In a ceremony marked by joy and laughter, synod, the general assembly of the Christian Reformed Church, received 39 new candidates for the office of Minister of the Word.
Twenty-two of the candidates attended synod, many accompanied by family members. With the candidates arrayed in front of synod, the director of the Candidacy Committee, David Koll, read the names of the candidates. When the names had all been read, the candidates were welcomed with sustained applause.
Jul Medenblik, president of Calvin Theological Seminary, reminded the candidates of three “markers of ministry in a world of division and separation: unity in Christ, unity of purpose in the mission of Christ, and unity in Christ’s body, the church.”
Led by Koll, synod delegates moved into worship. The celebration was brought to a close with coffee and cake shared with the delegates of synod.
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