RCA Today: Winter 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 Winter 2018 issue.

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Six People Who Grew Up on the Mission Field

Kids of RCA missionaries open up about their childhoods, their feelings about inhabiting a third-culture space, and how they’ve seen God at work.

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Snapshot: Communion and the Japanese tea ceremony

Christianity deeply influenced the traditional Japanese ritual, say RCA missionaries Nathan and Nozomi Brownell.

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Church Overcomes Assumptions about Homelessness

A weekly ministry in South Florida offers hospitality each Saturday to 75 to 100 persons without homes. But it also ministers to the volunteers who find that their own lives have changed as a result.

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Making Connections at Faith Church

Reach the disconnected; grow the connected. These words have shaped the vision and mission of a multisite RCA church in Indiana.

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Albany Synod Launches Fellowship Program

The Albany Synod Fellowship Program supports recent seminary graduates as they transition into ministry by providing them with two years of housing, benefits, coaching, and a professional network.

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Interns Work at Neighborhood Café

Jacob’s Well interns are more than baristas. They’re helping Bellevue Reformed meet its neighbors.

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Three Texas Churches Respond To Harvey

Trying to meet the immediate needs of the millions of people affected by Hurricane Harvey was a daunting task, but three RCA churches in the immediate vicinity were up for the challenge.

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Canadian Fujian Church Traces Roots to Early RCA Missionaries

Fujian Evangelical Church has a long history of mission. Its own roots date back to the 1840s in Xiamen, China.

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Hearing the Call of God at Calling Lake

Ashley Stad works with youth as part of Athabasca Reformed Congregation’s ministry among the indigenous people of Calling Lake.

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Q&A: Working at Walmart

When Kyle Crist, a man with cerebral palsy, took a job at Walmart, a new mission field opened up. RCA Today talked with Kyle about community outreach, disability ministry, and what he learned about people from greeting them at the doors of a big-box store.

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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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