Reformed Congregations in North America

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Reformed Congregations in North America
Classification Protestant
Theology orthodox Reformed
Governance Presbyterian
Region Canada, United States
Origin 1967
New Jersey
Separated from Netherlands Reformed Congregations
Branched from Reformed Congregations in the Netherlands
Congregations 4
Members 1,986 (2014)

The Reformed Congregations in North America has official ties with the Reformed Congregations in the Netherlands, and the churches are mainly in Canada. It has approximately 1747 members,[1] three churches in Canada and one in the United States in 2012. The theology focus is mainly on the time of the Further reformation. The largest church is the congregation of Chilliwack with over 1,200 members.[2] In 2014 it had almost 2,000 members.[3]

History[edit]

After the schism in the Reformed Congregations, two congregations were formed in the United States, mostly by people who broke with the Netherlands Reformed Congregations.

In Canada in Lethbridge and in Chilliwack congregations decided to cooperate. In 1967 the Chilliwack Congregation decided in its meeting to cooperate and join forces with the Reformed Congregations in the Netherlands. On June 28, 1968 the first classis[4] meeting was held in Lethbridge Alberta.

The Chilliwack Reformed Congregation's building was dedicated in 1969, it was several times enlarged and extended, recently in 2004 from 800 to 1,200 seats. Since 2011 the church has new pastor Rev. A. Geuze. The Lethbridge Congregation had a new building in 2008, with 325 seats.[5]

Churches[6][edit]

Congregation Members 2011 Members 2012 Members 2013 Minister
Chilliwack, British Columbia 1174 1209 1251 Rev. A. Geuze
Monarch, Alberta 204 215 212 vacant
Newark/Norwich, Ontario 300 302 314 vacant
Prospect Park, New Jersey 21 21 21 vacant

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.refdag.nl/kerkplein/kerknieuws/ledental_geref_gemeenten_in_ned_in_2012_vrijwel_gelijk_gebleven_1_731670
  2. ^ nl:Reformed Congregations in North America
  3. ^ http://www.refdag.nl/kerkplein/kerknieuws/kerk_reformed_congregration_chilliwack_uitgebreid_1_803156
  4. ^ "A classis is a group of churches within a geographical area. It has the authority to deal with matters that concern its churches in common and its decisions are binding on the churches in its region. A minister and an elder (and in some cases a deacon) from each congregation are delegated to attend each classis meeting." http://www.crcna.org/welcome/christian-reformed-church-governance/classis
  5. ^ http://www.refdag.nl/kerkplein/kerknieuws/ds_a_geuze_ggin_bevestigd_te_chilliwack_1_571811
  6. ^ nl:Gereformeerde Gemeenten in Nederland