Disability Concerns, the refugee office of World Renew, the Office of Social Justice and Race Relations are a number of CRC agencies which partner with Diaconal Ministries Canada in the work of justice.
Partnerships with other networks, programs and agencies continue to strengthen the possibilities and the ways that the church engages in a spirit of mercy and justice with its diverse neighbours. Noted recently by a prominent and respected sociologist, Reginald Bibby, one of the primary means of growth in the Canadian church will likely be immigrants.
Along with new immigrants adding to our population’s ethnic diversity, our country also experiences increased diversity in religions. Muslims are settling into many of the neighbourhoods of our Christian Reformed Churches. Currently one quarter of all immigrants to Canada follow the Islamic faith. In fact, Muslims in Canada are currently 3.5% of our total population. Within 15 years, this is projected to double.
The Christian Reformed Church desires to equip its members to confidently and intentionally engage with their Muslim neighbours. This is evident in the re-commitment to The Salaam Project,” a ministry of Christian Reformed World Missions and other partners.
Four areas of focus will better equip CRC congregations in Canada to engage with Muslims.
- Dialogue– proactively seeking to develop relationships with Muslim brothers and sisters
- Witness– living lives of joy as examples of Christ’s love
- Peacemaking– Salaam will provide a voice for peace between Muslim and Christian in Canada and around the world.
- Hospitality – Salaam will help to bring down barriers to hospitality.
According to the recent Salaam proposal, CRC congregations may begin, with assistance, to understand barriers that Muslims have to hearing the Gospel. With God’s help, these barriers will be brought down and our engagement with Muslims will be enhanced and blessed.
The potential to re-engage Muslim ministry in Canada is promising! Muslims in our community provide an opportunity not to be lamented or ignored. Engaging with our Muslim neighbours is an opportunity to share life with its joys and challenges!! Most of all, it is our significant and urgent opportunity to share the Gospel in both word and deed!!
The current Muslim ministry leader is Greg Sinclair who may be reached through the CRC Burlington office at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will welcome your learnings and your questions as he seeks to give leadership to this significant project. To explore through a host of resources, follow this link.
The above photo is courtesy of Mission Montreal (a partnership of various CRC agencies)