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This synodical committee has a membership of three located in Perth, Western Australia; with several correspondence members and an advisory member living in various other states of Australia.

The CER physically meets twice per year with the members continuing to deal with matters arising in the interim via emails and phone.

  • Members of the CER:
  • Areas of Responsibility
  • The Mandate of the CER

Rev. Geoff van Schie:  Ecumenical Secretary of the CRCA and  Convenor of the committee
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Rev Reinier Noppers:
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Mr Piet Potgieter (Correspondence Clerk)
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Rev Andrew Nugteren (Minutes Clerk)
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The domestic and international ecumenical relationships of the CRCA are divided up between the three CER members who meet in Perth.

The strategy of the CRCA is that each delegate should serve for a good numnber of years and be delegated to the same ecumenical relationships for the purpose of fostering personal friendships, with the goal of enhancing communication with its ecumenical partners.

The current CER has divided up the areas of ecuemical responsibility as follows:

ICRC –  Rev. Geoff van Schie

New Zealand:  
RCNZ – Rev. Reinier Noppers and Rev. Joe Vermeulen

South Africa:
GKSA (Gereformeerde Kerk South Africa) – Rev. Joe Vermeulen
NGKSA (Dutch Reformed South Africa) –Rev.  Joe Vermeulen
NRCA (Hervormde) – Rev. Geoff v Schie
 
Asia:
GKI: (Reformed Church of Indonesia) -Rev Henk de Waard
Sumba:  -Rev Henk de Waard

North-America:
CRCNA: Rev Reinier Noppers
OPC: Rev Reinier Noppers

Australia (Non CEF members):
PCA: (Presbyterian Church of Australia) – Rev. Joe Vermuelen
RPCA: (Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia) – Rev. Joe Vermuelen
PCEA: (Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia) – Rev. Joe Vermuelen

The CER shall

  1. Facilitate the ecumenical relationships of the CRCA through  contact other churches of Reformed/Presbyterian persuasion with a view to establishing mutually beneficial  ecumenical fellowship.
  2. Participate in ecumenical organisations in which the CRCA has membership, in accordance with the Church Order and Synodical decisions.
  3. Develop and maintain ecumenical relationships with other Reformed/Presbyterian Churches on the basis of
      1. Reformed confessions, polity and liturgy both in terms of their formal standards and their actual practice
      2. an agreed upon bilateral relationship, and, as a complement to the foregoing
      3. shared membership in the Reformed Ecumenical Council or any other ecumenical agency in which the CRCA has membership

         

  4. Undertake ecumenical relationships with the following goals:
      1. Mutual understanding of our shared calling as reformed churches, seeking always to maintain confessional integrity.
      2. Mutual cooperation in mission and diaconal work
      3. Mutual encouragement in proclamation of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ;
      4. Mutual pursuit of the unity of the Church of Jesus Christ (Church Order, Art 53) at local, regional, national and international levels.

         

  5. Facilitate ecumenical relationships in accordance with Synodical decisions re: Churches in Ecclesiastical Fellowship (CEF) (see below).
  6. Keep the churches informed as to developments in those denominations who are accepted as Churches in Ecclesiastical Fellowship through study of and contact with other reformed denominations, as discretion and opportunity allow.
  7. Advise the Synod as to
      1. the progress or otherwise of the established relationships, ascertaining whether such relationships are warranted and fruitful.
      2. which Churches should be received as Churches in Ecclesiastical Fellowship, and on what grounds.
      3. which CEF level should apply to each church
      4. reformed ecumenical organisations in which the CRCA should seek membership or affiliation.