This compilation of statements is the church’s response to a variety of ethical and doctrinal issues over the years but does not contain the complete teachings of the Christian Reformed Church. The CRC is a confessional church in the Calvinist and Reformed tradition and subscribes to the ancient creeds of the church (Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed) as well as to the Reformation confessions (the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort). Along with these historic creeds and confessions, we also recognize the witness of Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony as a current Reformed expression of the Christian faith that forms and guides us in our present context. In addition, synod approved the Belhar Confession as a contemporary testimony within the faith life of the CRC. These creeds and confessions and other significant documents can be accessed from the CRC website (crcna.org/welcome/beliefs).
Since 1975 the Christian Reformed Church has updated this document containing the doctrinal and ethical decisions of the church. The statements are updated annually to reflect any new synodical decisions. You may access a specific position or download the full version in PDF format for study.
We present this collection of the church’s decisions with the expectation that they will be instructive for our members and provide a helpful guide for all who want to know more about the CRC. It is our prayer that God will bless the varied uses of this collection.
Colin P. Watson, Sr.
Executive Director of the CRCNA (August 2021)