The Christian Reformed Church in North America
A very good guide to the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) can be found on the denomination's website. (A denomination is a group of churches joined by a common history and theological vision.) There you'll find information on:
- Our Faith. Explore what it means to be a Christian, and what it means to be Reformed.
- Our Mission, Our Vision, Our Calling. As people called by God, we gather to praise God, listen to him, and respond.
- Our Journey 2020. The ministry plan of the Christian Reformed Church.
- Our Name and Emblem. We call ourselves the Christian Reformed Church in North America. What does that mean?
- Yearbook and Online Data. Links to membership statistics, the annual printed Yearbook, Yearbook Supplement, and online listings of ministers, commissioned pastors, churches, classes, and more.
- History. The Christian Reformed Church has its roots in the Reformation of the sixteenth century.
- Christian Reformed Church Governance. The Christian Reformed Church in North America has two governance structures - one ecclesiastical, the other for our ministries.
- Find a Church. We have about 1,000 congregations across the US and Canada. Find one near you.
Other sources of information are The Network, a venue for numerous conversations about everything that goes on within the CRCNA, and The Banner, the denomination's monthly magazine. These are excellent resources for those both old and new to Community.
The CRCNA is also a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.
A defining characteristic of the Christian Reformed Church in North America has been its development of a biblical view on and practice of the Christian life. Many generations of Christians have responded to God's word by trying to integrate their faith with their everyday work and lives. That legacy is at work in institutions today. So, for example, you will find Reformed Christian ideas active in schools, political and socio-economic groups, the media, farming and many other organizations. Here are examples of how Reformed Christianity has taken root and grown locally.
- Laurentian Hills Christian School (elementary)
- Woodland Christian High School (secondary)
- Redeemer University College (undergraduate liberal arts)
- Institute for Christian Studies (graduate)
- Calvin Theological Seminary (certificate and graduate)
- Back to God Ministries International (using media for evangelism)
- Cardus (think-tank researching socio-economic and political issues)
- Christian Courier (bi-weekly newspaper featuring independent journalism)
- Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (agricultural policy and sustainable farming)
- Christian Stewardship Services (financial planning)
- Citizens for Public Justice (public policy research and justice advocacy)
- Christian Labour Association of Canada (labour union)
- Resonate Global Mission (national and international evangelism)
- Shalem Mental Health Network (counselling and therapy for individuals, families, communities)
- World Renew (national and international community development, disaster relief, peace and justice advocacy)