, is available online. The theme of our spring issue is Disabilities and Technology...I sent a separate message to churches with a request to include a bulletin announcement and with an invitation to..." (read full announcement from Mark Stephenson at Disability Concerns)

Also Sent to Churches This Week:

Bulletin Announcements for This Sunday
Board of Trustees Update to Churches



A New E-newsletter . . . for CRC Pastors

by Henry Hess, CRC Communications

Today we’re starting a new, weekly e-newsletter for pastors in the CRC. 

Why? If you are like many pastors we know, your email inbox fills up fast. Too fast. And we are partly responsible. Consolidating the announcements we send you into a single email allows us to reduce the number of mailings without cutting you off from information you might want and need. 

But this isn’t just about sharing announcements. It’s also about pastors sharing with each other! Every week we’ll feature a guest blog post... (read full post)


Your Weekly Recap

On The Network

The Long Prayer - by Joyce Borger (Worship Blog)
Who Am I to Tell Someone to Accept My Religion? - by Steve Van Zanen (Global Mission)
Intentionally Diverse and Unified - by Elizabeth Guillaume Koene (Classis Blog)
An Invitation to Transformation - by Neil de Koning (Elders Blog)
Routine, Crucial...and Thankless? - by George Vander Weit (Synod Blog)
Welcome Videos - by Mavis Moon (Church & Web Blog)
More: All the latest blogs and discussion topics
More: Top 10 Lists

On Other CRCNA Sites

Reflections on the Death of Osama bin Laden by Herman Keizer (on
Is 'extreme couponing' gluttony or good stewardship?
by Jerod Clark (in ThinkChristian)
Not As Orphans by Dale Cooper (in Coop's Column)
Ideas for This Sunday's Sermon by Scott Hoezee (on This Week in Preaching)
Forgiveness Before Leaving Calvin Seminary by Ron Nydam (audio from CTS chapel)


CRC News | May 18 - Synod Blog; Muslim Ministry, Jerry Dykstra Farewell, more
Service Spotlight | May 18 - Help needed in Mozambique, Prayer Ministry Trips, more
CRWRC eNews | May - Zambian Savings Group, Tractor Dave on FOX, more
New on The Network | May 17 - Weekly digest of new posts from across the site
CRC Prayer Line | May 16 - Prayer requests from CRC ministries
OSJ Prayers | May 13 - Prayer requests from the Office of Social Justice

Upcoming Events

May 23 - June 3 - Faith Formation for All Ages (CTS)
June 6-9 - The Theology and Practice of Pastoral Ministry (CTS)
June 8-10 - Home Missions Assessment Center
June 10-16 - Synod 2011
June 10-12 - Multiethnic Conference
June 20 - From Worldview to Worship: The Liturgical Turn in Cultural Theory
View the CRCNA calendar for details and all events