CRM - Urbana Missions Conference 12/06
1. What is the mission statement of your organization? How does this vision materialize through your activities and structures?
Church Resource Ministries is committed to the centrality of the local church in God's plan for reaching the world with the good news of Jesus. The ministry is committed to values such as: Evangelical Theology, Discipleship, Church Growth, Church Planting, Teams, Servanthood, Risk, an Entrepreneurial Spirit, Accountability, and the Presence of God in all that we do.
This mission is accomplished by developing emerging Christian leaders through ministries such as NieuCommunities (a 42-week missional experience), InnerCHANGE (a Christian order among the poor) among others, all of CRM’s ministries have a leadership development program built into their projects.
2. What qualifications are you looking for in a person who would want to work for your organization? (Qualities, Skills, etc.) How would a new worker fit into your overall structure?
The representative that I interviewed mainly worked with the NieuCommunities division of CRM and so his answer to this question reflected, primarily, what this ministry sought in those who participated in their organization. NieuCommunities seeks young leaders who have demonstrated their leadership gifts in a ministry. They seek emerging leaders who have shown promise for future ministry leadership. NieuCommunities, as well as other ministries of CRM (Church Resource Ministries) find their staff primarily through their own training programs. Therefore, new workers would first be required to go through the leadership training in order to discern where they fit into the organization.
3. How does your organization evaluate results? What is success for your
Through the year evaluation between the mentor and the student happens on a continual basis. This is most deliberate at the conclusion of each of the six “postures of mission” is completed in the curriculum. Additionally, each ministry team is evaluated annually. The specifics on how the process of this occurred, and what criteria was used was not provided. Therefore, understanding that the goal is to develop leaders provides an outcome that is difficult to measure.
4. Are there roles within your organization for a seminary-trained person? Might there be ways in which a seminary student could contribute meaningfully to the theological foundation of the organization?
Yes, many of the people within CRM have been trained at, are attending, or teaching at Fuller Theological Seminary, including Jude Thiersma Watson who serves with InnerCHANGE in downtown Los Angeles.
Additional Information: (ask depending on the time you have)
What internship opportunities are available? How long is this?
With NieuCommunities it is a 10 month leadership training course that is provided; there are also programs with other ministries that last up to a full year. Also they have “Road Trips” that last only 2 weeks.
What denomination are you affiliated with?
They are within the broad category of Evangelicals.
What is your geographical focus?
NieuCommunities are in Vancouver, Canada, Glasgow, Ireland, and Pretoria, South Africa. InnerCHANGE is located in several major cities around the world.
How do you help your employees manage their student loans/debt?
All financial support is raised by the volunteer.
What is a picture of everyday life for a worker in your organization?
What next steps would I take if I am interested in working for this organization?
It was suggested that the student go on a “Road Trip” (short two week trip) to find out if CRM is a good fit for the volunteer.Personal Reflection:
Talking to the representative from CRM, specifically from their NieuCommunities ministry gave me a new understanding of one of the more practical examples of the emerging church and how that is fitting into the missiological community. As far as future career possibilities I do not see that this organization will immediately play a significant role in my own ministry.
It has the potential of making a contribution to work done in the classroom. They do some creative work in integrating short-term and long-term missions and so they may be worth doing more research into to see how well this is working. This could also be a place where other Fuller students may be able to do their practicum requirements.