Network Newsletter 6.30.20

Bloggers Wanted

Are you a blogger or conversation starter? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We are looking to feature blogs and discussions that would be of special interest to pastors. Head over to The Network and submit your post, or email and we’ll add it for you.

Featured Posts
Faith Nurture, Leadership Development
Courage to Open Our Eyes
by JoyceGB .

I honestly have no idea how Lewis Smedes’ memoir My God and I made its way to my bookshelf. I was about to put it on the donate pile but figured I’d read it first. I’m so glad I did.

Elders, Pastors
7 Theological (and Practical) Reopening Resources for Churches
by Grace Ruiter

We’ve curated a list of excellent reopening resources for churches to help you navigate both the practical and theological aspects of beginning to gather in person again.

Share Your Sermon Series
by Staci Devries

Is your church in the middle of a sermon series or getting ready to start a new one? If so, what is the topic?

Chaplaincy and Care Sunday Slides
by CRCNA Chaplaincy and Care

Use these slides to join churches throughout the CRCNA as we pray for and support the work of the chaplains among us!

Racial Reconciliation
Understanding Racism, Racial Injustice, and the Role of Our Churches
by Race Relations

Learn the painful history of this country, listen to the stories of injustice, and reflect what it means to live out the gospel in the current context.

Community Engagement, Global Mission
2 Learning Opportunities to Help Your Church Connect With Your Community
by Resonate Global Mission

Do you want your church to connect with your neighborhood and reach new people? Here are two learning opportunities to help you do this in our current context.

Safe Church, SOS - Sharing Our Stories
S.O.S. Triggered Tuesday
by Eric Kas

My friend recently wrote this blog post and I thought this experience from her life may help us all understand more about living with trauma and the importance of boundaries.

Faith Nurture
Seeking Justice AND Praying
by Chris Schoon

Do both your lifestyle and your prayers join the Spirit in seeking justice and shalom for others?

Living the Call - Gospel Proclamation & Worship (June 2020)
by CRC Communications

Look inside for updates from Calvin Theological Seminary, Worship Ministries, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, The Network, The Bridge App, and Classis Renewal.

Safe Church, Child Abuse
Zoom Meeting: Why the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Matters
by Safe Church Ministry

What does the church need to know to better come alongside those who have suffered various kinds of trauma? Join us for a Zoom meeting on July 29 at 12 pm Eastern to find out!

Racial Reconciliation
When Helping Hurts and Listening Helps
by Carol Rudie

The book When Helping Hurts has changed the way mission agencies do ministry. But are its steps to authentic transformation relevant elsewhere, and especially when applied to racism?

Anti-Racism Resources
by CRCNA Chaplaincy and Care

Resources to help us grow in our knowledge, empathy, and advocacy as we continue to seek act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

Chaplaincy and Care Director's Note June 2020
by CRCNA Chaplaincy and Care

Chaplains, thank you for your ministry of bringing Jesus to people during this difficult time in our world.

Coffee Break, Racial Reconciliation
We Shall Overcome
by Marian Lensink

This past February, in honor of Black History month, 65 African American women, 2 white women, and 1 Hispanic woman joined hands and sang "We Shall Overcome."

Children's Ministry, Family Ministry
Jesus Cooks Breakfast: Ideas for Sharing Sensory Bible Stories with Kids
by Sandy Swartzentruber

Bring Bible stories to life by inviting kids to use their five senses—at home, at church, or anywhere.


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