GS 2022 art 149

GS 2022Article 149 – GKN (Reformed Churches The Netherlands)

1.   Material

  • 1.1    CRCA Report 6: The Netherlands (GKv, DGK, GKN) (
  • 1.2    Letter from the Glanbrook-Trinity CanRC ( encouraging prayer and a tone of compassion and encouragement regarding the brothers and sisters in the DGK.

2.   Admissibility

  • 2.1    The report was declared admissible.

3.   Decisions

Synod decided:

  • 3.1    To maintain contact with the Reformed Churches The Netherlands (GKN);
  • 3.2    To mandate the Committee on Ecumenical Relations (CER):
    • 3.2.1   To continue to monitor developments within this federation, paying special attention to:
      •   The relationship between the GKN and The Reformed Churches (DGK);
    • 3.2.2   To be available for dialogue with the GKN;
    • 3.2.3   To submit its report to the churches six months prior to the convening of the next general synod.

4.   Grounds

  • 4.1    The GKN display the marks of the true church of Jesus Christ in their preaching, worship, and governance.
  • 4.2    The fact that the GKN are seriously working on unification with the DGK is to be noted with gratitude.
  • 4.3    When working towards Ecclesiastical Fellowship (EF) with two federations of churches in the same geographical location who are working on merging, it is wisest to wait until the new federation has formed. If EF is deemed necessary prior to the merger, EF should be entered into with both federations at the same time. The situation between the GKN and DGK is structurally similar to one GS 2019 dealt with (cf. GS 2019 Art. 120 Cons. 3.10).