In an especially challenging season of life and ministry we need new tools to reach our neighbors. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 21 (9-3pm CST via Zoom) for a virtual vision day with Fresh Expressions US, RCA Church Multiplication, the Classis of Illinois, and the Regional Synod of Mid America. Fresh expressions of church are nimble, adaptable, mutually benefit the established church, and are perfectly suited to our current reality. Any of our established churches can plant a fresh expression plant. Read how RCA and CRCNA leaders are leaning into Fresh Expressions of church and join us. All are welcome, click HERE to register. Tickets are $10.
RSMA to host Vision 2020 conversations – In January, each classis will be invited to participate in a Zoom online meeting to hear from members of the Vision 2020 Team, RCA Staff, and have an opportunity to discuss the proposals together as a classis. More information will be coming soon and specific times and dates will be released by your classis.
RSMA Staff to transition to new roles – Beginning in 2021 Wayne Van Regenmorter will be transitioning to a part time role as the Coordinator for Multi-Ethnic Church Partnerships and Chad Schuitema will be transitioning to the Regional Synod Executive Role. To read more about this transition in a letter from the RSMA President, click HERE.
The RCA Board of Benefits Services (BOBS) is encouraging churches and plants to take a special offering for your pastor and qualify for assistance/prizes. The Thanksgiving or Christmas season is often the perfect time to participate. BOBS would like to join you in blessing our pastors in two ways. First, if you plan on taking a special offering for your pastor, you will be eligible to receive one $250 Amazon gift card for your pastor. (One per church.) To learn how, click here. Second, if the gift to your pastor will go to pay down student loans or medical debt, and if you are already commissioned or ordained in the RCA, BOBS will match that gift, up to $2,000. Visit this page for details.
The RCA’s Commission on Nominations is looking for individuals to serve on the RCA’s commissions, agencies, and boards. Visit www.rca.org/nominations to learn about the work of each commission, agency, and board and to see if one or more fits your skills and interests. Then, download a profile, fill it out, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org before December 31. You may also send questions to email@example.com.
The Regional Synod of Mid-America is looking for 2 Corresponding Women Delegates and 1 Corresponding Youth Delegate for General Synod 2021. These delegates attend all the sessions of General Synod and have the privilege of the floor but do not vote. There are also a few special opportunities for these delegates at General Synod. The Corresponding Women Delegates is open to any woman who is a member of an RCA church and the Youth Delegate is open to anyone connected to an RCA church with a sense of call from God to go into ministry. Usually, these youth delegates are college-aged and discerning a call to ministry in any form. General Synod 2021 will be held June 10-15, 2021 in Pella, Iowa. Lodging and food is covered by the RCA and travel will be reimbursed by the RSMA. Email Chad Schuitema if you know of someone or you yourself are interested in serving in this role.
The Regional Synod of Mid-America will be reducing its assessments by $1.00 per member to $16.50 per confessing/active member in 2021. The RCA has also reduced its 2021 assessment by $2.29 per confessing member for a total assessment of $52.01.
The Salary Committee of the RSMA recently updated our Compensation Guidelines which we submit to each classis for their own approval. You can find those guidelines HERE. Please note: these guidelines are not official for your classis until your classis votes on them at their Fall meetings. The Personnel Committees section of our website continues to house good resources for all churches and you are encouraged to explore them.
You can continue to find all of the RCA’s COVID-19 resources HERE.
The RCA continues to offer free/reduced fee Spiritual Direction (and coaching) during the Pandemic – to learn more, and find a spiritual director, click HERE.
Free Christian Counseling for Pastors and Church Employees – The RCA’s Board of Benefits Services Employee Assistance Program provides free, confidential Christian counseling either at at an outpatient clinic in your area or via an online telehealth session. Up to 3 sessions per issue are provided at no cost to any employee of an RCA church. Some common issues addressed are depression, anxiety, work-related problems, marital issues, family issues, substance abuse, and others. The 24 hour hotline number is (833) 244-2490. For more information click HERE.
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WinterBlast will be two separate times in December for kids in 1st-6th grade. WinterBlast seeks to introduce children to Christ and His message of salvation as well as to provide a setting and community where their lives are enriched through high energy and intentional programming. We hope that during their winter break, your child’s experience is a real blast! For more information and to sign up, click HERE.
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