Ecumenical Ministry in Canada & the CRC

In Canada, the Christian Reformed Church in North America is a member of the following ecumenical organizations: the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, the Reformed Church in America (RCA), and The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC).


Ecumenical and Interfaith Mandates

The Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (EIRC) of the CRCNA has been given two distinct mandates. One realm of engagement involves other Christian churches and organizations, as governed by the ecumenical charter of the CRCNA. It is updated periodically by Synod. For the current ecumenical charter see this page

In a separate mandate, the EIRC is also entrusted with responsibility to provide leadership to the denomination on interfaith issues. For the interfaith mandate and engagement see this page

Individual Engagement

The CRC in Canada has appointed a number of CRC members to be our denomination's representatives on a variety of commissions and committees of the CCC and program committees of KAIROS.

Here is a complete list of 2016 CRC Appointments.


Latest News

June 15, 2016: Presbyterian Church in Canada: “Grateful for Ongoing Dialogue” - The PCC and the CRC created a formal ecumenical affirmation in 2009. Rev. Douglas Rollwage, moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada (PCC) expressed his gratitude for the ongoing dialogue with the CRC over shared ministry concerns such as the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, refugees, and human sexuality. Synod president Paul De Vries thanked God that “as we wrestle with similar issues of human sexuality that can vex us, we have brothers and sisters in other denominations and we can struggle together.” Read More

May 25, 2016: Canadian Ministries Director Attends National Prayer Breakfast - Rev. Darren Roorda, Canadian Ministries Director for the Christian Reformed Church, attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa on May 19 as a representative of the CRCNA, together with Rev. Anthony Elenbaas of Immanuel CRC in Hamilton, Ontario. Read More


The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC)

The Canadian Council of Churches is the largest ecumenical body in Canada, now representing 25 churches of Anglican; Evangelical; Free Church; Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox; Protestant; and Catholic traditions. Together we represent 85% of the Christians in Canada. The Canadian Council of Churches was founded in 1944. More information at councilofchurches.ca

Project Ploughshares

Project Ploughshares is a non-governmental organization that works with churches, governments and civil society, in Canada and abroad, to advance policies and actions to prevent war and armed violence and build peace. As an agency of The Canadian Council of Churches, Project Ploughshares provides expertise and analysis to the council and its members on peace and security issues and assists them in shaping an ecumenical response to those issues. More information at ploughshares.ca/

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC)

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is the national association of evangelical Christians in Canada. It gathers Evangelicals together for impact, influence and identity in ministry and public witness. Since 1964 the EFC has provided a national forum for Evangelicals and a constructive voice for biblical principles in life and society. The EFC affiliates include denominations, ministry organizations, educational institutions and individual congregations, who uphold a common statement of faith. The EFC also has more than 15,000 supporting individuals. More information at evangelicalfellowship.ca

KAIROS

On July 1, 2001, from a rich global heritage and a hopeful Canadian tradition, Canadian churches and religious organizations formed KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. A faithful and decisive response to God’s call for respect for the earth and justice for its people, KAIROS is dedicated to promoting human rights, justice and peace, viable human development, and solidarity. In KAIROS, the churches and religious organizations work together for justice, benefiting from collective discernment in responding wisely and faithfully to the signs of the times. More information at kairoscanada.org

The Reformed Church In America (RCA)

The RCA is a sister church that has a long shared history with the Christian Reformed Church. From the sharing of pulpits to other ministry efforts, there is much that we have in common in Canada, including a mandate from Synod 2015 to find more and more ways to share in ministry initiatives. From church plants to a variety of efforts in social justice, we are working together. For more information, check out the Reformed Church in America website or the website for the Regional Synod of Canada.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC)

The PCC is a sister church to the CRCNA and we share many things in common. They are a part of the Reformed family of churches, tracing their theological rootage to John Knox, one of John Calvin’s students he met in Geneva. Culturally the Presbyterian church comes from those of Scottish descent whereas the CRC comes from those of Dutch descent. More information at presbyterian.ca.

Individual Engagement

The CRC in Canada has appointed a number of CRC members to be our denomination's representatives on a variety of commissions and committees of the CCC and program committees of KAIROS.

Here is a complete list of 2016 CRC Appointments.

Ecumenical and Interfaith Mandates

The Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (EIRC) of the CRCNA has been given two distinct mandates. One realm of engagement involves other Christian churches and organizations, as governed by the ecumenical charter of the CRCNA. It is updated periodically by Synod. For the current ecumenical charter see this page

In a separate mandate, the EIRC is also entrusted with responsibility to provide leadership to the denomination on interfaith issues. For the interfaith mandate and engagement see this page

CRC-Related Ministries that Serve the Local Church

A Rocha Canada.
A Rocha’s vision is for the transformation of people and places by showing God’s love for all creation. Resources for churches include sermon and discussion templates as well as guidelines on the church’s role in creation care and stewardship. More information at arocha.ca

Beginnings Family Services. Beginnings is a national, non-profit, faith-based family services provider that arranges private adoptions, facilitates embryo donations and provides comprehensive fertility counselling. The also provide pregnancy support services to clients of all ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations, and walks of life. Offices are in Hamilton, Cobourg, Guelph and Woodstock, Ontario. More information at beginnings.ca

Bible League of Canada. The Bible League of Canada provides Scriptures, devotionals and other Christian resources in many languages and also offers training worldwide. They offer resources and Bibles for distribution to various cultures for evangelism purposes or for people within your local congregation. More information at bibleleague.ca

Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC). CCCC serves the CRC denomination and congregations in terms of government regulation, human resources, fundraising, governance, best practices, and other aspects of operating a charity. More information at cccc.org

Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC). Through research, projects, workshops and presentations, the CCJC promotes education on restorative justice and sponsors initiatives to build healthier and safer communities. Resources are available to the churches. More information at ccjc.ca

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ Foundation). CPJ promotes public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing, and public dialogue. They offer speakers, workshops and more to help a congregation’s justice mobilizer bring public justice issues to the local church. More information at cpj.ca

Focus On the Family - Clergy Care Network Canada. The CRC in Canada partners with ‘Focus on the Family’ in support of their "Clergy Care Network". We know that pastors and their families face unique challenges. Sometimes, they need a safe place where they can ask questions freely without fear of revealing too much or putting their ministry at risk. CCN offers free confidential professional counselling to pastors and pastor couples/families as well as resources for retreats, professional development workshops and more. More information at focusonthefamily.ca and clergycare.ca

Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). FYI, connected to Fuller Theological Seminary helps churches equip teens with lifelong faith. They offer the ‘Sticky Faith’ curriculum and other resources and practical tools of faith formation to help churches serve youth and their families. More information at fulleryouthinstitute.org

Gideons International in Canada. Gideons International partners with local churches in Canada and globally, sharing God’s Word and communicating the gospel message to people of all ages and walks of life. When churches partner with the Gideons (minimum $100/month) to equip churches around the world with Bibles, they can in turn receive various Scripture and outreach resources from them at no cost. More information at gideons.ca

Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada. IVCF of Canada pursues the transformation of youth, students and graduates, in all their ethnic diversity, into fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. IVF hosts ‘Urbana’, a student mission conference that attracts 16,000 youth and 250 organizations. More information at ivcf.ca

Micah Global. Micah Global is part of the Micah Network, a global community of almost 600 churches, organizations and individuals committed to the mission of Micah 6:8. Various resources are available covering three main core areas: Theological Perspective (the why), Good Practice (the how) and Learning (the process). More information at micahnetwork.org

Street Level. Street Level is a Canadian initiative seeking to foster collaboration among people and organizations involved in addressing poverty. Participants are motivated by the good news of justice for all announced by Jesus. Street Level provides speakers and lists of emergency shelters across Canada. More information at streetlevel.ca/home

Timothy Leadership Training Institute (TLTI). Working with international and local ministry partners, TLTI provides essential training to church leaders worldwide, equipping them to advance the Kingdom of God in their congregations and communities. More information at tlti.org

World Communion of Reformed Churches. Drawing on the heritage of the Reformed confessions, World Communion of Reformed Churches seeks to proclaim the saving grace and love of our Triune God by mutually working for Christian unity and renewal in worship, theology and spirituality, as well as justice, poverty eradication, building right relations, creation integrity, interfaith relations, reconciliation, healing, peace and the transformation of churches and society. More information at wcrc.ch

Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada. Wycliffe links the Canadian Church with the world's minority language groups, to see community transformation through Bible translation, use of translated Scriptures, mother-tongue literacy and education. Resources for churches include prayer guides, videos, magazines etc., including children’s resources. More information at wycliffe.ca