Perhaps because it was a synod bathed in prayer, delegates were trying out new ways of practicing unity.
Carol Bremer-Bennett, director of World Renew-U.S., brought both a call to prayer and a clarification on the status of World Renew partners working in Nicaragua to Synod 2018 of the Christian Reformed Church, the denomination’s annual general assembly.
Abuse is something that affects us all.
After some debate, the CRC agreed to work with RCA on relationships with people from non-Christian faiths.
The synod banquet is always a highlight of the week.
One classis can contact each other but not make appeals without going to synod.
Forty-three candidates for the office of Minister of the Word were welcomed with words, worship, and cake at Synod 2018.
The Christian Reformed Church in North America, meeting at its annual general assembly, recognized several of its member congregations with commemorative plaques, noting their 150 years or more of ministry.
The Christian Reformed Church in the Dominican Republic (D.R.) became a Reformed church not as the result of missionary efforts but by listening to the Spanish broadcasts of the Back to God Hour—a ministry of the CRC.
At the jointly held synods (general assemblies) of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America, a symbol of past hurts turned to present blessings became a sermon illustration in the opening worship service.
An impromptu conversation over lunch led to greater shalom between parties on opposite sides of a discussion about the church’s social justice work.
The Christian Reformed Church welcomed two ecumenical delegates to address synod (general assembly) Tuesday afternoon.
“We named courageous women from the past, present, and future of our denomination,” said Denise Posie, the CRC’s director of leadership development for women and ethnic ministry. “We can’t neglect the history.”
Synod delegates spent time in discussion and in prayer for reconciliation.
In press releases describing the planned changes, both schools reiterated their commitment to their Reformed Christian perspective and suggested the change in status would increase their reach.
This year’s young adult representatives at synod are impressed by the process.
Synod 2018 took steps to clarify rules for commissioned pastors in the Christian Reformed Church.
Synod 2018 (the annual assembly of the Christian Reformed Church) encouraged its congregations, regional assemblies, and appropriate agencies to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the historic and influential Synod of Dort in 2019.
Classis Atlantic Northeast and Classis Illiana, two regional groups of churches within the Christian Reformed Church, asked for $25,000 to assist immigrant churches to affiliate with the CRC.
Chairperson Paul De Vries stressed for synod delegates that COD’s role is to follow synod’s instructions.
Synod 2018 (the annual assembly of the Christian Reformed Church) approved the transfer of three congregations from one classis (a regional assembly of congregations) to another.
In his address to Synod 2018, Steven Timmermans, executive director of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, urged delegates to adopt a hopeful view of what is “not our grandparents’ church.”
For the first time ever, delegates from the Reformed Church of America (RCA) and the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) gathered together in small groups to discuss and provide direction on four proposals to increase cooperation.