Friday, December 24, 2004

The CRC Church: An Exclusive Dutch Family?

Before I jump into this blog I want to first lay the foreground. I must first say that I am a member of the CRC church, and I love it. I have nothing at all against the CRC denomination. In fact, I love the CRC and what it stands for. I love Reformational theology, and I believe that it is scripturally sound and is severly practical.
Secondly, I have nothing against Dutch people. In fact I love them as well. My family on both sides is Dutch in background, and I would pretty much be excommunitated if I did not love them. Never the less, I like Dutch people just as much as anyone else. So far, so good.
But the more and more I ask my CRC friends about their churches and congregations I, for the most part, am somewhat disappointed. I love to hear about how their church back home is doing, as well as what type of worship style that they partake in. But I usually ask another question; I inquire about their church's Dutch to non-Dutch ratio. The answer varies alot, but I do see a common theme. A predominant Dutch population in the church. It is excellent that these Dutch-background people, enjoy this church and are able to call it their home church, but why is it that we do not have more non-Dutch members? Is the The CRC Church an exclusive Dutch family? Why is it that there are not more members in our churchs whose last names do not smart with a 'van' or 'vander' and end with a 'sma.'
Don't get me wrong, I am not at all trying to point a finger at any particular person or whatever, but there must be a reason for our lack of non-Dutch members. Some reason or reasons that make things the way they are. I believe that we Christian Reformers share great a past and present, and that this is to be shared with others. We have great theologin's works such as Augustine, Calvin, and other Reformational writers and theologins. Through these people much has been revealed to us, through them, and I would hate for us to keep it to ourselves. What is it in our churches that allows for the existing populations.
Maybe I am overgeneralizing CRC churches; this is quite possible, because I know for one, that my home church- Faith Community CRC- has a large non-Dutch population. In fact I can say that there is probably 70% non-Dutch members. This is greatly encouraging to me. This shows that we are doing something right. Almost anyone who comes into our church later says that they feel immediately welcome and at home. I think that this is awesome. Our members quite often bring friends and relatives. Nothing new or inspirational but it seems to work.
The main purpose of this blog is to get us CRC people, thinking about how we can broaded our congregations. We have something great going but we must do a better job of sharing it, and our Lord. We must really work on our witness. In this field we may be able to learn alot from Pentecostal churches. We need to cultivate a church that bears the characteristics of our Lord. A church that He would go to. A church that He would gladly call His own.


Blogger brent g. miedema said...

Excellent post, Josiah. I had a few thoughts, you can read them at the December 31, 2004, blog at

12/31/2004 5:37 PM  

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