Synod 2013 Witnesses Strengthening Ties Between CRC and RCA

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Leaders from the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America signed a memorandum of agreement for domestic disaster relief work.

Offering what they called a “window into what God is doing,” the directors of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America (RCA) spoke to Synod 2013 about ways the sister denominations are collaborating.

One key development in the RCA-CRC partnership is that the RCA is adopting World Renew as its domestic relief agency. Already the two denominations have collaborated in storm clean-ups, most recently after the Moore, Okla., tornado in May.

Leaders signed a “memorandum of understanding” as delegates watched.

“We talk about our denominations holding hands, but you’ve taken that metaphor one step further,” synod president William Koopmans said to the RCA leader. “More than holding hands, we are becoming part of one arm. You have added muscle and money.”

Delegates received a handout listing more than 40 ways the two denominations are collaborating, including church planting, disability ministries, ministry to chaplains, and shared administrative functions.

“We are increasing efficiencies and reducing redundancies,” said Rev. Dr. Tom De Vries, general secretary of the RCA. “We are excited.”

“The Holy Spirit is accelerating the relationship,” said Rev. Joel Boot, the CRC’s executive director.


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Roxanne VanFarowe is a freelance writer who lives in the woods with her artist husband James and their five children in Hillsborough, North Carolina. They are members of Blacknall Presbyterian Church in Durham.

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