Leadership Development: Women's Ministry  |  July 2019

You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

—Isaiah 58:11

Summer Intern

The office of Leadership Development: Women's and Ethnic Ministry is excited about offering a five week, cross-cultural internship for a student at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Meet Kristy Bootsma: I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta. I moved to Grand Rapids almost a year ago to get my MDiv at Calvin Theological Seminary. I am excited for the opportunity to work with Leadership Development in the CRC as I am passionate about listening, advocacy, and institutional change. I am excited to be a part of what God is doing in the CRC. I am determined to listen to and learn from the stories and experiences of female leaders and ethnic minority leaders in our denomination. I am excited to bring my experience and learn from others as a woman pursuing ordained ministry. God is teaching me that practicing true empathy is really hard work. I come in as a learner, wanting to gain understanding, expand my worldview, and continue to discover the gifts God has entrusted to me to do God’s Kingdom work. .

Ministry Highlights

Embracing Our Story: Third Annual Synodical Women’s Gathering

Approximately 65 women enjoyed a meal together at Synod 2019 on Friday evening. The group consisted of women delegates and advisors to Synod as well as local leaders and pioneers of women in ministry in the CRC. Speaker Trish Borgdorff  shared with the group about story. “ Pursuing your own story with intention and integrity is important.” She said connecting with other people’s stories means listening, moving from curiosity to empathy and compassion. Read more. 

Supporting Women and Ethnic Minority Leaders in the Pastoral Call Process

What could be done to improve our support for women and ethnic minority leaders when they are seeking a pastoral or ministerial call? This is the question being asked...As a next step, we are seeking feedback from churches and pastors.  Read more.

Hope to See You
at Inspire 2019!

Are you planning to be there? If not - there is still time to register. Check out this link for all of the information. Many excellent workshops are offered with excellent speakers/presenters. Denise Posie will be leading a Rediscovering Servant Leadership workshop on Friday morning. We hope you can attend. We will also have a display table for Leadership Development: Women’s and Ethnic Ministry - please stop in for a chat. We’d love to meet you.

Events Calendar

  • August 1 - 3, 2019, Inspire 2019, Windsor, ON. Rediscovering Servant Leadership workshop on Friday, August 2, 10 - 11 am, led by Denise Posie.
  • Sept. 12 - 14, 2019, Refreshed for the Call, CRC Pastors Conference sponsored by Pastor Church Resources, Calgary, AB. Email lvanharten@crcna.org for more details. Grants available.
  • Are you investing in the future of women by offering an event to grow as leaders in your region? We want to hear from you! We would like to post your event on the events calendar. Send an email with information to womensministry@crcna.org.

Get Connected

CRC Women are now on Facebook! We're excited to share how our ministries are connecting, collaborating, and building leadership capacity. Follow us here.

Women's Ministry Clusters - WMC. We are exploring the idea of virtual regional clusters to support leadership training events, hold discussions for planning women’s celebrations, share resources, have times for prayer, and more. The WMC’s are for all women and vital for diverse learning and conversations. Join WMC Now

Contact us:

Website: crcna.org/womensministry
Email: womensministry@crcna.org

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