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Synod Media Inquiries

Synod 2021 of the Christian Reformed Church in North America was to be held June 11-17, 2021 at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Synod 2021 has been cancelled. Essential items from the 2021 agenda will be discussed and decided upon at a special meeting of the CRCNA Council of Delegates.

Contact Information

Please direct your inquiries to Kristen deRoo VanderBerg, synod news officer.

During synod:
Cell: 647-981-6856
E-mail: [email protected]

Before or after synod:
Phone: 800-730-3490 ext. 4306
E-mail: [email protected]

Getting News

  • The main Synod website is www.crcna.org/Synod
  • Synod news is posted to the synod website throughout the day. There you'll also find instructions to receive daily email summaries.
  • You may also watch the live webcast and view on-demand recordings of prior webcasts.
  • A tentative schedule is drawn up before synod, but it will change once the deliberations begin. The website and news updates will often list what's coming up next.
  • Please contact us to arrange interviews, receive current information on synod's actions or obtain background to decisions.
  • Reporters, photographers, camera people, etc. are asked to check in with the news office before visiting synod sessions.

Regulations for audio and video recording of synod

The following regulations were adopted by Synod 1989 concerning audio and video recordings of synodical sessions by media representatives and visitors:

Representatives of the media are permitted to make video recordings of synodical proceedings provided they observe the restrictions placed upon them by the synodical news office under the direction of the general secretary of synod.

Visitors are at liberty to make audio recordings of the public proceedings of synod provided they do so unobtrusively (i.e., in no way inhibiting or disturbing either the proceedings of synod, the synodical delegates, or other persons).

Video recordings are permitted provided the following restrictions are observed:
1. Video cameras are permitted only at the entrances, not backstage or in the wings
2. Auxiliary lighting is not permitted.
3. Videotaping is to be done unobtrusively (i.e., in such a way that it in no way inhibits or disturbs either the proceedings of synod, the synodical delegates, or other persons).

(from the Acts of Synod 1989)

Background

Synod, which meets annually, is the broadest decision-making body of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), a Protestant denomination with about 275,000 members in approximately 1,000 congregations in the United States and Canada.

Congregations are grouped regionally into 48 divisions known as classes. Synod meets annually in June with 192 delegates: one minister, one elder, one deacon, and one other officebearer from each classis. Read more about synod and CRC governance.