As one can see from the past five-and-a-half decades of Christ Memorial history, the church has been richly blessed by God. As one of the largest congregations in the denomination, it has in many ways become one of its flagship churches.

Reflecting on a half century of history, several defining characteristics emerge:

  1. Worship: Pastors and congregants have highly valued the experience of true worship on Sunday mornings, thanks to the involvement of its choir and worship leaders.
  2. Visionary: The church has demonstrated leadership in the community of Holland as well as with the denomination.
  3. Mission Oriented: Throughout its history, Christ Memorial has reached out to the local community and around the world involving many of its members.
  4. Generous Spirit: Whether to help a member, serve the community, reach out to the world, or build new facilities, members have always risen to the challenge of giving of their time, talent, and financial resources.
  5. Accepting: The church has always taken seriously Christ’s invitation when He said “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Additional characteristics could be articulated by others who have been part of this ministry.

The church in America in the 21st century is facing challenges and issues that are in many ways different than what it has faced before. Diversity, gender roles, an aging population, youth who are estranged from the traditional church, and a changing economic environment are just a few of these issues. Christ Memorial will probably not look like it does today 10, 15, or 20 years from now.

However, Christ has been faithful to His bride throughout the last 2,000 years. The instructions He gave to His church in the book of Revelation still apply today: admonition to not lose its first love – Jesus Christ Himself; to hold to the truths of scripture; acknowledge that suffering is part of the journey of faith; be wholehearted in devotion to the one true God; grow in holiness; seize opportunities to serve God: and constantly be re-formed by the Word of God.

By remaining true to its calling and mission, Christ Memorial Reformed Church will not only continue to be blessed, but will thrive in ways not yet even imagined, with the help of God.