We believe that not only the faith of the church, but also the government of the church must be regulated by Holy Scripture. As such, we believe that the Bible teaches the following principles:
In order to implement these principles in a practical way, we have adopted what is called a Church Order (Constitution). It contains 76 Articles which are divided into four sections dealing with:
According to Article 29 of the Church Order, four kinds of ecclesiastical assemblies shall be maintained:
Every three years the churches convene a General Synod for the purpose of dealing with matters of common concern and to deal with matters being appealed. The last synod was convened in May 2022 by the Emmanuel Canadian Reformed Church.
The Acts of General Synod may appear on this web site shortly after they have been adopted in plenary session, if a Synod so desires. It should be noted that although the content has been adopted, this remains an unofficial copy of the Acts. Typographical errors and the like which are brought to our attention will be corrected in the final official printed copy.
Matters of a confidential nature which are dealt with in closed session will not appear on this site. Synod may also decide not to post other matters of a sensitive nature.