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Synod 2023 Begins

June 14, 2023
Synod 2023
Synod 2023
Photo: Steven Herppich

Synod 2023 began on June 9 on the campus of Calvin University. This year, for the first time, the annual decision-making meeting of the Christian Reformed Church in North America is being held in the university chapel rather than the Covenant Fine Arts Center. Here are some highlights from the first few days:

Synod 2023 Adopts Modified Code of Conduct for Ministry Leaders

Gabriela Tijerina-Pike Joins Calvin Theological Seminary as Latino Ministry Director and Professor

Daniel Daley Appointed Assistant Professor of New Testament

Synod 2023 Full of Brotherly Love

Synod Rejects Revisiting Adoption of Belhar Confession, Encourages Its Use

Guests’ Greetings and New Ecumenical Relationship at the CRC Synod 2023

Elder Delegate Is Ready for Call to Be Minister

Synod 2023 Agrees to Make Ministry Shares Program More Flexible, Continue to Study Response

‘Assisted Suicide’ Will Be Addressed with a Task Force and a Position Statement

Synod 2023 Considers ‘Virtual Churches,’ Doesn’t Rule on Their Validity

Young Adult Reps Thankful to Be Present at Synod 2023

Ethnic Advisers Bring Experience to Synod 2023

Synod 2023 Blesses Candidates at the ‘Doorway of Ministry’

Synod 2023 Has Lengthy Conversations about How to Address Membership Decline

Actions of Church Order, Approved by Synod 2023

Synod Plans Changes to Church Order for Pastors with Two Jobs

Synod Commissions Jamie McIntosh, World Renew Codirector

Synod ‘Strongly Advises’ against Weddings without Civil Sanction

LGBTQ+ Ally Group Gathers to Worship on Calvin Campus

Kevin DeRaaf Appointed as Director of Resonate

One Church, Five Synod Participants

State of the Church Is Weak but Hopeful, King Reports

Synod Encourages Churches to Lament in Prayer, but Does Not Require It

Council of Delegates Chair Addresses Synod 2023 with Encouragement and Caution

Synod Will No Longer Read Aloud ‘Repetitious Notes’ from Complementarian Classes

Church Leader Workshops Consider Prayer, Multiplication, Listening, and Ministry Shares

Synod 2023’s Service of Prayer and Praise Encouraged ‘Yes’ to God

Synod 2023 Will Keep Its Doors Open

Covering Synod 2023 in Prayer

Synod 2023’s Opening Moments

Four Pastors Elected as Officers of Synod 2023

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Synod will continue until Thursday, June 15. Still to be discussed are overtures related to human sexuality; the actions of Neland Avenue CRC of Grand Rapids, Mich., when it ordained a deacon living in a same-sex marriage; and additional matters related to Church Order.

Tune in to the webcast each day, read the live blog, or watch recordings of synod’s sessions.