The following synodical reports are ready for study and reflection by the churches: (1) Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee—Belhar Report and (2) Form of Subscription Revision Committee II (2012). In addition, (3) the Creation Stewardship Task Force requested an extension in submitting their report and, thus, will be made available to the churches around mid November.
At its combined session of Synods last June the RCA and the CRC approved a joint new edition of the three historic Reformed confessions, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort.Today, I’m pleased to announce that they are available from the Beliefs page on CRCNA.org. Here are the direct links:
What is YALT? YALT stands for the Young Adult Leadership Taskforce which was commissioned by the CRC's Leadership Exchange to investigate and begin the conversation about how churches could engage with young adults from CRC congregations, especially with reference to raising up a new generation of church leaders.
The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Christian Reformed Church in North America met from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2011, at the Prince Conference Center, Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Mich.At this meeting the Board:
Here is a PDF version of my full article, and here's a summary...
The Belhar Confession should be adopted by the CRCNA as a declarataion or testimony, not as a Form of Unity equal to the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and Canons of Dordt, our basic doctrinal...
Before Jesus went to the cross for us. He prayed that we would become perfectly one with each other, with the Father and with Himself. WE COULD ANSWER HIS PRAYER. We could "Make every effort to pursue the unity of the spirit---there is only one body, and one Spirit" Eph 4:3 . But we don't...
For me it’s time to say farewell. For you who’ve read any of the posts about Synod 2011 it’s time to give The Network and the Board of Trustees some feedback. Was this blog helpful? Did it give you a broader understanding of what Synod 2011 would be addressing? Should the Board do something similar
I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then." — Lewis Carroll
I am fascinated by talk generated with the recent "date" the CRC had with the RCA. True we were once one, and then there was that messy divorce- what was it over again?
Many have indicated...
Since 1997, when the denomination went to a one-week synod, a number of delegates have observed that there is simply not enough time to discuss the matters under consideration. The eye is always on the clock, and sometimes motions are made to restrict speeches to a certain number of minutes or to restrict discussion to a
In one of my pre-synod blogs I asked, “Does the recommendation of the Board of Trustees about future hires of the CRC’s senior leadership ensure greater diversity or does it set us up for another failure? Now that synod has adopted that recommendation, the same question can be asked.
Synod 2011 is finishing up right now. Our coverage included a few new things this year (e.g. webcasts on Facebook, daily synod notebook, more photos, links to Banner coverage), plus the things we've done in the past like webcast with chat, recording archives, daily news updates, prayer...
Ever since the “resignation” of our executive director, lots of questions have been raised. That’s fine. But lots of allegations have also been made. That’s not so fine. We need to remember that BOT members are volunteers, ministers and church members just like the rest of us...That doesn't mean we can't question
If you're here at Synod this year, you should check out the Network's table in the foyer. They are giving out the best pens of all the ones being given out!
Come to think of it, that's a little ironic, isn't it? Here's the Network electronic resource extraordinaire...
I read with great interest the editorial by Bob DeMoor and Gayla Postma in the June 2011 Banner about denominational governance. I appreciate the history and perspective and wholeheartedly endorse the conclusion that perhaps we go back to a less business-like model of governing the church and...
Who's going to join us for the Synod webcast? www.crcna.org/Synod
If I remember correctly, last year we got up to about 100 simultaneous viewers during various parts of the deliberations. This year, I'm expecting that will go up.
For the first time, you can watch the webcast right...
Does the word "clear" mean that someone is going to present an undeniable truth that is evident to all, or is it a red flag signaling that a position not unanimously held is being propped up by a high-sounding word? Whenever I hear the word "clear" I instinctively, and sometimes unfairly, reach for my
Unfortunately, denominations have been formed because of debates about the sacraments. As Synod 2011 discusses the sacrament of baptism, both unity and continuing division will be evident.
Synod 2006 adopted a motion “to allow for the admission of all baptized members to the Lord’s Supper on the basis of their full membership in the covenant community” and instructed the Board of Trustees to appoint a task force to, among other things, “bring any appropriate Church Order Articles into conformity
Against the advice of the majority, synod adopted Declaration F. Nineteen years later Synod 2010 declared it was no longer part of our official position on creation and science. An overture to Synod 2011 contends, “the practical effect of that decision was to allow persons within the CRC to adopt evolutionary
Will the new hymnal cooperatively published by our denomination and the Reformed Church in America (RCA) include the Heidelberg Catechism and the rest of our creeds and confessions? Initially, the answer was “yes.” Now Faith Alive Christian Resources is asking Synod 2011 to say “no.”
This year a number of young people from Sunrise Community CRC in Austin, Texas reviewed a number of matters to be discussed by Synod 2011 and came up with this profound question: “Why is synod spelled with a “Y?”
Our current study of “The Form of Subscription,” a document that all officebearers sign to indicate their agreement with the doctrinal teachings of the denomination, began in 2004 when a classis asked synod to study the effectiveness of the Form. Seven years later “A Covenant for Officebearers” is being presented to Synod 2011.
Overtures sent to any synod focus on study committee reports that synod is receiving or on something that is “hot” in the denomination. And members of the denomination ask each other, “What are the BIG issues that this synod will address? The routine work ...doesn’t draw that kind of attention.
How does the language in which we communicate the gospel affect people? Do our words give the impression that God is irrelevant to “normal” life? Do our words help or hinder people in their relationship to the church, and more importantly, to God?
This year’s Agenda is first to report on our progress in incorporating ethnic minorities and women on denominational boards. It reports “a decrease of five women and a decrease of four persons of color on the boards over the previous year (p. 26).” No Agenda has ever reported on our progress in attaining our goal of at least one ethnic