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Interim Discipleship Staff Announced

The RCA's ongoing discernment process has delayed the search for a new denominational staff member in discipleship, but two people have been contracted to serve on an interim basis.

At February's Conversations event, holistic discipleship and ministry with children, youth, and young adults were identified as priorities for the RCA's future, says Ken Eriks, director of congregational mission. The discernment process is expected to shape the discipleship role, which has been vacant since January and will not be finalized until the conclusion of the discernment process next year.

"The executive leadership team places a high priority on discipleship and we want to allow the discernment process to give us greater long-term clarity about God's preferred future for discipleship in the RCA," Eriks says.

In the meantime, two people have been brought on to help.

Bob Cleveringa will serve as an independent contractor in youth ministry for the RCA until September 30. Cleveringa is director of youth ministries for the Synod of the Heartland. He will provide short-term leadership for the RCA youth team, help develop strategic focus for RCA youth ministry, and help articulate an approach to youth ministry that will best serve the congregations of the RCA.

Stephanie Doeschot will serve as coordinator of adult discipleship until September 30, 2013. She will lead the RCA discipleship team; help the RCA develop an overall vision and strategy for holistic adult discipleship for the future; resource congregations to be healthy, vital centers of Christian witness in their communities; and sustain and broaden relationships with various ministry partners. Doeschot is copastor of Christ's Church in Saint Peters, Missouri.

Posted 04/26/11

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