Synod 2015 Says RCA Ministry Candidates May Receive Call in the CRC

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Synod 2015 (the annual gathering of the Christian Reformed Church) approved a way for candidates from the Reformed Church in America to receive a first call in the CRC. 

Under a 2005 decision by synod between the RCA and the CRC, candidates were restricted from serving a first call outside their home denomination. However, some congregations have had an intern from the RCA and want to continue the relationship after the candidate graduates.

This new option allows RCA candidates, in exceptional cases, to accept a call in a CRC congregation. RCA candidates must complete the requirements in place for CRC candidates.  

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About the Author

Clayton Libolt was the long time pastor of River Terrace Church in East Lansing, Mich. Since his retirement, he has served in a variety of interim positions. He is presently serving as the interim senior pastor of Sonlight Community CRC in Lynden, Wash.