Synod 2018 has concluded its work. Pray for the delegates as they travel. To pray for specific items, use this Prayer Guide or subscribe to the CRC News email. You can choose to receive weekly emails (throughout the year), daily updates (for the week synod is in session), or both.

For more about Synod 2018 prayer, see this letter from Janiece Swets, the volunteer Prayer Mobilizer for Synod 2018 and member of the convening church for Synod 2018.


Dear Servant of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The CRC/RCA leaders are calling us to pray.  You are invited—beginning now—to be an intercessor for the 2018 JOINT CRC/RCA SYNODS.  

During the week from Thursday, June 7—Thursday, June 14, approximately 600 delegates and staff will be gathered at Calvin College to partner for global impact for the Glory of God.  Here’s how you can join the team of prayer warriors.  

This link gives you the opportunity to sign on to pray—before, during and after Synod—for unifying proceedings toward a Christ-centered global impact.  You are free to choose the time(s) that fit(s) your schedule and whether you want to pray on the Calvin College campus or to be in your own home.  We look forward to seeing your commitment to join this prayer movement.  

Keep in mind that praying together has its blessings.  For example, experiencing joint prayer meetings with the RCA intercessors, joint worship opportunities, and the unifying presence of the Lord in this company of open hearts and minds.  May it be beyond our imaginations...Ephesians 3:20-21

Why are we called to pray?  First, because Christ prayed to God the Father that we would be one—unified, protected and kept safe in the name of God John 17:11.   We pray for the unity Christ knew with the Father—to unify the differing personalities and priorities of all His followers.  

We pray as St. Paul prayed, that we may have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, to know God better, to know the hope to which He has called us, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for all who believe—that power is like the working of His mighty strength exerted in Christ when God raised Him from the dead Ephesians 1:17.   

We pray because our united 2018 CRC/RCA Synod moves us further toward Christ’s call, echoed in the intercession of generations past, to replace divisive factions with the intentional harmony for which Christ prayed.  Partnership in the mission toward global impact depends on God’s Spirit of wisdom and revelation to unite each delegate on the essentials of our faith, to give liberty in the non-essentials of our faith, and to have the wisdom to know one from the other and charity toward all and in all deliberations. 

Click here to sign on to pray.

Janiece Swets
Pillar Church, Holland, Michigan
Synod 2018 CRC Prayer Mobilizer