The Maranatha Canadian Reformed Church is part of the Federation of Canadian Reformed Churches, as a Federation we take seriously the call of Christ with regard to the unity of the church. We have a relationship of ecclesiastical fellowship (sister church relations) with:
l’Église Réformée du Québec
Free Church of Scotland
Free Reformed Churches of Australia
Free Reformed Churches of South Africa
Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church in Korea
Reformed Churches in the United States
Reformed Churches in Brazil
Reformed Churches in New Zealand
Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (Liberated)
United Reformed Churches in North America
What is involved in a relationship of ecclesiastical fellowship?
In part it relates to helping each other remain true to the Reformed faith, keeping each other informed about major ecclesiastical decisions, accepting each other’s members, inviting delegates to each other’s assemblies or synods, allowing each other’s ministers to preach the Word, keeping each other informed about relations with other parties.
Membership in National and International Organizations
As a federation of churches we are a member of the International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC). This is an ecumenical organization that meets every four years in various parts of the world. Its purpose is to assist the member churches, to promote unity among the members and to advance the cause of the Reformed Christian faith in this world.
Finally, as federation of Canadian Reformed Churches we are also a member of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC). The purpose of NAPARC is to facilitate discussion and consultation between member bodies on issues which they face in common; to promote the appointment of joint committees to study matters of common interest and concern; and to exercise mutual concern in the propagation of the Reformed faith. NAPARC also promotes co-operation wherever possible and feasible on the local and denominational level in such areas as missions, relief efforts, Christian schools, and church education.