Restored Reformed Church

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Restored Reformed Church
Restored Reformed Church logo.png
Classification Protestant
Orientation Calvinist
Polity Presbyterian
Origin May 1, 2004
Netherlands
Separated from Dutch Reformed Church
Congregations 118 (2013)
Members 58,821 in the Netherlands and Canada (2014)[1]
Ministers 60 + 25 (retired) + 20 (students, assistant ministers) (2010)
Missionaries 1 (2010)
HHK Staphorst (2300 seats)
Headcovering in the Restored Reformed Church of Doornspijk
Opheusden Restored Reformed Congregation
Elspeet Restored Reformed Church[2]

The Restored Reformed Church (Dutch: Hersteld Hervormde Kerk, abbreviated HHK) is a Reformed Christian denomination in the Netherlands. It was founded in 2004, from congregations which had formed the orthodox-reformed wing of the Reformed Bund ("Reformed association") of the Dutch Reformed Church. The Church has grown steadily since its founding.[3]

History[edit]

The Restored Reformed Church was founded on May 1, 2004, by a minority of the Reformed Bond inside the Dutch Reformed Church (Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk) who opposed that church's merger with two other Protestant churches into the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (Protestantse Kerk in Nederland). The first president of the denomination was Dirk Heemskerk.[4] Later several free churches joined this new federation in Rotterdam, Alblasserdam, Schiedam, Waddinxveen and an Old Reformed Church voted to affiliate with Restored Reformed Church.[5] The churches are growing rapidly.[citation needed] Many congregations have their own church buildings, but several churches meet in storehouses and schools. In the towns of Elspeet, Sommelsdijk, Sint-Annaland, Putten Restored Reformed congregations get new buildings others are preparing for this.[3] In 2014, the Church had a membership of 58,821 in 118 congregations.[6][7] The church has established the Reformed Seminary which in 2011 had seventy students; the rector is Wim van Vlastuin.[8]

Character, statistics[edit]

The Restored Reformed Church is a Reformed and Presbyterian church. It cooperates with the Christian Reformed Church in the Netherlands in youth programmes. There is also a possibility to exchange ministers. Officially the denomination use only the Statenvertaling translation of the Bible. The almost all the congregations are in the Dutch Bible Belt. Staphorst, Ouddorp, Lunteren, Katwijk, Urk, Elspeet, Doornspijk and Opheusden are towns where large Restored Reformed churches can be found. The church has seven Classes: Classis North, Classis North Veluwe, Classis Center, Classis East, Classis South East, Classis West, and Classis Southwest. These Classes form the General Synod.[9][10]

Theology[edit]

Creeds[edit]

Confessions[edit]

Missions[edit]

It conducts missionary work in Malawi where the Dutch Rev. R.J. Oomen works in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Malawi (RPC). The church exists of 170 congregations in Malawi, mainly in the central and Southern part of Malawi. The church counts about 15,000 members. The work is to advise the governing bodies of the church and to teach the leaders and students. Therte is a mission point in Suriname in Paramaribo and in the village of Klein Powakka in the Arowak Indians.[13][14] On 14 August 2012 a Canadian congregation added to the Restored Church, it is the Spring Ford Reformed Church.

The largest congregations are Staphorst and Ouddorp.[15]

Membership[edit]

In 2004/2005 the Restored Reformed Church had 53,900 members. In 2014 there were 58,821 members in the Netherlands and in Ontario, Canada.[1]

Notable members[edit]

  • Bas van der Vlies, former politician (member of the lower house of the Dutch Parliament)

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