Statements of General Synod Page

church offices to offend against his or her conscience. Nor shall any church member be penalized for conscientious objection to, or support of, the ordination of women to church offices. Nor shall any minister of the Word or church member obstruct by unconstitutional means the election, ordination, or installation of a woman to church offices. (MGS 1980: 275) In 1989,…

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Reformed Church in America Vision 2020 Team Final Report Page

…the percentage of the congregational vote, a recent transfer of property to the church, forgiveness of or adjustment to assessments or indebtedness, and the recent investment of classis funds in the ministry of the church when considering the division of the assets of the church. A church that is withdrawing is encouraged to continue support of RCA missionary personnel and…

Report of the RCA Restructuring Team – Draft 3 Page

…purpose is achieved most effectively when good order and proper discipline are maintained by means of certain offices, governmental agencies, and theological and liturgical standards. The Holy Scriptures are the only rule of faith and practice in the Reformed Church in America” (RCA Book of Church Order, Preamble, p. 1). Imagine for a moment a re-focused Reformed Church in America…

Creating Bylaws for your Church Page

…Name. What is the official name of the church, as stated in the articles of incorporation? By what other names is the church known that will or could be used to identify the church? Example: The name of this church is Iglesia Alas de Águila, translated in English as Eagle’s Wings Church. This church, a member church of the Reformed…

Historical Series books Page

…growing church. The historical reflection placed in the context of the present church will provide a helpful resource for new missionaries and mission executives as well. Minutes of the Christian Reformed Church, Edited by Janet Sjaarda Sheeres. Classical Assembly 1857-1870, General Assembly 1867-1879, Synodical Assembly 1880. The Netherlands Reformed Church, by Karel Biel (translation and introduction by Allan J. Janssen)…

Policies Page

…or other addition to functionality of the Site shall be subject to these Terms. All copyright and other proprietary notices on the Site must be retained on all copies thereof. Reformed Church in America reserves the right to change, suspend, or cease the Site with or without notice to you. You approved that Reformed Church in America will not be…

Confirmation and the Reformed Church Page

…to the Lord’s Table. In the primitive church, the bishop, as the representative of the apostles, performed the entire baptismal rite. In those days each congregation had its own bishop, who was the local pastor. With the growth of the church, however, things began to change. The church of each city came to be divided into smaller worshiping parishes, served…

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How to Join the RCA as a Church Page

…where your church meets. Once you have become acquainted, determine if there is sufficient interest on both sides to continue. Topics to discuss Here are some topics to discuss with the classis representatives, likely over a series of gatherings: Express why your church is interested in joining the RCA. Share visions for ministry and evaluate alignment among the church, the…

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A Culture of Church Planting Blog Post

…for generations The Living Well is the newest church plant in a lineage of growth. Its parent church, The Bridge, was planted eight years ago by Centerpoint Church (RCA) in Kalamazoo. With each church it plants, Centerpoint is committed to multiplying into new generations of church communities. Over the course of nearly 15 years, Centerpoint Church has been a part…

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Blest Be the Tie that Binds: The Theology of Affinity Page

…were members of different regional synods. General Synod 2018 transferred Faith Community Reformed Church of Stickney, Illinois, from the Classis of Chicago, Regional Synod of Mid-America, to City Classis, Regional Synod of the Far West, for the reason “that Faith Community Reformed Church of Stickney can best serve the kingdom as part of City Classis” (MGS 2018, p. 115). Two…