Focus on Zuni Christian Reformed Church Today
Visit Zuni Christian Reformed Church (ZCRC) on any Sunday morning and you will immediately notice that this church is different.
ZCRC is a congregation of diversity-one in the body of Christ.
The church welcomes and celebrates its diversity as a reflection of
God's beautifully diverse creation. Our church family includes native
and non-native Zuni residents as well as people from surrounding places.
Visitors from Zuni and Christians from other places who support our
ministry are frequently part of the congregation. Church members come
from a variety of church backgrounds and from a variety of ethnic
backgrounds. The diversity of the congregation is reflected in the
variety of worship styles and practices and in the different languages
used in the services.
In the corporate life of the church, there are ample
opportunities to give voice to the Hope that believers have in Jesus
Christ. The deacons provide a wide range of benevolent care and the
pastors, elders and members are welcomed into Christian and non-Christian
homes alike to pray, to listen and to express Christ's compassion.
ZCRC has a variety of educational, recreational and mentoring programs
that nurture children and young people. Summer Kids' Clubs for children
ages 4-12 are hosted by summer mission teams from different supporting
churches. Bi-weekly youth activities welcome young people from 6th-12th
grades from the church, school, and community. ZCRC also provides
hospitality to Alcoholic Anonymous and other community support programs.
On Being a Zuni Christian
All Zuni Christians face the challenge of following Jesus
authentically as Zunis. The church supports Zuni members as they seek
to be salt and light in their own community. The church acknowledges
all that is good in Zuni culture is a gift from God. Zuni Christians
have a key role in the work of God's Spirit as they seek to transform
their community with God's love. Crucial to the veracity of the Gospel
message to Zuni people is the use of the Zuni language. The church
supports the use of the Zuni language for worship and teaching. The church has benefited from Zuni language materials prepared with the help of Wycliffe Bible Translators, a team of Bill and Carolyn Murray and Zuni community members. Bible stories and hymns have been
translated and published. Media-Bible DVD/VHS editions of Creation, the
Flood, the Joseph story, the story of Jesus based on the book of Luke,
and Acts in the Zuni language have been well received throughout the
Reaching Beyond Zuni
Although ZCRC is itself a mission church, the members gladly
contribute to the work of evangelism in other places. Currently, the
church supports the work of Tara Meekhof in Jos, Nigeria, under the
auspices of Christian Reformed World Missions and the work of Donnie and
Renee Begay at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico,
under the auspices of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Although the make-up, context and challenges of ZCRC are quite
different, like the Church around the world, the Christians in Zuni
desire to honor Christ in their worship and in witness.