Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) CII.D.

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 45

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
45

Synod is the assembly representing the churches of all the classes. Each classis shall delegate one minister, one elder, one deacon, and one other of cebearer to synod.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 45

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 45

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Supplement, Article
45

a. Denominational Funding
1. The synod shall annually review the unified denominational budget as proposed by the Board of Trustees and approve a ministry-share assignment to provide the revenue for that budget.
2. Synod shall review the annual budgets of the denominational agencies.
3. Following each annual synod, the executive director shall inform the classical treasurers as to their respective denominational ministry shares.

(Amended from Acts of Synod 1992, p. 711)

b. Regulations pertaining to the choosing of delegates to synod and synodical deputies
1. Delegates who believe the seating of (or election of) women delegates (or synodical deputies) is in violation of the Word of God may record their protest on the appropriate credentials. Their names, along with protests, shall be recorded in the minutes of synod.
2. Commissioned pastors serving as a solo pastor of an organized congregation may be sent as a ministerial delegate to synod and nominated to serve in other denominational functions where a person must normally be a minister of the Word.

(Acts of Synod 2007, pp. 612, 665)
(Amended Acts of Synod 2009, pp. 613-14)

3. Commissioned pastors serving in emerging churches and associate staff positions may be delegated as elder delegates to synod and nominated to serve in other denominational functions where a person must normally be an elder.

(Acts of Synod 2013, pp. 559-60)

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 46-a

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
46-a

Synod shall meet annually, at a time and place determined by the previous synod. Each synod shall designate a church to convene the following synod.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 46-b

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
46-b

The convening church, with the approval of the Board of Trustees of the CRCNA, may call a special session of synod, but only in very extraordinary circumstances and with the observance of synodical regulations.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 46-c

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
46-c

The officers of synod shall be elected and shall function in accordance with the Rules for Synodical Procedure.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 47

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
47

The task of synod includes the adoption of the creeds, of the Church Order, and of the principles and elements of worship. Synod shall approve the liturgical forms, the Psalter Hymnal, and the Bible versions suitable for use in worship. No substantial alterations shall be effected by synod in these matters unless the churches have had prior opportunity to consider the advisability of the proposed changes.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 47

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 47

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Supplement, Article
47

Regulations Pertaining to Article 47 of the Church Order

a. A substantial alteration is any alteration which changes the essential meaning of the creeds or the articles of the Church Order or which changes the church’s regulation of its worship through the adopted liturgical forms, Psalter Hymnal, principles and elements of worship, or the designated Bible versions to be used in the worship services. A committee recommending any change in these matters shall specify what change is being recommended and shall state whether or not the change is a “substantial alteration.”
b. Prior opportunity is understood as sufficient time for churches and classes to be able to respond to a substantial alteration with overtures or other communications to synod before the substantial alteration is adopted. Generally, churches and classes have prior opportunity in the case of study committee reports because such reports are received by November 1 of the year before synod meets. Generally, churches and classes do not have prior opportunity in the case of standing-committee reports and overtures because the printed Agenda for Synod is received only two months before synod meets and one month after the majority of the classes have had their last meetings before synod.
c. If the churches and classes have not had prior opportunity to consider a substantial alteration, it must be submitted to a following synod, which will consider its advisability. The first decision shall be understood as a decision to propose; the action of a following synod shall be understood as a decision to adopt.
1) A proposed change may not be implemented until it is adopted by a following synod. It has no effect on any other synodical decisions until it is adopted.
2) A proposed change has the same status as the recommendation of a study committee. The synod proposing the change may designate a person(s) to represent the change at the synod to which it is submitted for adoption. The proposed change and its representatives have all the rights and privileges of the recommendations and representatives of a synodical study committee.
3) If a proposed change is rejected by a following synod, that change (or one substantially similar) is not available for adoption by a succeeding synod unless it has been  rst proposed once again by synod.
d. Changes to Church Order Supplements are not subject to the above requirements.

(Acts of Synod 1995, pp. 755-56)
(Amended Acts of Synod 1996, p. 500)

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 48-a

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
48-a

Upon the nomination of the classes, synod shall appoint ministers, one from each classis, to serve as synodical deputies for a term designated by synod.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 48-a

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 48-a

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Supplement, Article
48-a

A classis may appoint a female minister to serve as a synodical deputy as long as, out of consideration for neighboring classes, a male minister is the alternate.

(Acts of Synod 2007, p. 612)

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 48-b

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
48-b

When the cooperation of the synodical deputies is required as stipulated in the Church Order, the presence of at least three deputies from the nearest classes shall be prescribed.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 48-c

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
48-c

Besides the duties elsewhere stipulated, the deputies shall, upon request, extend help to the classes in the event of difficulties in order that proper unity, order, and sound doctrine may be maintained.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 48-d

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
48-d

The synodical deputies shall submit a complete report of their actions to the next synod.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 49-a

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
49-a

Synod shall appoint a committee to encourage ecumenical relationships with other Christian churches, especially those that are part of the Reformed family, as articulated in the synodically approved Ecumenical Charter of the Christian Reformed Church so that the Christian Reformed Church may exercise Christian fellowship with other denominations and may promote the unity of the church of Jesus Christ.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 49-b

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
49-b

Synod shall designate the churches with whom the Christian Reformed Church is in ecclesiastical fellowship, the churches with whom the Christian Reformed Church is in dialogue, and the ecumenical organizations in which the Christian Reformed Church holds membership or significantly participates.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 50-a

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
50-a

Synod shall send delegates to ecumenical bodies in which the Christian Reformed Church cooperates with other Christian denominations, particularly those sharing the Reformed perspective.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 50-b

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
50-b

Synod may present to such gatherings matters on which it seeks judgment of churches throughout the world.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 50-c

II. The Assemblies of the Church

D. The Synod

Article
50-c

Decisions of ecumenical bodies shall be binding upon the Christian Reformed Church only when they have been ratified by its synod.