Great Lakes

To Jess Shults it was a matter of laying a solid foundation. She and her congregation found it through Ridder Church Renewal, and now members are living out their faith in personal discipleship and church mission.

The regional synod’s new team approach to interim ministry brings expertise and resources together to help churches that are transitioning to a new pastor.  These churches get help managing conflict, developing leaders, assessing church health, and organizing the search for a new pastor.

Women at a church in Midland, Michigan, love to bless and support young single moms. “To walk beside a young mom, encouraging her in her life’s journey, is one of the biggest blessings of my life,” says Merci Danielson. 

Danielson mentors moms through Young Livesan outreach program of Young Life that her church, Midland Reformed, hosts during the school year. “We have club two times each month where countless women and men [from churches around Midland] serve as mentors, club helpers, childcare workers, and also provide some of the meals we enjoy each club,” she says.

Church cooperation is on the rise in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and leading to powerful reconciliation. For a week each summer, churches work together on Jesus Loves Kalamazoo, an effort to engage neighbors and reach out through free outdoor barbecues.

A church with a long history of raising up leaders and sending missionaries is expressing that heritage of evangelism in a new way—by planting new churches.

Fabulous. That's the word pastor Wes Tillett uses to describe the launch of Voyage Church in September.

Thanks to one woman's response to God's calling, thousands of school kids in West Michigan no longer go hungry on the weekend.

Toby Gruppen describes worship at LifeQuest, an RCA church plant in Holland, Michigan, as laid back and casual.

Prayer took center stage at a November event in Byron Center, Michigan.

“Fanning the Flame: Rekindling Our Heritage of Prayer” was a joint effort of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America.

Outreach in Wyoming, Michigan, means dealing with poverty. A new mentoring program aims to help kids succeed in school. One year in, it’s seeing some promising results.