Spring 2015

After a planned closing and revamp, Grace Ann Arbor has emerged as a diverse and growing congregation, driven by interest from young professionals in the university city of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Tylor LongWing was dealing with depression and anxiety when she first entered Springs Community Church in 2013. She went to her first worship service because she was having a bad day and wanted to be with her best friend—and that night she gave her life to Jesus.

Todd Billings was in a fog after finding out he had incurable cancer. In the darkness, he came to understand lament—and God—in new ways.

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.

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.

Just before Christmas, several Muslims hosted a special after-worship coffee hour at First Reformed Church of Scotia. It was their way to say thank you. 

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

What’s a Giant Killer award? At Grace Church, it’s just one of the new ways they’re encouraging and developing leaders in the church. 

RCA missionaries have played a key role in the incredible growth of the Presbyterian Church in Chiapas, Mexico, over the past 90 years. Today that church of about 800,000 believers is fully self-supporting and has started sending missionaries of its own. It’s the ideal model of RCA mission—working ourselves out of a job.

Lots of fun things to do draws more than 300 young people to an annual retreat in Wisconsin. The youth pastors who plan and lead the retreat make sure there’s plenty of time to go deeper with God too. The result? A faith-building experience that kids can’t wait to get back to.