As a member of a small (but mighty) denomination, my chosen title here should strike you odd. How are we each part of 116 million people when we are really only 100,000 in the RCA? Well, let me introduce to you Dick Hamm, the Executive Director of Christian Churches Together (CCT) (www.christianchurchestogether.org). Last night I had the opportunity to get to know Mr. Hamm here at the Ecumenical Dinner gathered at General Synod. The RCA is a member of this forum among other historic Protestant churches as well as Evangelical Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, & African American churches. The 36 member churches have a combined membership of 116 million Christians. That feels truly impactful to me. What happens when small clusters get together with others and then again with others? We grow! We do great things!
CCT seeks to empahsize that which unites us rather than that which divides us. At present the focus of the group centers on domestic poverty and evangelism. Much like I love knowing that I am a part of a congregation, which is part of a classis, which is part of a synod, which is part of a denomination... I really love learning that we are a part of an even larger ministry that focuses on unity and togetherness. I pray that we will all make it our personal mission to understand our role in this group and pray for our work together even though at times it may feel like something "beyond us". The funny thing is, it is beyond us... God is huge. Amen?