World Reformed Fellowship

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The World Reformed Fellowship (WRF) is an ecumenical Christian organization which promotes unity between conservative Reformed churches around the world.[1]

History[edit]

The World Fellowship of Reformed Churches (WFRC) was formed in 1994 when the Presbyterian Church in America, the National Presbyterian Church in Mexico, and the Presbyterian Church of Brazil and member churches mainly from the Latin American countries, India, East Africa and the USA.[2] The International Reformed Fellowship (IRF) was formed also in 1994 with Reformed churches in South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, and from all part of Asia.

The World Fellowship of Reformed Churches and the International Reformed Fellowship united on October 24, 2000 to form the World Reformed Fellowship. The WRF is now an international body represented in seventy-five countries.[3]

The WRF is a fellowship not a council and want to fulfill the dream of John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and many others to unite evangelical Reformed Christians. Members have to agree with:

  • The statement that "The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are without error in all that they teach."
  • At least one of the following historic Reformed Confessions - The Gallican Confession, The Belgic Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Thirty-Nine Articles, The Second Helvetic Confession, The Canons of Dort, The Westminster Confession of Faith, the London Confession of 1689, or the Savoy Declaration.

World Reformed Fellowship wants to promote Reformed thinking, encourage churches and people to embrace Reformed thinking, and to promote evangelisation in the Reformed tradition and to provide forum for dialogue. [4]

It is similar in theology to the International Conference of Reformed Churches and more conservative than the World Communion of Reformed Churches.[citation needed]

There are a total of 54 denominational members of the Fellowship, and 104 organizational members, as of May 5, 2011.[5]

The Fourth General Assembly of the World Reformed Fellowship will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil from March 23 through March 27, 2015.[6]

Denominational members[edit]

As of May, 2014 there are 67 denominational members:

Spread[edit]

As of 2014 there are 72 countries represented in the WRF:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • The Czech Republic
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Lithuania
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Nepal
  • The Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Ireland
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • The Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • San Salvador
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • USA
  • Venezuela
  • The West Indies
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe[7]

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