Four Nominated for Synod Vice President
Monday, June 11, 2018
Election to the office of vice president is a three-year commitment to the work of the General Synod, General Synod Council, and the Board of Benefits Services. After serving at the pleasure of or in the absence of the president in the first year, the vice president typically is the sole nominee for president
EJ de Waard is pastor of Owasco Reformed Church in Owasco, New York, where he has served for the last six years. He previously pastored Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Fenwick, Ontario, and Bethel Reformed Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He interned at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount, California. In the past, he has served on General Synod Council and has been involved in both church planting and revitalization. De Waard earned his M.Div. from…
Reformed Church in America
A call to the church to end harassment, abuse, and sexual violence against women and girls
For far too long, stories of harassment, abuse, and sexual violence against women and girls have been marginalized, silenced, mocked, and ridiculed. And this has been no different in the church.
The #metoo and #churchtoo movements have given voice to these stories of pain and made clear their pervasiveness. The culture is finally shifting and in this powerful moment, silence is not an option for the church.
We in the Reformed Church in America are ready to respond.
We are listening. We are speaking. And we are committed to taking action.
God has called us for such a time as this, to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, urging us forward.
Let's speak together.
AspenWind: What I hope for synod
“What are your hopes for General Synod this year?” That question, or something similar implying as much, is one I’ve heard frequently in recent weeks. It’s a fair question that some ask simply out of curiosity and others out of a deep desire to pray informed by these hopes. So here is that for which I hope
A synod that stays focused on the mission of the church even as it does the business of the church.
A synod that realizes that being in right relationship with God and with our sisters and brothers in Christ matters as much to God as does our being “right” on an issue.
A synod that knows at a deep level that we are God’s beloved not because of who we are or what we’ve done, but…
Disability Advocate Makes Leadership Accessible
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Cassie Lokker has been preparing all her life for her roles at First Reformed Church in Baldwin, Wisconsin. On staff, she serves as music and worship coordinator, and as a volunteer, she is the congregation’s disability advocate
Lokker has been singing and writing music for years. She’s performed at the state fair, plays the piano by ear, sings at coffeehouses, and recorded a CD. She also has lived with a visual disability since birth. She draws on that experience as she helps her congregation get even better at embracing and empowering people who have disabilities.
“I’m probably a more impactful person because I’ve been through the tough stuff,” she says, “and I can hopefully be a testimony in saying, ‘God has been with me, and he’s carried me through.’”…
World Refugee Day
Host a Refugee Sunday in your congregation.
Choose either Sunday, June 17, or Sunday, June 24, and rally support for refugees. Educate your church, pray for refugees, take a special offering, or invite a speaker who works with refugees.
Several organizations have collected resources to help you plan your church’s Refugee Sunday—everything from prayers and discussion guides to videos and infographics.
RCA Remembers Life and Ministry of Ed Mulder
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The Reformed Church in America celebrates the life of Edwin Mulder, who served the RCA as general secretary from 1983 to 1994. Mulder passed away on May 1, 2018, at 89 years old
“[Ed] was a leader whose heart for the gospel was as passionate for justice as it was for the good news,” says Tom De Vries, who served as general secretary of the RCA from 2011 to 2017. “Ed was at the forefront … in shepherding and loving the people that God had entrusted to him as a pastor, and in leading a denomination faithfully in its fruitful calling—from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Holland, Michigan.”
"Ed Mulder led the Reformed Church in America with pastoral wisdom, evangelical warmth, ecumenical vision, and prophetic clarity," adds Wes Granberg-Michaelson, who…