May 24-26, 2019
The Canadian National Gathering was held on May 24-26, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta. Read the news story.
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 Was It Held?
The Canadian National Gathering was held at The Kings University in Edmonton, Alberta from May 24-26, 2019. It was a prayer-filled event that built upon the work that began in Waterloo, Ont., in May 2016 at the previous Canadian National Gathering. It also included 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.
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 was sent to those who were selected and they participated 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.
The Canadian National Gathering was 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 received communication from the planning team about how to prepare for this meeting. Watch a sermon from the Canadian National Gathering here. You may also find the following documents to be helpful.