Rethinking our relationships with young people

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

I was sitting across from her at her kitchen table when she said it. Staring at me with eyes full of passion and a smile that expressed her excitement, she said, “We want you to do relational ministry with these kids; we want you to be incarnational because that’s what they need. They need Jesus.” I returned the same intense stare with a nod of enthusiasm; I was ready to be relational and incarnational, I … Read More

Healthier churches make a healthier denomination

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

In 2005, the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC), its leading body, approved “creating and sustaining healthy congregations” as a denominational priority for the following 10 years. The decision’s rationale, in part, was that achieving the long-term goal of transforming lives and communities worldwide was highly unlikely if local congregations were not healthy. Also undergirding this decision was a general concern that the health of a growing number of congregations was … Read More

APCE’s Educator of the Year

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

Go to the people, live among them, learn from them, love them; start with what they know, build on what they have; but of the best leaders, when their task is done, the people will remark “We have done it ourselves.” —Chinese Proverb George Brown, Educator of the Year 2012, fits this Chinese proverb to a T. He can also be assessed by three Cs: character, credentials, and competency. In evaluating George’s character, it is … Read More

How firm is our foundation?

Pete EuwemaHow firm is our foundation?

Youth. Where are youth going and how does it impact the foundation? What are youth telling the church? Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, by Kenda Creasy Dean. Oxford University Press, 2010.Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion—the same data presented in Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (Smith and Denton)—Dean’s book investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about … Read More

A sense of. . .others

Pete EuwemaGod's Surprising Wonders

So far, all of you who are avid readers of the President’s Message know that this page has focused this year on having A Sense of….Purpose, Humor, and, for this issue, Others. It has been my observation that many people seem to lack this particular “sense.” They are so caught up in “self” (see the next issue of the Advocate) that they have lost a sense of others. Here are some self-check clues as to … Read More

God’s surprising wonders

Pete EuwemaGod's Surprising Wonders

Sometimes the wonders of God come as a surprise—apparitions from elsewhere in God’s grace without explanation or a proper sense of why. The wonders of God also come through hard work, a life of discipleship, commitment to God and others. In a sense, we could say that the wonders of God come after the work we do for the gospel of Jesus Christ in the world. When I look back and consider the work of … Read More