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
Church of Christ in the Sudan Among the Tiv
Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa
Reformed Church in Africa
Reformed Churches in South Africa
Reformed Churches in South Africa (Soutpansberg Synod)
Uniting Reformed Churches in Southern Africa
Asia, Australia, Indonesia
Christian Reformed Church in the Philippines
Christian Church of Sumba
Christian Reformed Churches of Australia
Dutch Reformed Church in Sri Lanka
Reformed Church in Japan
Netherlands Reformed Churches
*Protestant Church in the Netherlands (Memorandum of Understanding)
Christian Reformed Church in Cuba
Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Reformed Church in America
*Presbyterian Church in Canada (Memorandum of Understanding)
*Memorandum of Understanding describes the nature of the relationship rather than the CRC’s normal classification of “churches in ecclesiastical fellowship.”
Evangelical Reformed Church in Brazil
Reformed Church in Argentina
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
Christian Reformed Church of Myanmar
Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (Nkhoma Synod)
Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar
Evangelical Reformed Church of Burundi
Reformed Church in Zambia
Reformed Church of East Africa
Churches in Other Ecumenical Relationships
Mennonite Church Canada
Presbyterian Church of India – Mizoram Synod
Pentecostal Church of Uganda
Korean Presbyterian Church (Hapdong)
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
World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC)
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.
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.
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.
Canadian Ecumenical Organizations
Canadian Council of Churches (CCC)
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.
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC)
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.
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
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
National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)
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 (CCT)
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.