Date Posted: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dear readers,

You’re just a few pages in, but you may have already noticed that RCA Today looks different. We’ve revamped the magazine to better accomplish our mission: sharing stories of God’s transforming work in the RCA, creating connections, and inspiring and equipping our readers to further transform their churches and communities. You’ve been on our minds as we’ve adjusted each margin and chosen each font. Our prayer is that our work will draw you into deeper relationship with Jesus and with each other.

Grace Claus                       Christina Tazelaar

Managing editor               Editor

Churches are experiencing renewal

It’s happening through Ridder Church Renewal, a five-year process of leadership development and congregational renewal.

33 RCA and CRC congregations are celebrating their graduation from Ridder Church Renewal this fall.

64 congregations are halfway through the process.

Where is this renewal happening?

“I came to learn about my purpose, but instead I found a community. Now I know that my purpose is to be a part of this church.

Emily Smith, of Edmonton, Alberta, on participating in The Exploration Experience, a retreat for college students interested in considering how God might use them. To learn about future Next Generation Engagement events, contact Rick Zomer at

Welcome, Don!

Retired RCA minister Don Poest began serving as interim general secretary on June 15, providing leadership to the denomination until a permanent general secretary is installed.

Ministry passion? “For local churches to be seen as assets rather than obstacles in their community.”

How can people pray for you in this role? “Please pray for wisdom, insight, and right timing as I ask questions about, and give input on, what we do and why we do it—while at the same time encouraging the amazing staff of the RCA.”

Read more from Don in the Life Together column.


Pastor Vicky Eastland, on the new peace pole installed outside Brookville Reformed Church in New York during a “peace ceremony” in April. The church currently offers use of its space to three other faith communities

“We see interfaith ministry as the future of the church, and a huge mission of ours is to build bridges of peace between religions. We’re hoping that when people see it, they’ll realize that we’re a safe, welcoming space that they can be a part of.”

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