Stories

  • August 5, 2019

    A New Normal of Bivocational Ministry

    More and more Christian Reformed Church pastors are bivocational—they work another job in addition to pastoring. For many pastors, a second job is a way to pay bills. For others, a second job is part of their ministry.

    “What does it mean to be a pastor? They embody Christ, and they share God’s love with conviction and with reverence, and they usher you into the space before God. It’s beautiful,” said Sam DeJong McCarron, who works as a ministry vocational consultant for the CRC’s Pastor Church Resources. 

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  • July 26, 2019

    A Time to Plant

    Shamshadeen Mayers felt God call him to be a church planter 10 years ago—he just wasn’t sure when, where, or how to plant a church. But God lined up the perfect opportunity to partner with Resonate Global Mission and plant City on a Hill Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

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  • April 29, 2019

    Sharing God’s Promises in Grief

    Three months before the Orlando nightclub shooting in June 2016, Magda experienced profound sadness and felt an urgency to pray.

    Magda is a member of Iglesia Cristiana Reformada Comunidad de Fe Poinciana, a Resonate Global Mission church plant located an hour South of Orlando. Unable to explain the pain she felt, Magda began fervently praying and reading Scripture. She asked her church family to pray for her.

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  • April 23, 2019

    A Church Like Us

    "There are so many needs in our community. We want to be that voice—that shining light on the top of the hill. We're willing to do the work. We're willing to do whatever it takes to glorify the name of Jesus Christ," said José, a member of Iglesia Cristiana Reformada Comunidad de Fe Poinciana in Poinciana, Florida. 

    "I think this city needs a church like us," said pastor Karlos Palacios. Here's a glimpse of how this Resonate church plant is empowering leaders, meeting needs in the community, and glorifying the name of Jesus Christ.

     

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  • April 18, 2019

    Finding Life in Balloons

    Luis had planned to end his life the night before his classes were scheduled to start, but then a room full of balloons caught his eye. He found himself at a meeting for Resonate partner InterVarsity Christian Fellowship led by CRC campus minister Kendall Everett on the campus of William Patterson University in New Jersey.

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