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The Christian Reformed Church will continue to be governed by men only—for now. At its annual policymaking meeting, held in Palos Heights, Illinois, the all-male CRC Synod on June 15 backed away from a proposal to allow female delegates. When a majority of regional governing groups allows female ministers, then allowing women delegates should be considered, delegates decided. Twenty-two of 47 of the church’s governing bodies, called classes, allow female ministers. The vote came shortly after one woman urged delegates to have the “courage” to allow female delegates. But others feared the move would open up wounds from the CRC’s decades-long battle over women in office. Said Daniel Mouw of South Grandville (Michigan) Christian Reformed Church: “There are many people who still believe deeply women should not be serving as ministers.”


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