News EditorGayla Postma is news editor for The Banner.Articles Classis Watch: Winter 2020 Contingency Plans Being Made for Council of Delegates, Synod 2020 CRCNA Responds to COVID-19 With Restrictions for Staff Denominational Staffing Changes Announced February 2020 Council of Delegates’ Actions Timmermans Addresses His Sudden Resignation Syncretism or Contextualization? More Denominational Leadership Changes Anticipated New Name Proposed for Back to God Ministries CRC in Canada to Monitor Assisted Dying Legislation Council of Delegates Aims for Balance in Recognizing Women’s Ordination Governance Restructuring Gives CRCNA in Canada More Ministry Control CRCNA Executive Director Resigns Stated Clerks Meet in California Classis Watch: Late 2019 When Should Council of Delegates Comment on Synod Matters? Study Needed on How the Church Should Speak on Justice Issues CRC Michigan Headquarters Getting $11M Right-Sizing Overhaul October 2019 Council of Delegates Actions Classis Watch: Fall 2019 Guide to the Acts of Synod 2019 Times Have Changed Officers Reflect on Synod 2019 Third Annual Women’s Dinner Celebrates Story Synod 2019 Officers Classis Watch: Spring 2019 Guide to the Agenda for Synod 2019 and Supplementary Reports Coming to Synod 2019: Recommendations to Prevent Abuse of Power May 2019 Council of Delegates’ Actions Synod 2019: What to Watch For Judicial Code Committee Asks Synod 2019 For Review Classis Watch: Winter 2019 No Synod Delegate Fees, No Delegation Requirements, Some Classes Say Bible Translation Standing Committee Proposed Appointments to OSJ Committee Delayed Canadian Denominational Employees Get Pay Scale Bump Centre for Public Dialogue Work Plan Approved Council Discusses Indigenous Ministries Canadian Churches Press Government on Nuclear Arms Task Force Recommends Refinements for Annual Synods Council Works on Assignments from Synod 2018 Committee to Guide Office of Social Justice Planned Are Canadian CRC Employees Paid Enough? Council of Delegates Discusses Reimagining Ministry Shares CRC Leaders Sign Another Refugee Resettlement Statement, Churches Continue Longtime Involvement CRC Releases Statement on Forced Family Separation Policy Practicing Unity, One Step, One Synod at a Time On the Journey Together Fresh Faces on Synod 2018 Executive One, One, One, One Council of Delegates Debates Suggested Style Guide LGBTQ Additions What to Watch for at Synod 2018 Council of Delegates Comments on Justice Overtures COD Recommends $7 Ministry Shares Increase Safe Church Work Increasing Exponentially Contentious Do Justice Article Deleted Denominational Staff, Minnkota Leaders Meet about Do Justice Blog Classis Renewal and More Actions by the Council of Delegates Church Renewal Requires More Than Strategies and Resources Ministry Priorities, Budget Realities Faith Formation Ministries Gains Momentum CRC Directors Sign Statements on Poverty, Racism, Refugees Resonate Missionary Still in Hospital Former Chaplaincy Director Keizer Dies CRC Leader Disconcerted by Jerusalem Declaration CRC Members Called to Action on Abortion Bill Council of Delegates Holds Inaugural Meeting Council of Delegates Releases Statement about Killings and Natural Disasters More Inspire Gatherings Planned Council of Delegates Explores Relationship with Reformed Church in America Classis Releases Former Race Relations Director from Ministry as One Deposed Would You Like a Hymn with That Beer? What to Watch for Post-Synod 2017 Canadian Council of Churches Says U.S. Not Safe for Refugees Do Justice, Love Mercy—But How and When? Mission Agency Directors Find New Roles Reformed Churches of South Africa Greet Synod 2017 Synod Hears from Churches in Ethiopia, Congo, and South Sudan Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterian Church Looks to Learn, Collaborate Executive Director Defends Social Justice Activities Synod 2017 Executive Has Fresh Faces Finding Love at Synod What to Watch for at Synod 2017 Synod 2017 Asked to Approve New Mission Agency Name Board of Trustees Meets for Last Time Concern for Refugees on Both Sides of Border Back to God Ministries to Leave Palos Heights Curriculum Solutions Approved, Little Funding Available News from the Board of Trustees Director Appointed for New Mission Agency, Synod Ratification Required Reginald Smith Appointed Director of Race Relations and Social Justice Roelofs Appointed as New Director of CRC Chaplaincy and Care Finding Financial Shalom for Pastors CRC Executive Director Signs Petition Regarding Refugees Rape Culture and Christian Colleges CRC Leaders Speak Out on Quebec City and Immigration New Mexico Church Holds Service of Listening and Repentance Climate Witness Project Moves Focus to Congregations Wolterstorff: Biblical Justice and Same-Sex Marriage CRC Begins Exploring Curriculum Options Council of Delegates to Be Launched Early Trustees Approve Allocation of Ministry Shares Race Relations and Office of Social Justice Roles to Be Combined Synodical Committee on Human Sexuality Membership Announced CRC Leaders Issue Statement on Racism Clarifying Synod 2016’s Decisions on Pastoral Advice Regarding Same-Sex Marriage What to Watch for Post-Synod 2016 Regional Gathering Plans Changed Lugo Resigns from Race Relations Synod 2016: A Growing Divide Two Men Found Guilty of Tim Bosma Murder Synod 2016 Says Sexual Abuse by Officebearers Will Not Be Tolerated Engage 2016: Weathering the Storms Synod 2016 Elects Officers with Experience Synod 2016 Opens with Worship Engage 2016: No Reconciliation without Lament Ministry Funding Receives New Scrutiny Board News: World Literature Ministries to Be Closed Banner Editor Nominee Seeks to Be a Shalom-Maker Canadians Hold National Gathering What to Watch for at Synod 2016 Texas Churches, World Renew Provide Aid after Record Flooding Website Supports Traditional Marriage, Rejects Synodical Report on Same-Sex Marriage Rehoboth, Zuni Churches Criticize Doctrine of Discovery Synodical Report U.S. Senior Executives Learn about Canadian Charity Law Chicago Teen Gunned Down Body of Rev. George Vander Weit Recovered Free for the CRC CRC in Canada Weighs In on Assisted Suicide Board of Trustees Welcomes Young Adult Representatives Budget, Name Changes and More: News from the Board of Trustees Ancaster Church Supports Family of Tim Bosma During Murder Trial Synodical Committee Rejects Doctrine of Discovery, Criticizes CRC Ministry to Navajo Synodical Committee Member Participates in Same-Sex Wedding Michigan Classis Accepts Study Report on Same-Sex Marriage, Offers It to Synod 2016 Pastoral Guidance for Churches Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Synodical Report on Religious Persecution Calls for Prayer and Mobilization Former Banner Editor Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven Dies CRC Delegation Goes to Paris Former Banner Associate Editor Dies British Columbia Classis Evacuated after Fire Breaks Out Faith Leaders Call on New Canadian Government to Focus on Palliative Care Instead of Assisted Suicide Synodical Study Committee Reports Released News from the Board of Trustees No New Children’s Curriculum in Development U.S. Christian Reformed Churches Advised to Adopt Wedding Policy CRC Executive Director Issues Statement on Court Ruling re Same Sex Marriage In our view: Synod 2015, Moving Forward with Hope and Optimism Synod 2015 Launches Denominational Structure Overhaul Synod Prays and Weeps After South Carolina Shooting Synod 2015 Approves New Banner Mandate Synod 2015 Urges Churches to Engage with the Belhar Confession Report from the Board of Trustees: By God’s Grace, We’ve Made Tremendous Progress God Holds the Glass, Half Full or Half Empty CRC’s Relationship with Protestant Church in the Netherlands Will Remain Close Synod 2015 Officers Represent the Diversity of the Church. “A Word of Grace for a Weird and Wonderful Church” Everything You Want to Know—and More—about Following Synod CRC Representatives Participate As Truth and Reconciliation Commission Winds Down Ecumenical Relations Committee Puts Belhar Confession on Synod 2015 Agenda More Concerns Raised about Recommendations from the Task Force on Structure and Culture Denomination and Congregations Challenged to Build Stronger Support for Youth Ministry Young Adults to Be Represented at Board of Trustee Meetings CRC Receives Energy Star Award Board of Trustees Elects New Executive Mission Agency Unification Plan Endorsed by Board of Trustees Banner Matters at the Board of Trustees Money Matters at Board of Trustees Meeting Board of Trustees Comments on Structure and Culture Task Force Report Disability Concerns Honored by Associated Church Press World Renew-U.S. Gets New Director Jerry An Appointed Chinese Ministry Leader for Back to God Ministries International What to Watch for at Synod 2015 Classis Quinte Apologizes to Maranatha Church in Belleville Joel Boot Turns Over Reins of the CRC’s Administration Board of Trustees Reviews Structure Task Force Report Thank You, Louis! News from the CRC’s Board of Trustees February Meeting Colin Watson Appointed Director of Ministries and Administration for CRC CRC Members Urged to Respond to Supreme Court Ruling on Assisted Suicide Vander Zee Appointed Interim Banner Editor Directors Explain Agency Unification Proposal Under New Leadership: Christian Higher Education in the CRC World Renew Appoints New Disaster Response Team Leader Ryskamp to Retire from World Renew Ministry Shares Income Down Substantially Task Force Report on Structure Available in April Synod 2016 May Include Deacons CRC Issues Statement on Ferguson, New York CRC Executive Director Attends White House Gathering Is Your Church Breaking Copyright Law? Denver Conference Supports Asian-American Congregations De Moor to Retire from The Banner It’s All About the Call Friendship Ministries Gets New Director Synod 2014: A Church in Transition Synod 2014 Ends with Travel Nightmare Synod 2014 Celebrates Milestones Building Memorials at the Synodical Service of Praise Synod Adds Workshops to Agenda CRC and RCA Synods Unite for Historic Joint Session Synod 2014 Elects Binational Executive Calvin College Raises $25 Million for Debt Relief What to Watch for at Synod 2014 News from the Board of Trustees One Percent Ministry Share Increase Proposed Ontario Pastor Named New Canadian Ministries Director Committee for Pastoral Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage Seeks Input What If? “A New Day” in Canadian Ministry Classis Toronto States Deposed Pastor May Not Serve as Elder News from the Board of Trustees New Mandate for Banner Council Rice Moving to Baker Publishing Group Disability Concerns Gets Broadened Mandate Board of Trustees Get Strategic Planning Update Timmermans Nominated to be CRC’s Executive Director CRC Leads Ecumenical Discussion on Role of Confessions Calvin College Announces Spending Priorities Copresidents Departing from Institute for Christian Studies Alberta Business Raises Cash for Charity World Missions Explains the 90 Percent, Missionaries Not Convinced Search for New Executive Director Proceeding Alberta Construction Crew Uncovers Dinosaur Skeleton World Renew Changes Bylaws Calvin College Finances Improving News from the Board of Trustees New Budget Process Proposed Board of Trustees Expresses Disappointment, Keeps De Moor as Editor of The Banner New Lessons from Timothy Church Crawl Connects Students to Local Churches Ontario Parents Brace for Tax Reassessment Flood-Ravaged High River, Alberta: Two Months Later Ontario Pastor Is a Sea to Sea Miracle Widow of Slain Ontario Man Pays It Forward Police Search for Missing Michigan Pastor Extreme Heat Temporarily Halts Sea to Sea Bike Tour Synod 2013: Singing Together, Old Songs and New Faith Formation Committee Ends, Work Continues Synod 2013 Wraps Up Synod 2013 Careful About Who Is on Study Committees For Such a Time as This Singing the Whole Story What Is God Up to in the Christian Reformed Church? Philadelphia Pastor Receives Dante Venegas Award Synod 2013 Elected Experienced Executive Calvin College Cuts Staff Thousands Mourn with Ontario Congregation Ontario Man Found Dead Following Abduction More Press Awards for The Banner Board of Trustees Endorses Diversity in Leadership Report After Costs Significantly Lowered Will Synod 2013 Matter in the Pew? Two Percent Ministry Share Increase Recommended For Faith Formation Canadian Director Position Redefined Nominee for Executive Director Withdraws Lift Up Your Hearts Arrives Alberta Chaplain Receives Award of Excellence Synod 2013 Urged to Fund Diversity Efforts Calgary Engineer Helps Design Hope in Honduras Something Old, Something New in Structure Task Force Report Synod 2013 Asked to Consider an Affinity Classis Highlights from 2013 Winter Classis Meetings News Round-up from the Board of Trustees Calvin College Reveals More Information about Debt Drastic Changes Ahead for Faith Alive Board of Trustees Struggles with Budgeting for New Ministry Priorities Alberta College Gets Top Marks for Student Satisfaction Task Force Calls for Deacons at Classis, Synod Canadian Forum Causes Both Appreciation and Frustration Visser Reinstated at Belleville’s Maranatha CRC Cyclists Gear Up to Cross the Continent January Conference to Address Canadian Role in Binational Church CRC’s Publishing Ministry Forced to Cut Staff Calvin College VP of Finance Steps Down Calvin College Faces Financial Challenge Michael Le Roy Installed as Calvin College President Vandezande Named Interim Canadian Director Board of Trustees Endorses U.S. Asylum Legislation Board of Trustees Talks Strategic Planning, Youth Ministry Director of Canadian Ministry Resigns Ontario Deacon First Signer of New Covenant for Officebearers Climate Change in the Church Search Process in Place for New Executive Director Synod 2012 Struggles with the Role of the Church in Society Chaplain Tunes in to Synod from Afghanistan Looking Back on How CRC Ecumenicity Has Changed Synod 2012 Deals with Maranatha CRC and Classis Quinte A Busy Week at Synod 2012 Board President Reviews Joys, Challenges of Previous Year Executive Director Tells Synod the State of the Church Is Critical Synod 2012 Elects Experienced Executive Former Banner Editor Resigns from CRC Ministry Selles Nominated as Director of Back to God Ministries Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights Synod 2012: What to Watch For Board Approves Leadership Council Change Synod 2012 to Decide on Adopting Belhar Confession Revised Covenant for Officebearers Coming to Synod 2012 Synod 2012 Asked to Make Climate Change Declarations Write for The Banner! CRWRC Seeks Approval to Change Name Board Approves Priorities for Centre for Public Dialogue Board Endorses Le Roy for Calvin Presidency Why Being a Binational Church Is So Important Board Restructures Leadership Exchange CRWRC-Canada Awarded $7 Million Academic Freedom and Confessional Integrity: A Delicate Dance Looking Back and Looking Ahead on CRWRC’s Birthday ‘The Good Wife’ and the CRC CRC in Canada Lowers Afghanistan Priority Task Force on CRC Structure and Culture Seeks Input Alumni of Young People’s Convention Reunite Medenblik Inaugurated as President of Calvin Seminary Women in Ministry: 15 Years Later Belleville Church Granted Stay on Suspending Pastor Structure Talk Dominates CRC Board Meetings Safe Church Policies Applied to CRC Employees Back to God Director Passes Away News Feature: What ‘All Nations’ Looks Like in the CRC Task Force Underway to Study CRC Structure Belleville Church Will Appeal to Synod Rather than Disaffiliate Calvin College Religion Profs in the News; One Alleges College Is Being Dishonest World Communion of Reformed Churches Sets Priorities Borgdorff Appointed Deputy Executive Director Tractor Dave to Resume Tour in July Proceed with Caution: A Road Guide to Synod 2011 Blest Be the Tie that Doesn’t Bind Synod Hears Report from Trustees Synod Hears State of Church Address Synod 2011 Goes Paperless Tractor Dave in New England Board of Trustees Sets Parameters for Structure Review And He’s Off! Forget Waldo – Where’s Tractor Dave? West Michigan Pastor Asked to Be CRC’s Interim Executive Director Board of Trustees to Review CRC Structure Synod 2011: What to Watch For Synod Asked Not to Endorse Diversity Report Zero Percent Ministry Share Increase Proposed Where U At? 2011 Director of Denominational Ministries Resigns Denominational Governance: Time to Get Back to Reformed Basics Former Executive Director Speaks Out about Resignation CRC Executive Director Resigns CRC and RCA Synods to Hold Combined Session Interim Safe Church Director Appointed Covenant for Officebearers Proposed Ministers, Spouses, and Churches Get Dinged on New Pension Rules Board of Trustees Adopts Diversity Report Swagman Resigns from Safe Church Ministry New Home Missions Director Appointed Haiti: A Philosophical and Funding Dilemma Haiti: It Isn’t Just About the Houses A Firsthand Look at Rebuilding Haiti King's Linked to Guantanamo Trial Haiti: It Just Takes Time Idaho Woman Bags Huge Mountain Lion Michigan Women Still SWIMming 30 Years Later Synod 2010: First-Time Officers Synod 2010: Rev. Henry De Moor-Synod’s Senior Statesman Retires Synod 2010: Ecumenical Relations Committee Gets Interfaith Mandate Synod 2010: Greetings from Canadian Council of Churches Synod 2010: Belhar Thumbs-Up from RCA Synod 2010: In Our View: It Was a Quiet Week in Palos Heights SYNOD 2010: What to Watch For Baptized Children at the Lord’s Supper, Take Two Board Proposes Three-Percent Ministry Share Increase Illinois Pastor Nominated for Seminary President Illinois Pastor Nominated for Seminary President New Guidelines for Abuse Cases Proposed Calvin Seminary President Nominee Board Responds to Synod’s Request Concerning CRC Structure Changes CRC Signs Climate Change Declaration Chaplaincy Gets New Director, New Name GEMS’ Gift to Haiti Helping Haiti CRC Parsonage Burned in Nigeria Horror, Hope, and Help in Haiti Taking the Long View in Haiti and Elsewhere CRC Members Traveling To and From Haiti CRWRC Lays Off Staff Worship Delayed for Olympic Torch Relay CRC Learns N.A. Staff Safe, Begins Aid Efforts in Haiti Staff Remain on Alert in Guinea, Honduras CRWRC Faces Rare Funding Shortfall Canadian Government Cuts Justice Funding, Church Members Asked to Contact MPs CRC Advocates for Travel to Cuba Travel to Guinea on Hold for CRC Personnel Travel to Guinea on Hold for CRC Personnel New Network for Churches Launched CRC Endorses Statement on Immigration Calvin Faculty Wants Homosexuality Statement Withdrawn CRC Deficit Tops $9 Million Christian Reformed Staff Safe in Honduras Christian Reformed Staff Safe in Honduras Adema Named Canadian Council President Synod on the Web Multiethnic Conference: Diversity Doesn’t Come Easily Synod's Experienced, Diverse Executive In Our View: Stretching for Diversity and Unity Minority Voice Lost What to Watch for at Synod 2009 Budget, Denominational Survey on Board’s Agenda Is CRC Decision-Making in Too Few Hands? Mentoring Blessings Synod, Budget Both High on CRC Board Agenda CRC Ministries and Employees Feel Budget Pinch Calls for Mid-East Peace CRC Prepares for Economic Downturn Young Samaritans Lawsuit Filed Against Ontario Pastor, Church Board of Trustees Updates Faith Alive Gets New Director Sea to Sea: Serving While Cycling Sea to Sea: By the Numbers Sea to Sea: The Morning After Sea to Sea: Weathering the Tour Sea to Sea: 158 Meals for Those on Wheels Sea to Sea: Injured Cyclist Returns to Tour Sea to Sea: I Do, Goodbye Tuit Leaving Seminary From Sea to Shining Sea—What a Ride! Convention of Cousins Black and Reformed Conference CRC Cuts Formal Ties to Dutch Church Synod Is in the Genes Women Make History at Synod Highs and Lows of a Historic Synod What to Watch for at Synod 2008 Sea to Sea 2008 Largest Cross-Continent Bike Tour Report Calls for Better Response When Leaders Abuse Reports to Synod Too Late for Churches CRC Staff in Kenya Safe Remembering Truckers on Christmas The RCA: Our Closest Friend Farmers Ship Millionth Ton Where Did Our Young Adults Go? Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future New Bible Translation Approved for Worship Synod Elects Seasoned Officers Synod 2007: A Taste of the Kingdom What to Watch for at Synod 2007 Connections New Tax Law Affects U.S. Churches Churches Connecting with Churches Ontario Child Allowed Three Parents Home Missions Changes Prompt Staff Exodus Sea to Sea Wedding Home Missions Moves Staff to Regions Seminary Accused of Gender Discrimination Churches in Conflict with Classis NOTEWORTHY Task Forces Appointed on Communion and Abuse, None on Bible Translation CRC Ready to Launch 150th Anniversary Celebrations Not Your Mother’s Coffee Break Convention Calvin First, Dordt High in College Ranking Abuse Victim Dies, Leaves Legacy Homosexuality Issue Continues to Splinter Churches Synod 2006: Welcoming New Congregations Synod 2006: Synod Appoints New Executive Director Synod 2006: RCA Pastors Eligible in CRC Synod 2006: Overview: Of Peacemaking and Elephants Synod 2006: Host Church Determines Synod Worship Service Style Synod 2006: One Step Forward, One Step Back for Women Synod 2006: Counting Members Synod 2006: Church to Seek Way to Respond to Abuse Victims Synod 2006: What to Watch New CRC Executive Director Nominated CRC Contacts Canadian, U.S. Governments Bremer Suspension Lifted Church Receives Funds from Wal-Mart Trendspotting Noteworthy: Engelhard’s Death Mourned First Toronto Replies on Homosexuality Issue Committee on War and Peace Reports First Toronto Given Deadline Video Service Shuts Down CRC Leader’s Faith Remains Strong in Adversity World News: American Baptists Face Exodus over Homosexuality Director of Aboriginal Ministry Receives Medal New Canadian CRC Director Appointed Classis Witholds Action Regarding First Toronto Christian School Student Expelled for Parent’s Lifestyle Youth Unlimited Summits Small, Intimate Noteworthy Injured Cyclist Visits Tour O Canada! What a Ride!