"I’m grateful to be together with so many Reformed Christians for whom, in the midst of so many complexities and difficulties in the world, we all have this precious truth — we know that our world and our life belong to God."
"It has been wonderful to see that there is such diversity in the CRC. We are a small church and can feel isolated. But we forget we have a denomination that we are a part of and that it is way bigger than we are."
For the most part, all 66 sessions were geared toward helping Inspire participants rethink how to do ministry in a time when cell phones are everywhere, the idea of “truth” is constantly questioned, and Bibles are too often relegated, untouched, to a shelf or the back of a pew.
At Inspire 2017, held Aug. 3-5 in Detroit, Mich., four keynote speakers and more than a hundred other participants shared their learnings from ministry with others at work in the Christian Reformed Church.
Here is some of what was heard from the conference floor...
With attendees from almost a quarter of the denomination’s 1,000 congregations and a broad focus on many kinds of ministry—outreach, small groups, worship, children and youth—“[Inspire] gave ordinary members a way to engage with the denomination in a meaningful way,” said attendee Jen Veltman, 30, a member of North Hills CRC in Troy, Mich.