Synod 2012 Hears from Synod Potchefstroom in South Africa

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Professor Dries du Plooy told delegates of Synod 2012 that his visit was an act of obedience, “to be visible in unity.”

Rev. Dries du Plooy, Reformed Churches of South Africa Synod Potchefstroom.
Photo: Karen Huttenga

Du Plooy attended synod as a fraternal delegate representing Reformed Churches of South Africa Synod Potchefstroom.

“In Christ,” du Plooy said, “We are one body.” But in unity, he confessed, there must be diversity. “We accept and manage the diversity.”

Synod Potchefstroom faces a reality, he said, of watching many South Africans leave to become immigrants to Europe and North America.

Yet the church continues to grow—especially in black congregations, making it necessary for those training students in theology to adapt.

At its 2012 general synod, du Plooy said, the denomination tabled the matter of women in office to allow time to build a strategy for the Reformed Church of South Africa and to remain involved in spreading the gospel in a renewed way to youth—both inside the church and out.

“We’re doing well,” du Plooy said. “We have a vision to make Reformed theology available around the globe.

 

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Jeff Arnold is the Banner’s regional news correspondent for classes Kalamazoo and Lake Erie.

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