Synod 2015 Says Students for Minister of the Word to Get More Mentoring

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Synod 2015 decided that candidates for Minister of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church will have more involvement with their local church as part of their preparation for ministry.

Beginning with Synod 2018, “each candidate presented to synod (will) be required to have had three interviews with a classis or classis committee—an initial interview and then an annual  interview over the next two years.”

In addition, each candidate will be required to be in a mentoring relationship with a trained leader in the CRC for at least 24 months in partnership with a local church’s mentoring committee.

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About the Author

George Vink is retired after 50 years as a Christian Reformed pastor. One of his sons is an accident investigator for the Calgary (Alta.) Police Service, and his two brothers are retired from that position. He and his wife, Shirley, are members of Covenant CRC in Cutlerville, Mich.