In what is always a celebratory moment in the life of synod, the latest crop of candidates for ministry were introduced Tuesday morning as Synod 2022 meets on campus of Calvin University. Susan LaClear, director of the Christian Reformed Church’s Candidacy Committee, said that this year’s group of candidates was “a bit leaner” than in other years—11 candidates were present at synod, and there are 23 in total. LaClear noted that some candidates, discouraged by online learning and other consequences of the pandemic, put their candidacy on hold. But those who persisted, LaClear said, “have learned to lean on God, and God has shaped them through refining fires.”
In his address to the candidates, Calvin Theological Seminary president Jul Medenblik focused on the way the candidates embody Christ, citing the words of Jesus in John 20:21: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Medenblik said the task set before the candidates is “to encourage lives that respond to the Lord.” This, he added, “is a hope that outlasts any pandemic.”
Synod along with friends and family in attendance gathered around the candidates while Jose Rayas, president of synod, led the body in prayer.
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