Christian Reformed OK female ministers

After 37 years of struggle
The Christian Reformed Church quietly made history last month as its Synod voted to remove the word male from its requirements for church office. After 37 years of back-and-forth struggle, delegates opened the way for women to become ministers in any of the CRC’s 1,000-plus U.S. and Canadian churches.

Following that vote on June 12 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, delegates the next day also approved a step to allow women to serve as Synod delegates for the first time.

“This is the beginning of an opening I think is going to be monumental for the church,” said Carol Rottman, an advocate for women’s ordination since the mid-1970s.

However, the decision allows local church groups, called classes, to prohibit female ministers and elders from being delegates to Synod meetings. It was called a needed compromise to satisfy conservatives.


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