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Statistical Survey of Grand Rapids Christian Reformed Congregations, 1970-1992

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The Christian Reformed Church celebrated its centennial in 1957, just in time to enter the turbulent 1960s. In 1961, several Protestant Reformed congregations (separated from the CRC after 1924 and separated by their own schism in 1953) returned to our denomination. In the same decade, several churches relocated to the suburbs, a few failed, and others began.
 
The Christian Reformed Church celebrated its centennial in 1957, just in time to enter the turbulent 1960s. In 1961, several Protestant Reformed congregations (separated from the CRC after 1924 and separated by their own schism in 1953) returned to our denomination. In the same decade, several churches relocated to the suburbs, a few failed, and others began.
   
The decade was marked by the assassinations of a president, a civil rights leader, and a presidential hopeful; inner city riots borne of anger, frustration, and hatred; great controversy surrounding the Vietnam war; and a counterculture movement driven by the baby boom.
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The decade was marked by the assassinations of a president, a civil rights leader, and a presidential hopeful; inner city riots borne of anger, frustration, and hatred; great controversy surrounding the Vietnam war; and a counterculture move ment driven by the baby boom.
   
 
This provides a partial backdrop for the story of the Christian Reformed churches of Grand Rapids from 1970 to the present.
 
This provides a partial backdrop for the story of the Christian Reformed churches of Grand Rapids from 1970 to the present.
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