RCA Today: Fall 2016

RCA Today shares God's transforming work in the RCA, creating connections and equipping and inspiring people to further transform their churches and communities.

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From the General Secretary: Love Figures It Out

Tom De Vries urges the RCA to commit to loving each other and being united in mission.

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Snapshot: Brian Bruxvoort

Brian Bruxvoort logs about 6,000 miles every month—in the air.

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General Synod 2016

Learn more about what happened at this year’s meeting of the General Synod. 

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Signs of the Kingdom: Life out of Death

Both in the natural world and in the church, new life often arises when things have come to an end.

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Hearing Again

A New York church comes up with a creative solution in order to include all members of its congregation. 

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My Voice: God Can Use All Our Gifts

Even gifts and abilities that don’t appear to have a direct connection to ministry can be a way to spread God’s love. 

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The Slow Work of Sowing and Reaping

By teaching youth to farm, bake, and sell their wares, New City Neighbors equips them to change Grand Rapids.

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Platform: General Synod: More Than a Meeting

There are lots of reasons to say “no” to attending General Synod, but the experience can be a blessing—as one delegate has discovered. 

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The Latest: Fall 2016

God at work through kohlrabi, the Called campaign, a volunteer toolkit, church multiplication practices, and local mission.

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Platform: Walking into the Unknown

Stepping out in faith is risky and scary. But sometimes, that’s exactly what God calls us to do. 

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Synod Stories

Interrupted by Grace

Corey Buchanan went from convict to commissioned pastor.

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Exercising Her Gifts

Barbara Pimentel is defeating obstacles so elders, deacons, and laity can lead in her church and across the RCA.

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Leader Sees Herself as Team Player

In a world where leadership is glamorized, glorified, and even the subject of academic degrees, Marion van den Akker resists the word.

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Churches Come Together at Intersection

Intersection is working toward multicultural ministry in Holland, Michigan.

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If You Build It

Four pastors, four churches, four states. Each church has completed a building project, is in the middle of one, or has one on the horizon.

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Passing the Baton

Many churches prefer a “clean break,” where the previous pastor is gone before the next arrives. But the pastoral transition at Calgary Community in Calgary, Alberta, was seamless thanks to one thing: mentoring.

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When a Church Meets in a Factory

LifeQuest cares for workers by hosting a holiday barbecue.

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From Marketing to Ministry

Salama Warner used to keep up with the Kardashians; now she’s helping the church keep up with its youth.

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In Search of Scaffolding

Bethany Devos’s church was already working toward renewal, but she was looking for something to guide the process. She found that framework in Ridder Church Renewal.

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Coffeehouse Serves as Community Outreach

It reads like a modern-day parable: unexpected guests, and somehow the food was enough to go around. 

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RCA Today: Fall 2016 Synod Stories

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