Creeds and Confessions

The Reformed Church in America is a confessional church.

This means that, as a denomination, we affirm specific statements of belief called creeds and confessions. (Read more about the significance of confessions here.)

Along with most Christian churches, the Reformed Church accepts three creeds that were written in the first few centuries after Jesus' death:

In addition, four "standards of unity" tell what the Reformed Church believes:

In 1978 the Reformed Church approved Our Song of Hope as a contemporary statement of faith. 

The Apostles' Creed

Full text of the contemporary and traditional versions of the Apostles' Creed.

The Athanasian Creed

Full text of the Athanasian Creed. 

Belgic Confession

The oldest of the doctrinal standards of the Reformed Church in America is the Confession of Faith, popularly known as the Belgic Confession.

The Belhar Confession

The Belhar Confession is the newest standard of unity of the Reformed Church in America, one of its four standards of unity.

Canons of Dort

Sure, the name’s a little dowdy. But the Canons of Dort are anything but. Written in the midst of a political and theological conflict in the Netherlands, they clarify the Reformed teaching of salvation and God’s grace.  

Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism is one of four "standards of unity" that tells what the Reformed Church believes.

The Nicene Creed

Full text of the Nicene Creed.

Our Song of Hope

A contemporary statement of faith adopted by General Synod in 1978.