The Chicago Covenant

On April 22, in Chicago, IL, 24 Christian Reformed youth workers and denominational staff came together to strategize and strengthen student discipleship within the context of local congregations. Those attending were a great representation of the countless committed and passionate youth workers found in Christian Reformed congregations across Canada and the United States, and Youth Unlimited was blessed to play a role in supporting this gathering.

Following the 3-day gathering, this group assembled a document they entitled “The Chicago Covenant”. This brief document included; a vision for student discipleship, a call for support from denominational leadership and ministries like Youth Unlimited, a commitment to strengthen their congregational efforts and a commitment to pray and support the broader Christian Reformed church efforts.

At the June 2015 Christian Reformed Synod, Syd Hielema, Director of the Christian Reformed Faith Formation Ministries, will present the work of those 24 youth workers. Syd and those youth workers would like to invite anyone from the Christian Reformed Church who can agree with what’s in the covenant to join them by signing it. You can view the Chicago Covenant here and sign by clicking here. The hope is to have nearly 1,000 signatures before Syd presents it at Synod in June.

Youth Unlimited has had the joy of serving Christian Reformed congregations for decades and we eagerly sign it and welcome our friends to do so as well!

For questions and comments regarding The Chicago Covenant, please contact Syd Hielema at