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Second Meeting ‘In Lieu of Synod’

June 18, 2021

“God is faithful. God is very faithful,” said Rev. Mark Vande Zande, pastor of First CRC in Orange City, Iowa, as he opened a special meeting of the Council of Delegates on June 15.

First CRC in Orange City would have been the convening church and Vande Zande the president pro tem of Synod 2021 if it had not been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Vande Zande opened this alternate meeting, he encouraged attendees to respond to God’s faithfulness by being faithful in return.

“May we never waver from the Word of God, and may that lead us and guide us in all the decisions we make,” he said.

The special meeting took place June 15 and 16 via video conferencing in lieu of synod to deal with matters that were deemed essential and unable to wait for Synod 2022. Each session was livestreamed, and recordings of the meeting are available on Youtube.

In the week leading up to this meeting, the various subcommittees of the COD also met for a few hours each to deal with individual matters in advisory committees. You can find agenda materials and the advisory committee reports at

Below is a summary of the key outcomes of the special meeting:

A full account of the decisions of this special meeting of the COD will be published and distributed this summer.