Synod 2017

Rachel Hashimoto, third from left, spent four years teaching English in Japan in partnership with RCA Volunteer Engagement.

General Synod delegates commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with an evening of song and prayer on Sunday, June 11.

On Saturday, June 10, delegates requested that the RCA discuss the future of the denomination “in light of our current state of contention and division.” The recommendation calls for the discussion

“Our organizing around mission needs to be more focused around a who than a what,” said John Sherrill during a celebration of the impact of Transformed & Transforming, the RCA’s 15-year vision

On Saturday, June 10, General Synod delegates voted to instruct the Commission on Church Order to propose constitutionally appropriate amendments to the Book of Church Order (BCO)

Tellers tally the votes the old-fashioned way.

 

On Saturday, June 10, General Synod approved recommendations that classes assign mentors to students under their care and that the GSC develop a list of women in church leadership roles who can men

On Saturday, June 10, General Synod recognized 45 congregations as Missional Impact Partners for their financial support of the mission and ministry of the RCA.

In the evening on Friday, June 9, Richard Mouw spoke to the synod about civil disagreement—why Reformed Christians struggle with it and why we really need to improve.