The Ties that Bind
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The Ties that Bind

In Vancouver, Washington, Richard Liedtke greets up to 1,000 people by name every Sunday. If he doesn’t know someone, he makes a point of introducing himself and learning a new name. A finish carpenter by trade, Liedtke shares his theology of hospitality in his terrific booklet Master Greeter. He’s always looking for the next member.

Part II: The Ties That Bind
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Part II: The Ties That Bind

I believe restoring healthy positive relations among the church people, congregations, classes and leadership is key to the viability of the CRCNA. No, I know it is.

Can we, like the residents of Fraser Flats, come together to draw strength from our communal meeting with God? Can we seek forgiveness from each other? (Matt. 5: 21-26). Can we forgive one another in order to restore unity in Christ? (Matt. 6:14-15). Last June, Overture 18 urged Synod to focus on denominational unity and reconciliation – to reestablish binational unity, as much as practicable.

The Ties That Bind
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The Ties That Bind

The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) is not a large denomination. It currently has 227,900 members, compared to the Lutheran Church’s eight million. Its relatively small size, however, has never stopped the CRC from large-scale outreach and mission work or from big-picture thinking. But membership has been steadily declining for 25 years, and no one seems to know how to stop it.