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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 2024

Tucson, Arizona
Thursday, June 13 – June 18

Season of Prayer before General Synod 2024

All RCA pastors, leaders, and members are invited to participate in a season of prayer leading up to General Synod 2024, taking place June 13-18 in Tucson, Arizona.

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Latest Synod News

General SynodNewsRestructuring Team
May 6, 2024

Restructuring Team Publishes Final Report to be Considered at General Synod 2024

The RCA’s restructuring team has published its final report, including ten recommendations that will be voted on at General Synod this June. An additional recommendation that involves a significant set…
NewsRestructuring Team
February 6, 2024

Restructuring Team Update: January 2024

The restructuring team met for our final in-person meeting in Orlando, Florida, January 16-18, 2024. The time together was bittersweet knowing this would be our final in-person meeting to accomplish…
NewsRestructuring Team
February 1, 2024

Virtual Roundtable Meetings Will Allow Denomination to Process Restructuring Team’s Third Draft Proposal

In late February and early March, the RCA’s restructuring team will host five virtual roundtable meetings to present its third draft proposal for an optimized denominational structure for future health…
General SynodNews
January 2, 2024

RCA’s Commission on Christian Unity Meets with Ukrainian Orthodox Church

On October 20, the RCA’s Commission on Christian Unity (minus one member) met with representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA (UOC-USA) at the Metropolia Center in Somerset,…

Synod Workbook

The document guide General Synod uses during the event.

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Recommendations

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

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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.

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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