The Office of Diversity supports leaders representing Korean, African American, First Nations, Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. Together, these groups represent about one-third of all CRCNA churches today. And they are growing!
This is change!
Synod 2022 was the first denomination gathering in two and a half years for leaders of the Christian Reformed Church. As I sat in the gallery and watched the proceedings, I began thinking about the decisions and changes underway from growing the church through church affiliations with Korean and Latino communities and witnessed Jose Rayas as the first person of color holding the gavel as president of synod.
Yet, as I looked into it, I was shocked that only 18 of the 183 delegates at Synod 2022 were people of color. That's only 10% and we must do better! The noted lack of diversity this year necessitated the appointment of three ethnic advisers, according to synod rules.
In spite of this challenge, things are changin' for this small denomination and by God's grace we’ll continue growing into His diverse and unified family.