Heartland

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.

Sunnybrook Community Church (RCA) has been named to Outreach magazine’s “100 Fastest Growing Churches in America” for 2014.

The Movement, a church plant in Minneapolis, celebrates how God has grown the church in spite of minimal resources.

In what was a life-changing experience for many of them, 13 members of First Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa, and Bethel Reformed Church in Lester, Iowa, traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, on a mission trip June 13-22, 2014.

Since 2011, the RCA and CRCNA have been collaborating in Kingdom Enterprise Zones. The two denominations have begun to see how we can be better together, and KEZs have sprung up all across the U.S. and Canada. It’s so encouraging and energizing for me as a young leader to be a part of the Southeast Nebraska KEZ and see this level of collaboration.

 

Nearly 3,000 youth and adults from across the RCA and CRC came together at this youth conference in July to worship, learn, serve, grow spiritually, and build new relationships. These social media updates tell the story best.

When members of local faith communities reached out to offer assistance, a prison inmate discovered he was harboring stereotypes of his own.