RCA Today: Spring 2018

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 Spring 2018 issue.

More from the issue:

We Are What We Eat

There is beauty in the mess of communion—in the spilling of the wine and the breaking of the bread.

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Mission: Stumbling Forward

In many ways, mission is just “showing up.”

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6 Women Surprised by God’s Call

One Church explores how six RCA members or churches approach one area of ministry. For this issue, and in anticipation of the 2018 General Synod’s celebration of women in ministry, RCA Today talked to six women who have been surprised by God’s call in their lives.

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Ask a 27-Year-Old

A conversation with two emerging adults on faith, effective ministry, and being the token young person.

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The Cycle of Discipleship

How a study group meeting in a pastor’s living room transformed into a new congregation deeply rooted in Reformed theology.

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Climbing to New Heights

At Fǎrǎ Limite Climbing Gym, Roma kids learn more than how to scale a wall. They learn confidence and life skills—and they discover a more hopeful future in Jesus.

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Mind the Gap

Meredith Drive Reformed is using cultural agility to bridge generation gaps. Here’s what they’ve learned so far.

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Raining Mayflies

Louis Lotz sees the grace of God in little moments and unexpected places.

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Recovering Our Sense of Adventure

We thought our marriage might be over. But through some very hard conversations and one long family camping trip, God showed us another way.

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Life Together: A Note from the Interim General Secretary

Don Poest reflects on what it means to live a life of discipleship.

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Synod stories

Churches Learning Change

The Regional Synod of Albany takes greater ownership of Ridder.

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The More Things Change

After 50 years, Cran-Hill Ranch looks different, but its mission has stayed the same.

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Congregations Grow through Ridder: Churches Learning Change

More Heartland churches than ever are participating in Ridder: Churches Learning Change.

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Reformed Leadership Initiative Helps Church Move Forward

Connecting with other Hispanic churches to revitalize ministry and identify mission opportunities has brought new life to La Senda del Amor.

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Disability Advocate Makes Leadership Accessible

Cassie Lokker says empowering people with disabilities means inviting them not just into the church building but also into leadership roles.

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Teachers’ Professional Days Offer Outreach Opportunity

When school is closed for teachers’ professional activity days, students come to First Reformed Church for a day of fun and learning.

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Synod Holds Day of Mission and Ministry Celebration

The Regional Synod of Albany gathered to celebrate ministry among its congregations.

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Refugee Response—One Family at a Time

Churches in Passaic Valley Classis have found a variety of ways to support refugees.

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Life Groups Deepen Faith at First Church

Through small groups, First Church helps its members increase their faith in Jesus and their boldness to share about God’s work in their lives.

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Maplewood Reformed Expands Kids Hope

Maplewood Reformed Church beefs up its mentoring program for neighborhood kids—in part because of the transformation the congregation experienced through the Ridder: Churches Learning Change process.

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