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United Reformed Churches in North America

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The United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) is a theologically conservative federation of Reformed churches founded in 1996. Many churches joined the URCNA after splitting from the Christian Reformed Church in North America denomination.

Origin

The URCNA has grown from the earlier Protestant movements in Europe of the 16th and 17th century, and also from Reformed churches in Belgium and the Netherlands. The URCNA subscribes to three confessions of faith: the Canons of Dordt, written in 1618 and 1619 by an international group of Reformed churches, the Belgic Confession, written by Guido de Bres in the mid-1500s, and the Heidelberg Catechism, written by various scholars in the city of Heidelberg, Germany. Collectively, these statements of faith are called the "Three Forms of Unity." In addition to these forms, the URCNA holds to the three ecumenical creeds: the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.[2] One of the distinct fundamental doctrines the URNCA describes is forensic justification, according to which Christ offers a double benefit: one's sin is imputed to Christ and he suffers for it on the cross, while His perfect obedience is credited to believers who receive its benefits, including eternal life.

History

The URCNA was founded as a federation of Reformed churches in 1996 at Lynwood, Illinois CRC. Most of the members that founded the URCNA left the CRCNA, due to disagreement on several issues like women's ordination, evolution cases, and biblical inerrancy. Conservative reformed believers were also concerned that the Christian Reformed Churches were departing from Scriptural teaching to accommodate modern social trends. Some 36 churches with 7,600 members joined the federative unity, held their first Synod, and adopted the name United Reformed Churches in North America.

Statistics

URCNA churches can be found in 22 US states, mostly in the Upper Midwest (Iowa and Michigan) and California, and in six Canadian Provinces mostly in Ontario and Alberta. As of 2008, the churches have grown, mostly through additional members leaving the CRCNA in the late 1990s, to approximately 105 congregations spread across the United States and Canada, with 22,495 members, 146 ministers, and 9 Classes (Michigan, Central US, Eastern US, Southwest US, Pacific Northwest, Southern Ontario, Ontario East, Southwestern Ontario, Western Canada).[3][4]

Congregations

The URCNA has congregations in 22 US states, mostly focused in the US. There are currently 112 URC's in 8 classes around North America.

Classis 1 - Central US

  • Christ Reformed Church of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, Indiana
  • Community United Reformed Church, Schererville, Indiana
  • Cornerstone United Reformed Church of Sanborn, Sanborn, Iowa
  • Covenant Reformed Church of Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Covenant Reformed Church of Pella, Pella, Iowa
  • Doon United Reformed Church, Doon, Iowa
  • El Pacto de Gracia (Covenant of Grace), Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Faith United Reformed Church of Beecher, Beecher, Illinois
  • First United Reformed Church of Oak Lawn. Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Grace United Reformed Church of Waupun, Waupun, Wisconsin
  • Hills United Reformed Church, Hills, Minnesota
  • Immanuel United Reformed Church of DeMotte, DeMotte, Indiana
  • Lynwood United Reformed Church, Lynwood, Illinois
  • Oak Glen United Reformed Church, Lansing, Illinois
  • Providence Reformed Church of Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Redeemer United Reformed Church of St. John, St. John, Indiana
  • Redeemer United Reformed Church of Orange City, Orange City, Iowa
  • Rock Valley United Reformed Church, Rock Valley, Iowa
  • Sioux Center United Reformed Church, Sioux Center, Iowa
  • United Reformed Church of Wellsburg, Wellsburg, Iowa

Classes 2 - Eastern US

  • Christ Reformed Church of Washington D.C, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Covenant Reformed Church of Carbondale, Carbondale, Pennsylvania
  • Covenant United Reformed Church of Pantego, Pantego, North Carolina
  • Grace Reformed Church of Jersey City, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Hudson Valley United Reformed Church, New Hampton, New York
  • Messiah's Reformed Fellowship, New York, New York
  • New Haven United Reformed Church, New Haven, Vermont
  • Newton Covenant Reformed Church, Newton, New Jersey
  • Pocono Reformed Bible Church, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church, Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • Preakness Valley United Reformed Church, Wayne, New Jersey
  • Redeemer Church Cambridge, Cambridge, Maryland
  • Trinity Reformed Church of Cape Coral, Cape Coral, Florida
  • West Sayville Reformed Bible Church, West Sayville, New York
  • Westside Reformed Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Zeltenreich Reformed Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Classis 3 - Michigan

  • Bethany United Reformed Church, Wyoming, Michigan
  • Bethel United Reformed Church of Jenison, Jenison, Michigan
  • Cornerstone United Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Hudsonville, Michigan
  • Covenant United Reformed Church of Byron Center, Byron Center, Michigan
  • Covenant United Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Dutton United Reformed Church, Dutton, Michigan
  • Eastmanville United Reformed Church, Cooopersville, Michigan
  • Faith United Reformed Church of Holland, Holland, Michigan
  • Grace United Reformed Church of Alto, Alto, Michigan
  • Immanuel Fellowship U.R.C, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Sovereign Grace United Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Trinity United Reformed Church of Caledonia, Caledonia, Michigan
  • Walker United Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Classis 4 - East Ontario

  • Adoration United Reformed Church, Vineland, Ontario
  • Bethel United Reformed Church of Brockville, Brockville, Ontario
  • Covenant Reformed Church of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  • Grace Reformed Church, Dunnville, Dunnville, Ontario
  • Grace United Reformed Church (of Simcoe County), Oro-Mendote, Ontario
  • Hope Reformed Church, Brampton, Ontario
  • Immanuel Reformed Church of Nobleton, Nobleton, Ontario
  • Immanuel United Reformed Church of Jordan, Jordan, Ontario
  • River of Life Reformed Church, Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Salem United Reformed Church, Browmanville, Ontario
  • Trinity United Reformed Church of St. Catharines, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • United Reformed Church of PEI, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Wellandport United Reformed Church, Wellandport, Ontario

Classis 5 - Pacific Northwest

  • Belgrade United Reformed Church, Belgrade, Montana
  • Bellingham United Reformed Church, Bellingham, Washington
  • Big Springs United Reformed Church, Montague, California
  • Burlington United Reformed Church, Burlington, Washington
  • Cloverdale United Reformed Church, Boise, Idaho
  • Covenant Grace Reformed Church, Lynden, Washington
  • Covenant Reformed Church of Missoula, Missoula, Montana
  • Covenant United Reformed Church of Fresno, Fresno, California
  • Dayspring Reformed Church, Boise, Idaho
  • Gig Harbor United Reformed Church, Tacoma, Washington
  • Grace United Reformed Church of Kennewick, Kennewick, Washington
  • Grace United Reformed Church of Portland, Portland, Oregon
  • Immanuel's Reformed Church of Salem, Salem, Oregon
  • Lynden United Reformed Church, Lynden, Washington
  • New Covenant United Reformed Church, Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Peace United Reformed Church, Vancouver, Washington
  • Trinity United Reformed Church of Visalia, Visalia, California
  • Trinity United Reformed Church of Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek, California
  • United Reformed Church of Nampa, Nampa, Idaho
  • United Reformed Church of Sunnyside, Sunnyside, Washington
  • Zion United Reformed Church of Ripon, Ripon, California

Classis 6 - Southwest US

  • Calvary United Reformed Church, Loveland, Colorado
  • Christ Reformed Church of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
  • Christ United Reformed Church of Santee, Santee, California
  • Coram Deo Reformation Church, Littleton, Colorado
  • Covenant United Reformed Church of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Escondido United Reformed Church, Escondido, California
  • First United Reformed Church of Chino, Chino, California
  • Grace United Reformed Church of Torrance, Los Angeles, California
  • High Desert United Reformed Church, Apple Valley, California
  • Iglesia Reformada Unidade, Ontario, California
  • Oceanside United Reformed Church, Oceanside, California
  • Ontario United Reformed Church, Ontario, California
  • Pasadena United Reformed Church, Pasadena, California
  • Phoenix United Reformed Church, Phoenix, Arizona

Classis 7 - Southwestern Ontario

  • Bethel United Reformed Church of Aylmer, Aylmer, Ontario
  • Bethel United Reformed Church of Woodstock, Woodstock, Ontario
  • Cornerstone United Reformed Church of London, London, Ontario
  • Covenant Christian Church, Wyoming, Ontario
  • Immanuel United Reformed Church of Listowel, Listowel, Ontario
  • Living Water Reformed Church, Brantford, Ontario
  • New Horizon United Reformed Church, Scarborough, Ontario
  • Providence United Reformed Church of Strathroy, Strathroy, Ontario
  • Redeeming Grace Reformed Church, Brantford, Ontario
  • Rehoboth United Reformed Church, Hamilton, Ontario
  • The Hope Centre (Congregation), Toronto, Ontario
  • Zion United Reformed Church of Sheffield, Sheffield, Ontario

Classis 8 - Western Canada

  • Bethel Reformed Church, Smithers, BC
  • Bethel United Reformed Church of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
  • Cornerstone United Reformed Church of Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Covenant Reformed Church of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie, Alberta
  • Emmanuel Reformed Church of Neerlandia, Neerlandia, Alberta
  • Faith Reformed Church of Telkwa, Telkwa, BC
  • Grace Reformed Church in Kelowna, Kelowna, BC
  • Grace Reformed Church of Leduc, Leduc, BC
  • Immanuel Covenant Reformed Church, Abbotsford, BC
  • New Westminster United Reformed Church, New Westminster, BC
  • Parkland Reformed Church, Ponoka, Alberta
  • Providence Reformed Church of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Redeemer Reformation Church, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Redeemer United Reformed Church of Lacombe, Lacombe, Alberta
  • Surrey Covenant Reformed Church, Surrey, BC
  • Trinity Reformed Church of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta
  • United Reformed Church of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay, Alberta

Missions

The URCNA supports many missions in the US and around the world. Mission churches can be found in Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Mexico, and other third world countries.

Training of ministers

The United Reformed Churches do not have a denominational seminary or college; rather, Candidates for Ministry are extensively examined by their Calling Church and Classis regardless of seminary prior to their ordination or installation. Most of the ministers of the URCNA have been trained at Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, Michigan), Mid-America Reformed Seminary (Dyer, Indiana), or Westminster Seminary in California (Escondido, California) but the number of other seminaries represented is growing.

Mergers

The Canadian and American Reformed Churches are currently pursuing federative unity with the URCNA. The Orthodox Christian Reformed Churches, another breakaway from the Christian Reformed Church, voted to join the URCNA in 2008 upon the latter's invitation.

Interchurch relationships

The URCNA has dialogue with the Reformed Churches of New Zealand, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Korean American Presbyterian Church, Canadian and American Reformed Churches and other confessional Reformed churches. It is a member of the International Conference of Reformed Churches[5] and the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c Bill Konynenbelt (2011). "Directory of the United Reformed Churches in North America" (PDF). United Reformed Churches in North America: 10. Retrieved Feb 20, 2017. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ www.urcna.org/What We Believe
  3. ^ Bill Konynenbelt. "Directory of the United Reformed Churches in North America" (PDF). United Reformed Churches in North America. p. 3. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  4. ^ https://www.service-life.com/sysfiles/member/family/urcna_report.cfm?memberid=303&public=1
  5. ^ www.icrconline.com/member.html
  6. ^ www.naparc.org/member-churches/

External links

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