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Jean Browne’s and Jim and Sally Thompson’s enthusiasm is contagious as they talk about the work they are doing at Brookdale Reformed Church.

The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are within one hundred miles of each other, both fed by the Jordan River. But while the Sea of Galilee is lush, full of fish, and life-giving, the Dead Sea is just that—lifeless. 

Before taking Vantage I was in the group of people who had done church for a long time. I was growing but felt it was no longer enough. There had to be more…but I didn’t know what that was or what it looked like or how to get there. My Vantage experience has been an awakening experience.

By investing two years in weekly homework, readings (Bible and other books), meetings, and talking to a mentor, my eyes were opened and so was my heart.

To fashion a Christian education ministry that would connect the generations, Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa, looked to the stars.

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.

Welcome to verdant Bocas del Toro, one of the nine provinces of Panama. Commercialized and touristy in accessible areas, at its heart it’s rainforest—a nutrient-rich, diverse eco-supersystem.

Eighties music—it doesn’t exactly conjure up thoughts of a Lenten concert series, but United Reformed Church in Somerville, New Jersey, has a ministry of music that started in that decade. Back then, it consisted of lunch, a brief worship service, and a concert each Wednesday during Lent.

A pastor is now leading others through a discipleship process that was transformative in his own life.

It seemed like a modest thought: to Google “how to grow grapes from seeds.” WikiHow gave me 10 simple (or not so simple) steps:

To revitalize its mission and ministry, a congregation on Long Island is investing in ways to become more welcoming, passionate, vital, risky, and generous.

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