RCA Today: Fall 2017

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

View stories from the Fall 2017 issue.

More from the issue:

Signs of the Kingdom: The Baseball Game I Never Played

Sometimes the best sermons are the ones you only think you heard.

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Birthday Blessings in a Bag

South Branch Reformed Church’s youth group helps kids in need celebrate birthdays.

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The Big Decisions at General Synod 2017—Explained

Here’s what you should know about the big decisions General Synod 2017 made at its annual meeting in June.

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Multiethnic Church Plans to Plant Hispanic Congregation

Bogart Memorial, already a multiethnic congregation, is working with RCA Church Multiplication to plant a Hispanic congregation within the church.

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John Messer Installed as Regional Synod Executive

The Great Lakes Region welcomes its new executive. 

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Illinois Classis Hires Leader to Connect Churches

With 22 churches spread over 60,000 square miles, Illinois Classis discovers a need for closer ties.

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Church Unity 500 Years after the Reformation

One delegate’s experience at the World Communion of Reformed Churches’ 2017 General Council.

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Church Plant Navigates Change

When its first pastor left, River Rock Community Church had to figure a few things out—like whether they’d be able to stay open.

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American Reformed Reaches Community through Ridder

“Ridder is not a project, it’s a process,” says Michael Hardeman. “Leaders need to be transformed in order for the congregation to also transform.”

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On Parenting and Pastoring

Joshua Scheid ponders God’s grace, which gave him the courage to raise a daughter and pastor a church—even in his greatest moments of self-doubt.

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Synod stories

Making Churches Safe for Children

The Regional Synod of Albany equips its churches to protect children from sexual assault and abuse.

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Determining a Church’s DNA

How alpacas and a warm welcome helped shape a new church’s vision for ministry.

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Disability Outreach Program Becomes Church

Friends to Friends Community Church makes a point to have as few barriers to worship as possible. 

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Faithwalking Deepens Discipleship

How the process of Faithwalking inspired a new approach to ministry. 

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Transformation: Hard and Glorious Change

Congregations participating in Ridder Church Renewal find the work of change challenging but worthwhile.

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God Used Us to Bring People to Christ

How “falling in love with lost people” resulted in unexpected transformation. 

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Changing the Outlook

Assessing the health of established churches in the Classis of Delaware-Raritan strengthens their ministry.

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Caring for New Mothers in Need

Kinderhook Reformed Church provides baby clothing for low-income mothers who deliver at the local hospital.

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