CRCA Special Appeal Collection

On August 19 the CRCA is asking churches to hold a special appeal collection. The goal is to move us out of a tough financial position. We’re hoping to raise $145,000 – is this realistic?

When Synod met just a few months ago, the delegates resoundingly supported the move for this special appeal.

They did this because they believed the CRCA is – by God’s grace – engaged in good work and great ministry.

If we all pull together, with a deep sense of gratitude to God, we can lessen our dependence on borrowings, and build resources for future work.

True, $145,000 is a huge sum, but if we keep in mind that the CRCA has about 6200 communicant members, the figure that first looked huge seems a lot more attainable.
Did you know it would take just $24.00 from every communicant member to raise this sum on one Sunday?

$24.00

On one Sunday.

That is all.

With God’s help, friends, we can do this!

Think of what $24 might represent:

  • A couple of Big Mac Meals
  • A kilo of coffee beans
  • 6 lattes
  • A new release DVD purchase

Of course for some, $24.00 is not that easy to part with. For others, though, it’s hardly a wrinkle in the wallet.

Many of us left Synod with a renewed belief that our gracious God has plans for the CRCA.

We have seen how he is blessing churches, growing Christians, building disciples, and extending his Kingdom!

He is doing this through local churches, through CRCA workgroups, Classes, and CRCA workers.

So, let’s all do our bit on Aug 19. Let’s pitch in with $24 each, and make our gift a prayer that Christ will be increasingly honoured through the CRCA’s ministry and mission.

Pastors: It would be great if you could use some of this post to warmly encourage your church into generous giving!

– Dave Groenenboom

How to interact with CRCA Catalyst

So you’ve obviously picked up that CRCA Catalyst is going to be a little different to the publication we have had in the past (Trowel & Sword). Some of the key differences are

1. This is an electronic publication. while there is still an ‘issue’ every quarter it will only be printed off for people without internet access. Typically, this will happen at the local church level. If you know someone without email who’d like a copy, you can always print one off for them.

2. You will interact with CRCA Catalyst differently. There is a live blog and comments are always open. You can comment on the issue as a whole, or you can comment on each article as it is published. Anyone can make a comment, and anyone can comment on someone else’s comment (I know: this could get interesting).

In terms of editorial policy, the only time I will not approve a comment is when it contains offensive material. Comments that make a good point in an ungracious manner will be either be edited or discarded. Persistent ungracious or abusive attempts will result in the user being permanently blocked. Hopefully this will never be needed, but it’s good to know the facility is there. We want Catalyst to be a wholesome stimulus for church health and growing disciples, and we are hoping you will share our vision.

3. There is a FaceBook community. People who are FaceBook users can interact here as well. They can ‘like’ articles, leave comments, and share posts. Make the most of these facilities, and build the discussion.

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4. There is also a Twitter feed @CRCACatalyst This is helpful for those who use Twitter. It also provides a great way for Twitter users to contribute and/or share Catalyst posts with others.

5. There is a Blog. This is where the new issues are released, where separate articles are uploaded, where comments are made by readers. Comments are the equivalent of ‘Letters to the Editor’. The good thing is that people can comment on other people’s comments…

So, how do I stay up to date with Catalyst?

For those who are new to the whole online magazine experience, the best way to stay up to date with what’s happening at Catalyst is to subscribe to the updates. There are a couple of ways to do this

a) Receive an email every time the blog is updated. This way, you know when new articles are posted, and when new issues of Catalyst are released. You can sign up by clicking the “Follow Blog via Email” button in the right margin (you may have to scroll down a little to see this)

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b) Subscribe to Catalyst’s RSS feeds. You can do this by clicking on the Posts RSS icon (you will find these button in the top Right Hand corner of the blog window). This will update your RSS feed every time the blog is updated. Those who have an RSS Reader on their smartphone of tablet will also be able to follow the blog by adding feed://crcacatalyst.com/feed/ to their reader. If you also want to subscribe to any comments that are made on the blog, add feed://crcacatalyst.com/comments/feed/ to your reader

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Over the first few months, I’ll be letting people know about updates via the CRCA [Discussions] email list. Over time, the plan would be to rely less on that, and more on individual subscriptions via the Catalyst Blog, and FaceBook.

I encourage you to take the initiative and subscribe to Catalyst updates through one of the means above. It will give you the best opportunity to interact and stay up to date with what’s happening , and what others are thinking about it all.

For those who are new to the online world, things like FaceBook, Twitter and Blogs can all be a bit overwhelming. If all you want to do is find out when the issues and stay up to date with Catalyst info, I suggest you choose the “Subscribe via Email” option on the Catalyst Blog [see (a) above]. All you need to know is your email address, add it in, and everything else will be automatic.

If you have any questions, you can always email

– Dave Groenenboom