Troy Stansberry

Meet Commissioned Pastor candidate, Troy Stansberry. He is Director of Music, Worship, and Outreach at Rosewood Reformed Church, Jenison, Michigan. He reflects on ways in which God has directed his journey saying, “From 1987 until 1999 I went to college and instead of graduating, I began to travel as a musician. I was in several…

Missional Church Leadership

One of this week’s meetings was an assessment conference for developing a contextualized training plan for a missional church leader and commissioned pastor candidate, Rodrigo Cano. He is the Hispanic church planter of Alas Conexion (Connections) Church, Grand Rapids, MI. Pastor Cano is pictured with his mentor and friend, veteran missionary to Mexico, Rev. Jim…

Graduation

A young man ran from his college graduation ceremonies with his robe flying, diploma in hand. He yelled out to all who could hear, “Look out, world! Here I come! I have my B.A.!” A crack of thunder immediately rolled ominously out of the skies, and a deep voice shouted back, “Stick around, Sonny, and…

Easter Hope

Church historian Martin Marty told of a friend of his who taught Sunday School for many years. One April morning the weather had turned so warm and spring-like that the teacher knew his class needed to spend time outside. He brought plastic eggs, leftover from Easter treats, and told the eight-year-old students to look around…

Facing Tomorrow

When Bill and Gloria Gaither were anticipating the birth of a child, they were conflicted. On the one hand they were excited about the potential they could envision in this new life; on the other hand, they were troubled by the challenges and difficulties within the world into which this child would be born. Out…

Books 4 U

This week a pastor wrote to one of our colleagues. He asked for recommendations of books to discuss with his church board (Consistory, Council, Elder Board). The email said, “Could you please recommend to me the 5 best books for consistories to read and discuss for the purpose of leadership development… ” Several of us…

Curriculum Cycle

CURRICULUM CYCLE: Oct – Dec, 2015     Old Testament Jan- Mar, 2016     New Testament, Sacraments and Liturgy of the RCA Apr-Jun, 2016     Preaching, Church History July-Sep, 2016     Pastoral Care Oct-Dec, 2016     Theology 1 Jan-Mar, 2017     Theology 2, Government and Standards of the RCA Apr-Jun, 2017     Spiritual Formation Jul-Sep, 2017     Leadership and Christian Ministry Other Guided or…