Steve Van Zanen

Steve Van Zanen ( was a missionary-teacher for six years in Eastern Europe; he serves in church relations and support-raising for missionaries with Christian Reformed World Missions.

Articles by this author:

  • From the Cross, through the Church, to the World

    Resources for Celebrating Pentecost

    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

    —Acts 1:8

  • Compelled by the Spirit

    A Service for Pentecost or Missions

    Note: Multiple song suggestions are provided; choose as many as fit your worship context.

    Gathering for Worship

    “Come, All You People” SNC 4, SWM 4
    “We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise” CH 213, SNC 12, WR 651
    “Gift of Christ from God Our Father” SNC 167
    “Spirit, Working in Creation” PsH 415, WR 128

    [Include a brief explanation of Pentecost and its connection to global mission.]

  • Celebrating Missions

    Planning a Successful Mission Emphasis Service

    One Sunday I (Steve) served as visiting preacher at a church that had planned a mission emphasis service. As I took a seat near the front, I was impressed by a colorful display of flags representing the countries touched by the congregation’s missionaries. The music carried the energy of the large and growing majority-world Christian movement. A little later in the service, a PowerPoint presentation projected scenes of Christians from around the world gathering to worship the crucified, risen, and reigning Christ.