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In Memoriam: Rev. Scott A. DeVries

Scott DeVries had a calm demeanor and shared his strengths of patience, strategic thinking, and curiosity with the world around him. He had a great love for the church and his community. At his memorial service, two of his brothers testified to Scott’s love for others. “Scott exemplified love. He ex

Rehoboth Christian School Wins State Band Championship

Rehoboth (N. M.) Christian School won the New Mexico State Band Competition on April 20, coming out on top of all the 1A-3A schools in the state. The band, directed by Kevin Zwiers, played three pieces for the competition judges: a march, “Darklands,” by Randall Standridge; a lyrical piece, “Prelude

Council of Delegates Members Share Impressions of ‘Gather’

The Christian Reformed Church’s Council of Delegates meeting May 1-3 in Grand Rapids, Mich., heard a report from Zachary King, the CRC’s general secretary. He focused many of his remarks on the first Gather event, an initiative approved at the Council of Delegates’ February meeting, to begin hearing

Council of Delegates: May Meeting Roundup

The Christian Reformed Church in North America’s Council of Delegates met May 1-3 at Cascades Fellowship CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich., with the U.S. and Canadian ministry boards of the CRCNA hosting concurrent meetings as well.The Council is the denomination’s ecclesiastical governance board, which wo

Review of Judicial Code Ready for Synod 2024

At its May meeting the Council of Delegates of the Christian Reformed Church received a report from a team reviewing the denomination’s judicial code, the procedure set out in Church Order to be followed in cases of dispute over decisions of the assemblies of the church. The report recommends one ad

Banner to Lose Ministry Share Funding After 2027

The Christian Reformed Church’s official magazine, The Banner, will have to carry out its synodical mandate going forward without the use of ministry shares. At its May meeting the Council of Delegates accepted a proposal from its finance committee to “instruct The Banner to become self-sustaining t

CRC Members Serving Through Crossroads Prison Ministries for 40 Years

As Crossroads Prison Ministries celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, hundreds of Christian Reformed Church members representing about 224 congregations from across the U.S. continue their commitments to the Bible study correspondence ministry.Crossroads, founded in 1984, uses mailed curriculum

Wisconsin Women’s Society: 100 Years of Extending God’s Kingdom

The Baldwin (Wis.) Christian Reformed Church Dorcas Ladies Aid Society marked 100 years of continuous ministry April 30, still holding to its original purpose: "by means of the labors of its members to accomplish something for the extension of God’s Kingdom," as captured in the group's 1924 constitu

Young CRC Members Send Messages to Synod

Communications from two young women—a grade-12 student and a recent college grad—are among the 26 official communications included in the Agenda for Synod 2024.Synod, the annual decision-making gathering of the Christian Reformed Church, will meet June 14-20 in Grand Rapids, Mich.Lain Vasquez, 23, w

Scott DeVries, CRC’s Synodical Services Director, Dies

Scott DeVries, 47, director of synodical services for the Christian Reformed Church in North America, died Saturday, April 27, a few days after entering hospice care after doctors discovered cancer in March. DeVries and his family belong to Faith Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Mich. He was ap

Pastor Shortage?

“Many have inquired about the current ratio of vacant churches to ministers eligible for call, and there is a growing sense that the Christian Reformed Church in North America has a ‘pastor shortage,’” the denomination’s Candidacy Committee wrote in a 2024 report on the church’s leadership landscape

Synod 2024: What to Watch

The Agenda for Synod 2024 was published online last week, two months ahead of Christian Reformed delegates coming together in Grand Rapids, Mich., to attend to the various reports, requests, nominations, and communications. Synod 2024 will convene in one online session May 29 to elect officers and h

Ontario Church Members Hunt for Church History

Members of Clinton (Ont.) Christian Reformed Church went on a history hunt in April, discovering interesting things about their congregation’s past as they participated in Hunt75, one of many 75th-anniversary events designed to help the congregation be “Rooted in Faith, Growing in Hope, and Serving

Minnesota Church Mounts Holy Week Walk-through Event

Pease (Minn.) Christian Reformed Church, a congregation founded in 1895, has typically marked the week leading up to Easter with traditional observances including palm branches for children on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday commemoration, and a Good Friday service. This year, inspired by a suggestion

National Championship for Dordt University Women’s Basketball

Dordt University women’s basketball team won its first National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship March 26, defeating the University of Providence’s Argos 57-53. Dordt, in Sioux Center, Iowa, is one of six educational institutions denominationally related to the Christia

Classis Watch: Spring 2024

Two or three times each year, Christian Reformed churches send representatives to their classis, a regional assembly of churches.Many of the actions taken by classes are governed by the CRC’s Church Order, the rules that govern denominational life. Here are some of the actions by classes in the past