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Advisers at Synod

All advisers are asked to remember their role at synod — which is to help the delegates from the classes and churches to make decisions for the whole CRC. Synod 2014 will consider a report that more clearly defines these advisers and their roles.

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Vital Worship Grants Program

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is excited to present to Network readers the Vital Worship Grants Program. The annual grants of $5,000 to $12,000 are to foster vital worship in congregations, parishes, and other worshiping communities in North America.

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  • Since the CRC is not in ecclesiastical fellowship with the Presbyterian Church of Canada, a direct transfer of membership cannot be sent.  A statement of the person's membership with notable dates...

  • Thanks for this helpful article, and for clearing up this misunderstanding!    

    You might also want to know that Article 36b was updated by Synod 2010 to read a bit more positively and now...

  • The classical licensure to exhort process is still in place, through Church Order Art. 43.     Check it out in the latest Church Order (2012) at http://www.crcna.org/sites/default/files/...

  • Hi Steve,

    No, you are not considered to be an elder any more after your term expires.  In the CRC we have limited tenure of officebearers--that is, they are called and ordained to office...

  • Hi Jeff, and the rest,

    One additional reason for the spike in the past decade may be the fact that Synod 1998 added the line to Article 16 about ministers being given a leave of absence to...

    posted on: The Article 17 Flag
  • Thanks, Josh.  Another example I know of is that of a clergy couple in which one spouse took a new position, so the other spouse went through an Article 17 release from his congregation.  In fact...

    posted on: The Article 17 Flag
  • Thanks for the article, Paul!  Many good thoughts.  

    I would add that Article 17 is also used when a pastor is released from ministry in a particular congregation for reasons that are not...

    posted on: The Article 17 Flag
  • One more note to this conversation....

    Since the Faith Formation Committee's proposal has not yet been acted upon (it will go to Synod 2011), the current Church Order article 59b is in...

  • I'd like to hear your thoughts on communion at weddings--that's a question that seems to come up more and more.

    posted on: Current Issues
  •  Thanks for posting this, Karl!  I hope it is helpful and encouraging to many deacons.