Heartland

Tom Smith, the Synod of the Heartland ministry coordinator, reflects on what it means to be fully alive.

The congregation of Trinity Reformed is learning how to read the Bible. It’s a simple step with far-reaching results.

Last July, about 350 middle school youth and adult leaders came together at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, for Power Connection Work Camp. There they were equipped and sent to ministries throughout the Kansas City area.

Renewal has come to First Reformed Church in Sully, Iowa, in the form of a new children’s ministry called STARS.

Heartland Synod executive John Sikkink reflects on 23 years in ministry leadership. 

Third Reformed Church in Pella, Iowa, blesses God for many gifts.

The Synod of the Heartland pilots a new Children and Family Ministry Leadership Collaborative. The collaborative equips children’s directors to lead effectively.

This year, HIS Work Camp came with extra challenges. But those challenges showed students and staff that God works beyond what they can imagine.

Why is it so hard for us to take a sabbath? Why do we struggle to rest in the knowledge that God is at work?

Our Lord’s Community Church (RCA) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is making discipleship a group effort. Through its “D-groups” (D for discipleship), which typically spring from “C-groups” (C for community), the church is challenging members to deepen their faith and reach out to others.

And there’s been enough fruit in the experience that the church is now working with other congregations in Central Plains Classis to help them improve disciple-making.