Synod 2011 Youth Representatives

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Seven young adults, ages 20 to 24, explained the viewpoints of the next generation at Synod 2011.

Caption Back: (L-R) Jon Bentum, Seth Adema, Corey VanHuizen, Mark Eekhoff

Front: (L-R) John Kloosterman, Robert Van Lonkhuyzen, Elizabeth Jennings

Photo: Karen Huttenga

Seth Adema, Jon Bentum, Mark Eekhoff, Elizabeth Jennings, John Kloosterman, Robert Van Lonkhuyzen, and Corey VanHuizen served as young adult representatives at synod.

“I’m excited in the direction that the denomination is going in listening to multiple voices,” said Mark Eekhoff. “But there’s still room to grow.”

The representatives came from all over North America, including Iowa, Illinois, Washington, and Ontario.

For more coverage while synod is in session, including webcasts, photos, a discussion forum, reports, and more, see the Synod 2011 website.

About the Author

Ryan Struyk was a former Banner news correspondent for classes Grand Rapids South and Thornapple Valley. 

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If we're really serious about youth in the CRC, then why not have every classis elect one youth rep as a voting delegate to synod. The youth are the future and without then the denomination could decline into oblivion.

That would be better than this. Frankly, they're not "representatives". They're a survey sample. A representative would imply some choice on the part of the represented.

More to the point, it is simply wrong to continue in this balkanizing of the church into different classes and factions. It implies that the purpose of Synod is to make sure all these groups get represented in order to satisfy their needs/wants/inclinations. But the purpose of Synod is to discern the will of God and then represent that to the Church.

If God has truly called these young people, then there is no reason why they cannot serve as elders and be proper delegates to Synod - and then they'll be there to help us discern God's will, not the will of young people, old people, white people, women people or any other kind of people. It's God's kingdom, not ours.