Churches in Ecclesiastical Fellowship
The Christian Reformed Church in North America has close relationships with a number of Reformed denominations through a variety of designated categories. The denominations that are especially close to the CRC are designated as “churches in ecclesiastical fellowship.” Churches that are so designated may be engaged in joint ventures with the CRC and/or its agencies, exchange delegates at synod, welcome each other’s members at the Lord’s Supper and each other’s pastors into the pulpit, and generally encourage each other in ministry and faithfulness.
The churches in ecclesiastical fellowship with the CRCNA are:
Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria (CRCN)
Universal Reformed Christian Church (NKST)
Dutch Reformed Church in Africa
Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa (NGKA)
Reformed Church in Africa (RCA)
Reformed Churches in South Africa (RCSA)
Reformed Churches in South Africa (Soutpansberg Synod) (RCSA-SP)
Uniting Reformed Churches in Southern Africa (URCSA)
Reformed Church of Christ for Nations (RCCN)
Asia, Australia, Indonesia
Christian Reformed Church in the Philippines (CRCP)
Christian Reformed Church of Myanmar (CRCM)
Christian Church of Sumba (CCS)
Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (CRCA)
Christian Reformed Church of Sri Lanka
Reformed Church in Japan (RCJ)
Europe and Middle-East
Netherlands Reformed Churches (NGK)
*Protestant Church in the Netherlands (Memorandum of Understanding) (PCN)
Evangelical Presbyterian Church - Synod of the Nile
Christian Reformed Church in Cuba (CRCC)
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC)
Reformed Church in America (RCA)
Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO)
Evangelical Reformed Church in Brazil (ERCB)
Reformed Church in Argentina (RCA)
Special Memorandum of Understanding
*Presbyterian Church in Canada (Memorandum of Understanding) (PCC)
*Memorandum of Understanding describes the nature of the relationship rather than the CRC’s normal classification of “churches in ecclesiastical fellowship.”
Churches in Dialogue
The CRCNA also enjoys fellowship with other parts of the broader Body of Christ. Some “Churches in dialogue” have been formally recognized by Synod. These churches are:
Christian Reformed Church in Eastern Africa (CRCEA)
Christian Reformed Church of Haiti (CRCH)
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (Nkhoma Synod) (CCAP)
Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (CJCM)
Evangelical Reformed Church of Burundi (ERCB)
Presbyterian Church of Ethiopia
Reformed Church in Zambia (RCZ)
Reformed Church of East Africa (RCEA)
Sudanese Reformed Church
United Reformed Church in Congo
Churches in other Ecumenical Relationships
This category of relationship, while less formal than the others, is to maintain contact, correspondence as circumstances may dictate, and conversation. These churches are:
Kale Heywet Church (Ethiopia)
Mennonite Church Canada
Pentecostal Assemblies of God (Uganda)
Presbyterian Church of India—Mizoram Synod
The Christian Reformed Church in North America belongs to a number of ecumenical (multilateral) organizations. Ecumenical organizations are bodies which include a number of Christian denominations or ministries. Some are worldwide, and others are specific to Canada or the United States.
Worldwide Ecumenical Organizations
Global Christian Forum
Like the Christian Churches Together (CCT) development in the United States, the Global Christian Forum is a broad gathering of Christian Churches representing all of the branches of the Christian Church worldwide.
The WCRC was formed in 2010 by the uniting of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC), and represents more than 80 million Reformed Christians worldwide. The offices of the WCRC are in Geneva, Switzerland but will be moved to Hanover, Germany within the foreseeable future.
World Reformed Fellowship
World Reformed Fellowship (WRF) is a gathering of denominations (71), organizations, congregations, and individuals from seventy-nine countries around the globe. World Reformed Fellowship seeks to provide understanding, cooperation, and sharing of resources among these many evangelical and Reformed Christian members in order to advance the gospel.
Caribbean and North America Area Council (CANAAC)
The Caribbean and North American Area Council (CANAAC) is the regional expression of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in the Caribbean, USA, and Canada, with over 20 member denominations.
Canadian Ecumenical Organizations
The Canadian Council of Churches is the largest ecumenical body in Canada, now representing 23 churches of Anglican, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions. The CCC is one of the few ecumenical bodies in the world that includes such a range of Christian churches. The officers and staff of the Council are drawn from the whole diversity of traditions represented by the member churches.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) is the national association of evangelical Christians in Canada. It gathers Christians together to dialogue, to equip and to partner for greater effectiveness 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 evangelical congregations, denominations, educational institutions and ministry organizations. The EFC also has more than 15,000 supporting individuals.
While technically not in an ecumenical relationship with the CRC, this is nonetheless, a key ecumenical relationship for the CRCNA. KAIROS unites churches and religious organizations in a faithful “ecumenical-like” response to the call to "do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8). KAIROS deliberates on issues of common concern, advocates for social change and joins with people of faith and goodwill in action for social transformation. Website: www.kairoscanada.org.
United States Ecumenical Organizations
The mission of the National Association of Evangelicals is to extend the kingdom of God through a fellowship of member denominations, churches, organizations, and individuals, demonstrating the unity of the body of Christ by standing for biblical truth, speaking with a representative voice, and serving the evangelical community through united action, cooperative ministry, and strategic planning.
Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT) is a relatively recent (2004) forum growing out of a deeply felt need to broaden and expand fellowship, unity, and witness among the diverse expressions of Christian faith today. CCT is inclusive of the diversity of Christian families in the United States — Evangelical/Pentecostal, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, historic Protestant and Racial and Ethnic churches.