A bird’s eye view

As an organization, the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) consists of ten (10) synods, of which nine are in South Africa. Namibia is the tenth one. The borders of the synods closely resemble those of the various provinces of South Africa and Namibia.

Every synod has its own regional structure, with a head office situated in the main town/city of that province. Namibia’s office of synod is situated in the country’s capitol, Windhoek, in 46A Schanzen Road.

Every synod also has full jurisdiction over its own affairs. In total there are 1158 congregations, geographically organized in 144 presbyteries (circuits). Total membership is 1,074,765. At local level (congregation) the church council, with the local pastors (there are 1,602 ordained ministers in the DRC), are responsible for pastoral care and ministry.

Namibia has 44 congregations with positions for about 50 pastors.

Synod meets every four years

Although the church is predominantly Afrikaans-speaking, it is not exclusively that. Throughout Namibia there are ministries utilizing the both the Otjiherero  and different SAN-languages. Windhoek has a well organized English ministry which is run under die auspices of the Windhoek congregation.

The Dutch Reformed Church in Namibia is committed to her calling in Namibia. By means of a registered Welfare Organization, Ecumenical Social Services or EcSOS for short, the DRCN endeavors to be part of the solution with regard to the many socioeconomic challenges that face the country.

Please contact the Office of Synod for more information regarding the DRCN at telephone + 264 61 374350. Or contact the general secretary, Rev Clem Marais at clem@ngkn.com.na.