Recording: Town Hall for Christian Reformed Canadians
December 7, 2020
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Ever wondered what Christian Reformed congregations have in common across Canada? Have you thought about how these churches could work together on shared priorities in the future?
A virtual town hall meeting, led by Chris Bosch from Chisel Consulting and Canadian Ministries Director, Darren Roorda, shared discussion and feedback about compliance with the Canadian Revenue Agency, recent changes, and ministry priorities moving forward. This town hall was held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 and the recording is available for you to view.
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Though one can appreciate the COD / Canadian Ministries is working to address the alignment of CRC ministries with CRA / charity legislation – key to understanding developments on this matter are the reservations that have been expressed in communications to Synod 2020, but also in the Banner, Network, etc. To-date Canadian Ministries / COD has dismissed those expressed reservations.
Now reservations are being expressed by a number of classes that the COD / CRCNA Canada Corp. / Canadian Ministries is operating outside of the parameters of Church Order as an appointed body of Synod, the oversight assembly. One might argue that the COD / CRCNA Canada Corp. / Canadian Ministries is appropriating “deliberative” functions that more properly belong with delegates at Synod, as one of three “assemblies” of the CRCNA. In particular see:
Postma, Gayla R. “Classis Watch: Fall 2020” Banner 2020-12-08
Classis Toronto will send a request to Synod 2021 to halt all proceedings related to the administrative restructuring of the Canadian CRCNA churches “as the actions taken by Canadian representatives serving on the denomination’s Council of Delegates and the CRCNA’s Canada Corporation are in violation of Church Order Article 27(a) and Article 28(c).” Classis Alberta South & Saskatchewan will send a similar request, as “such a move is unnecessary as the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) has not communicated that the CRCNA Canada is in violation of current tax law.”
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