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CRC History and Synod

Librarian-curated guide for CRC History and Synod resources.

What are the Agendas and Acts of CRC Synod?

The Agendas and Acts of Synod are the documents which contain the minutes and proceedings of this important annual church conference. Synod is an important part of the CRC's church governance, when groups of local churches (classis) get all together to debate and decide on issues related to the denomination as a whole. Issues range widely from missions and pastoral ministries, race and gender relations, etc. The resources below provide much of the history and record of the CRC Synods.

Synod Acts and Agendas Online

The Agendas and Acts of CRC Synods can be found in various forms and locations online, including both Hekman Library and the CRC's official website for Synod Resources. Use the links below to find PDF copies of all Minutes, Acts, and Agendas from 1857 to the present. You can also find bound, print copies in the Hekman Library on the 4th floor and Heritage Hall on the 2nd floor. 

 

Resource

Years

Description

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Minutes of the Highest Assembly of the CRC

1857-1880

Full Minutes (precursor to Agendas and Acts); both original Dutch and English transcriptions; PDFs online through Hekman Library

https://library.calvin.edu/guide/collections/hekman_databases/synod

Acts and Agendas of Synod

1881-1998

Full Agendas and Acts, some in translation form; PDFs online through Hekman Library

https://www.calvin.edu/library/database/crcnasynod/

NOTE: files ending with "_et" indicates "English Translation"

Synod Resources

1999-present

Full Agendas and Acts of 1999 to present; PDFs online through the CRCNA website

https://www.crcna.org/resources/synod-resources

Index of Synodical Decisions

1857-2000

Indices from the Acts and Agendas going back to 1857; PDF online through the CRC website

https://www.crcna.org/sites/default/files/Index%201857-2000.pdf

Index of Synodical Decisions

2001-2018

Indices from the Acts and Agendas of 2001 to present; PDF online through CRC website

https://www.crcna.org/sites/default/files/index2018.pdf