General Synod

Annual Meeting

In its annual meeting, the General Synod sets the direction and tone for denominational ministry. It has authority in all matters relating to denominational program and policy. It also has general responsibility over all lower assemblies (regional synods, classes, and consistories).

General Synod 2021

October 14–19
Tucson, Arizona.

View plenary video schedule

Session Date Start time
Thursday Plenary Oct 14 6:30 PM EST
Friday Plenary 1 Oct 15 2:15 PM EST
Friday Plenary 2 Oct 15 5:00 PM EST
Friday Plenary 3 Oct 15 10:30 PM EST
Saturday Plenary 1 Oct 16 12:00 PM EST
Saturday Plenary 2 Oct 16 5:00 PM EST
Saturday Plenary 3 Oct 16 10:30 PM EST
Sunday Plenary Oct 17 10:30 PM EST
Monday Plenary 1 Oct 18 12:00 PM EST
Monday Plenary 2 Oct 18 5:00 PM EST
Monday Plenary 3 Oct 18 10:30 PM EST
Tuesday Plenary Oct 19 11:00 AM EST

Latest Synod News

General SynodNews
October 19, 2021

General Synod 2021 News Summary

Here's what you need to know about what happened at General Synod 2021.
General SynodNews
October 18, 2021

General Synod Takes Action on Creation Care in Response to Climate Change

The recommendations came from the Commission on Christian Action.
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October 18, 2021

General Synod Daily Recap: Monday, October 18

Here's what happened at synod on Monday, October 18.
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October 18, 2021

General Synod Daily Recap: Sunday, October 17, 2021

A summary of what happened at synod on October 17.
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October 18, 2021

General Synod Daily Recap: Monday, October 18

Here's what happened at synod on Monday, October 18.
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October 18, 2021

General Synod Daily Recap: Sunday, October 17, 2021

A summary of what happened at synod on October 17.
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October 17, 2021

General Synod Daily Recap: Saturday, October 16, 2021

After spending hours in discernment groups related to the Vision 2020 Team’s recommendations on Thursday and Friday, delegates considered those recommendations in plenary session on Saturday afternoon and evening.  Marijke…
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October 15, 2021

General Synod Daily Recap: October 15, 2021

A summary of the news and updates from synod on October 15; updated throughout the day

Synod Workbook

The document guide General Synod uses during the event.

View the 2021 workbook

Recommendations

An up-to-date list of all recommendations being voted on.

See the recommendations

Journals

Detailed recordings of the events of General Synod.

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The General Synod—

The governing body of the RCA

General Synod membership is made up of minister and elder representatives from each classis and regional synod. In its annual meeting, the General Synod sets the direction and tone for denominational ministry. It has authority in all matters relating to denominational program and policy. It also has general responsibility over all lower assemblies (regional synods, classes, and consistories).

Learn about the General Synod

Minutes of General Synod

The acts and proceedings from each year are recorded in the Minutes of General Synod, including reports and recommendations.

View past meeting minutes

General Synod Statements

General Synod papers provide guidance to the members of the church and are a part of the church’s witness in society.

View past synod statements