Every year, RCA churches contribute financially to the denomination to support RCA ministry and care for pastors. Individual donors also contribute to RCA ministry and mission around the world. The financial services team cares for the finances of the RCA. If you have any questions, please email our department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year, RCA churches contribute a set amount of money per church member to the denomination. With assessments, the RCA is able to equip churches—and you—for ministry and to care for the pastors who serve it.
The 2020 assessment has been set at $54.30 per member. Here is the breakdown of that number:
|General Synod Council:||$46.10|
Send payments of assessments to:
In the U.S., make checks payable to “Reformed Church in America,” and indicate the purpose of the payment. Then mail to
Reformed Church in America
Attn: Finance Dept.
4500 60th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
In Canada, make cheques payable to “Regional Synod of Canada,” and indicate the purpose of the payment. Then mail to
Regional Synod of Canada
PO Box 5070 Stn LCD1
Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8.
Covenant shares are a new assessment method based on income. In a covenant shares funding system, each classis contributes to the denomination a flat percentage of the contributed income of each church within its bounds.
General Synod 2019 approved a proposal to replace the current per-member assessment for funding denominational work with covenant shares. Because moving to a covenant shares system requires a change to the RCA’s bylaws, this proposal will also need to be affirmed at the next General Synod before it can take effect. If approved, covenant shares will be implemented the following calendar year.
Just like assessments, covenant shares would make possible:
- Transformed & Transforming initiatives
- The work of the General Synod
- Denominational ministry support services
- Theological education
- The Board of Benefits Services assistance fund
Why covenant shares? Covenant shares reflect four values:
- They are biblical, reflecting the Bible’s emphasis on cheerful, generous, regular giving, and specifically on tithing as a percentage of income.
- They are equitable, allowing each church to support denominational work in accordance with its means.
- They are simple, reducing the risk of error and confusion by using a straightforward formula.
- They are congregationally supported, backed by churches throughout the RCA and easy for them to implement.
Global Mission Partnership in Mission
The 2020 Partnership-in-Mission (PIM) share has been set at $6,800.
Treasurers and church administrators
This area offers information and resources to treasurers and administrators as they support their churches in mission and ministry for Christ.
Church Growth Fund
The RCA Church Growth Fund, Inc. (CGF) supports the work and witness of the RCA by making loans to RCA churches, classes, and other agencies and affiliates so they can purchase, construct, or improve church property or facilities. The CGF also provides funds for New Congregation Matching Grants. CGF funds come from gifts and bequests from members and friends of the RCA, the sale of savings certificates, and earnings on CGF assets.