The internet is full of great resources designed to help you grow in your journey with Christ. Here are a few suggestions to get you started. We recommend you bookmark your favourite links and visit them often.
Books & Magazines
The Bible (YouVersion)
YouVersion contains the Bible in practically all of its versions. An excellent resource on your smart phone when you’re on the road, and a great way to set up your own personal reading plan.
The Banner magazine shows how the Christian faith in its Reformed expression makes sense for today’s world.The Banner explores issues from the perspective of the good news that in Christ God is reconciling the world to himself. Published monthly by the Christian Reformed Church in North America, The Banner is distributed to all members of Bethel Church free of charge.
Faith Alive is a publishing ministry of the Christian Reformed Church that provides resources to help people understand, experience, and express the good news of God’s kingdom. Faith Alive publishes materials for…
- Sunday school and other children’s ministries
- youth ministry
- adults and small groups
- prayer and evangelism
- church leadership
- disability ministry
Podcasts & Websites
The Network is a website dedicated to creating conversations between people doing ministry. It is produced by our denomination (the Christian Reformed Church in North America, or CRCNA). It aims to encourage connections with each other, with resources, and with experts for ministry. The Network is a great place to get started if you are looking for information and advice from others — Sunday school teachers, musicians, office staff, missions team members, youth leaders — who are treading through the same ministry waters as you.
Family Fire is an online community for discussing God’s design for marriage and parenting, exploring spiritual, emotional and physical intimacy and how we should live as members of a Spirit-fed family.
Groundwork turns the soil of Scripture to cultivate growth in faith and obedience. In this 25-minute radio program, pastors guide listeners in a casual, but thoughtful conversation about practical applications of God’s word in today’s world.
Kids Corner is an online radio program featuring “Lizz” and his friends as they negotiate the challenges and drama of childhood with the help of their parents and others who help them find answers in the Bible. A website compliments the radio program and a Facebook page connects with parents of kids who listen.
The Source for Parents is a website filled with resources designed to help parents build relationships and teach Biblical values. It is produced by Jonathan McKee.
Real World Parents offers parenting seminars across North America. This website can be used to find a local seminar or host a seminar in your own community. The site also includes conversation starters for parents, family activity suggestions, daily prayers and a parenting blog.
Plugged In is a Focus on the Family website designed to help equip parents, youth leaders, ministers and teens with the essential tools that will enable them to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live.
ThinkChristian (TC) is an online magazine where Christians bridge the gap between their faith lives and the larger world. TC recognizes contemporary culture – from politics to the arts, from business to science – as falling beneath God’s sovereignty and attempts to engage visitors in discussion of what it means to live as a Christian.
Today is a daily devotional that aims to help people refresh, refocus and renew their faith. Beyond the printed version, which is distributed to all households at Bethel Church, these meditations are also available as a daily email, audio podcast or through a smartphone app.
Under the Radar
Under The Radar highlights some of the best undiscovered and under-appreciated tunes from Christian artists. This one-hour weekly program shares stories, spiritual insight, and exclusive artist interviews to discover the depth of faith and creativity found in the music.
Walk the Way
As a culture-leading ministry, Walk the Way challenges visitors to find out how God matters to real people and how they can live out their faith in everyday life. It includes both a daily 60-second audio feature and an online video-blog conversation.
Christian Reformed Ministry Websites
Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA)
The Christian Reformed Church includes just over one thousand congregations across the United States and Canada. About 75 percent of the churches are in the United States; 25 percent are in Canada. The CRC is one of only a few binational denominations: rather than split into different churches at the 49th parallel, we’re united.
World Renew (formerly CRWRC)
World Renew serves worldwide as the development, disaster response, and justice arm of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. World Renew focuses on community development, disaster response and rehabilitation and advocacy, aiming to engage God’s people in activities of love, mercy, justice, and compassion.
Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM)
Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) partners with CRCNA churches and their members for greater missions involvement in cross-cultural global contexts. God uses the church as a crucial agent in building the Kingdom of Christ. CRWM desires to mutually learn with its partners how to be more servant-like leaders, how to build capacity for ministry, and how to be more effective in ministry within church and society.
Christian Reformed Home Missions (CRHM)
Along with local churches, Christian Reformed agencies and the Reformed Church of America, Christian Reformed Home Missions plants churches and campus ministries across North America, cultivating missional ministry leaders to serve as agents of renewal in God’s redeeming work.
Diaconal Ministries Canada
Diaconal Ministries Canada is a partner ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America that seeks to inspire, equip and encourage deacons, churches and their partners as they join in God’s transforming work in communities. Diaconal Ministries offers guidance and resources for Deacons, runs the Operation Manna program, which provides funding and consultation for congregation-led missional outreach activities; and hosts annual “Days of Encouragement” across Canada.
Interested in volunteering with the agencies of the Christian Reformed Church and its partners? ServiceLink can direct you to ministries that may have a need for the kind of gifts and talents you have to offer.
Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals, groups and families, and to suit your time commitment, skills, interests and budget. You can volunteer for a few hours (in local communities), or for a few days, weeks, months or even years.
The Christian Reformed Church offers free webinars on a wide range of practical faith and ministry-related topics.