The Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church approved adding two young adult representatives as non-voting members of the board, noting that engaging that generation in deliberations brings an important perspective to the table. They also noted that since young adults are the future leadership of the CRC, their voices are important to making decisions about strategic priorities.
The young adults must be 18 to 26 years of age, be professing members with demonstrated leadership capacity in their local community, and have previously served as a young adult representative at synod (the annual leadership meeting of the CRC). One representative will be from Canada and one will be from the United States.
The board limited appointments to a single two-year term, noting that by the time a young adult finishes that term, he or she may be past the age to be considered a young adult.
The executive director is also encouraged to use these young adult representatives to advise or serve on administrative task forces or teams.
It is unclear if the first young adult representatives will be appointed by the time the board meets again in September or if the board will need more time to present nominations.