Congregational History Series

Have you always wanted to share your congregation's history with the wider church?

You can do that as a participant in the RCA Congregational History Series. The series is a way for congregations, using their own resources, to reach a wider audience with an account of their life and ministry over the lifespan of the congregation.

The RCA Commission on History hopes that encouraging congregations to produce histories of depth and substance will provide models of what to do and how to do it that will increase the value of congregational histories beyond a local audience.

Process for participation in the Congregational History Series

The Congregational History Series is a sub-series of the Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America, which was inaugurated in 1968 by the General Synod acting through the Commission on History. The goal is to communicate the church's heritage and collective memory and to reflect on its identity and mission, encouraging historical scholarship which informs both church and academy. Here's how to participate:

  • The author(s) must follow the RCA Historical Series House Style Guidelines in writing the book. The completed manuscript should be submitted to the general editor of the Congregational History Series, George Brown, for approval for inclusion in the Congregational Histories series.
  • All costs for editing, printing, proofing, promotion, and other related costs will be paid by the congregation, and the congregation shall retain the copyright. An initial estimate based on the submitted manuscript will be provided for copyediting and printing. The congregation will pay one-half of that sum to start the copy editing process. Once copy editing has begun, the fee will be non-refundable. Other than corrections, no other changes may be made to the manuscript or graphics at that time. The congregation shall obtain all rights and permissions for material protected by copyright.
  • Once a printing estimate has been obtained, the congregation will provide sufficient funds to cover that expense before the book goes to press. Appropriate mention on the RCA website, Facebook, and other social media will be provided at no cost. Sales through Faith Alive can be arranged, but the congregation will be responsible for the annual shelving fee.

To learn more, please contact Russ Gasero: rgasero@rca.org, or 848-237-1761.

Churches in the Congregational History Series:

  • The City in Its Heart: Maple Avenue Ministries, Holland, Michigan
    Discover how Maple Avenue Ministries' multiracial, multicultural journey of reconciliation is rooted in both the RCA and CRC. The price is $15 for the volume and all sales are being handled by the church. Please address orders to: Mr. Anthony Bivens, Maple Avenue Ministries, 427 Maple Avenue, Holland, MI 49423. Inquiries about ordering may be sent to Anthony: 427mam@gmail.com.
  • Hope Church, Holland, Michigan: The First 150 Years (1862–2012)
    From its earliest decades Hope Church welcomed members from a variety of denominations, cultivated relationships with churches in the East, and allowed women to vote to call pastors and elect elders and deacons. During recent decades Hope Church has been a catalyst for community efforts to reach out to migrant worker families, provide day care to children, and work with other churches in the community. The price for the 520-page book is $15.00 plus postage and handling. It is available at Hope Church, 77 West Eleventh St., Holland, MI 49423; email inquiries to office@hopechurchrca.org. To order a book for shipment, contact the Hope-Geneva Bookstore at bookstore@hope.edu.

Videos

Videos: 
Denise Kingdom-Grier on how history assists in transformation in the congregation
Denise Kingdom-Grier on how history assists in transformation in the congregation
John Cox on the challenges of writing a congregational history
John Cox on the challenges of writing a congregational history

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