Calvary Chapel In Oregon Transitions To The Reformed Faith

A former Calvary Chapel church has called a Reformed minister and hopes to move toward affiliation with the United Reformed Church of North America.

In 2009, Cornerstone’s elders decided to subscribe to the Three Forms of Unity as their confessional standards. For the next two years, two of the church’s pastors taught through the confessions on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. “Becoming Reformed has touched and reshaped every area of the church’s life: liturgy, pastor-led worship, the administration of the sacraments... Continue Reading

United Reformed Churches of North America to Reformed Churches of the Netherlands: Farewell

The URCNA voted to end fraternal relations [“ecumenical contact”] with the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands over the RCN’s decision to ordain women to all church offices.

The Dutch media reported that the RCN had examined its first woman at a classis for preaching consent.  Gerry Bos was examined by Classis Hattem and is now able to preach in the churches.  Even before Synod Meppel, however, one RCN church had already allowed a woman to take the pulpit as part of her... Continue Reading

Synod of the United Reformed Churches of North America: Day 3 Report

The United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) is meeting in Visalia, California for its ninth meeting of Synod, June 2-6, 2014

The delegates gave consideration to a nomination for the position of a mission coordinator.  After careful discussion concerning the role of and nomination for this position, Synod moved to an interview of one nomination for the position, Rev. Richard Bout. After the interview and deliberation, Synod, by significant majority, elected Rev. Richard Bout to be the first missions coordinator... Continue Reading

A Common Covenant Theology?

Thoughts on the Canadian Reformed Churches/United Reformed Churches Colloquium on Covenant Theology

Do the CanRCs and URCs have a common covenant theology? If the two presentations made in this colloquium are truly representative of both the Three Forms of Unity as well as our ministers, then I believe the answer is yes on the main outline, while in terms of the details, expressions, nuances, and practicality of... Continue Reading

Synod of the United Reformed Churches of North America: Day 2 Report

The United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) is meeting in Visalia, California for its ninth meeting of Synod, June 2-6, 2014

The delegates adopted “the submitted Psalm Proposal to be the psalter portion of the new songbook” without dissent. They also took note of the dates of May 1, 2015, for the completion of proposed hymn collection in preparation for the publishing of a new songbook in cooperation with the OPC in 2016. In light of the mutual laboring... Continue Reading

Synod of the United Reformed Churches of North America: Day 1 Report

The United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) is meeting in Visalia, California for its ninth meeting of Synod, June 2-6, 2014

The election of officers seated the Rev. Bradd Nymeyer as chairman, Rev. John Bouwers as vice-chairman, Rev. Doug Barnes as first clerk and Rev. Greg Lubbers as second clerk.  As Synod began her work, the men representing the churches were reminded of their task to serve with humility the cause of the churches and the... Continue Reading