May 24-26, 2019

Plans are underway for the next Canadian National Gathering to be held in Edmonton, Alberta.

What is a Canadian National Gathering?

Springing from a 2013 report to the Board of Trustees of the CRCNA on “Cultivating Binationality in the CRCNA” (see Acts of Synod 2014, pp. 432, 440-42), the Canadian National Gathering is a time to strategically celebrate, discern, and envision bold next steps for the CRC in Canada locally, regionally, and nationally. Gatherings of this type are held in Canada every three years as a way to have national conversations about ministry both in local congregations and as a national and binational church.


When & Where Will It be Held?

The next Canadian National Gathering will be held at The Kings University in Edmonton, Alberta from May 24-26, 2019. It will be a prayer-filled event that builds upon the work that began in Waterloo, Ont., in May 2016 at the previous Canadian National Gathering. It will include sharing ministry stories, identifying priorities, and inspiring local, regional, and denominational ministries to take bold steps into the future that God is calling us to.  

Who Will Attend?

Each Canadian classis was asked to send delegates to this meeting.

The selection process began in congregations, with each Canadian CRC asked to provide at least least one nominee for their classis to consider. The leadership team of each classis then reviewed the nominees and made a selection based on the nominee's written statements, the ministry work being done by nominees locally and regionally, and a desire to reflect diversity. 

An invitation has been sent to those who were selected and they will now be participating in a deliberate discernment process between January and May 2019.  For additional information about the gathering and what is expected of attendees, please read our FAQ document.

Background Reading

The Canadian National Gathering will be a time of spiritual discernment and reflection to determine bold steps for the next phase of ministry locally and nationally for the Christian Reformed Church. Participants will receive communication from the planning team about how to prepare for this meeting. You may also find the following documents to be helpful.

Pre-Gathering Homework
Canadian National Gathering 2016 Report
Our Journey 2020
Strategic Planning and Adaptive Change Taskforce (SPACT) Report