What are Almond Valley Church's denomination ties?
Almond Valley Church belongs to a denomination called the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRC).
- "Christian" because it aims to follow Jesus.
- "Reformed" because it aims to continually reform itself to what the Bible says.
- The terms "Christian" and "Reformed" also describe a particular way of understanding the Bible and the world.
Why are you part of a denomination?
We believe that the CRC provides us with good accountability and support and is a great way for churches to work together. We are proud of the work of our denomination, the Christian Reformed Church, is doing here in the United States and throughout the world.
What is the history of your denomination?
Historically, The Christian Reformed Church is part of a group of churches that broke off from the Roman Catholic Church during the Protestant reformation in the middle ages. The Presbyterian and Lutheran denominations have similar roots and systems of church leadership. The Christian Reformed Church denomination began in the United States and Canada in the 1800's as Dutch immigrants moved here.
What is your denomination like today?
Today, The Christian Reformed Church is an increasingly diverse church (racially, ethnically, economically, geographically, etc) that takes on many forms (house churches, contemporary worship, traditional worship services, etc.). Our denomination is involved with disaster relief and community development all over the world. It runs a liberal arts college (Calvin College) and seminary (Calvin Theological Seminary) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It supports agencies which promote the development of new churches across North America and around the world. It is involved with improving race relations and providing ministries to the disabled and abused. It owns a publishing company which provides educational materials for churches. It has a radio ministry program which is broadcast in dozens of countries and languages around the world. Learn more about the CRC by going to their website http://www.crcna.org/welcome.
What other denomination might have similar roots to yours?
The Reformed Church of America and various Presbyterian and Lutheran churches have similar historical roots and similarities to the Christian Reformed Church. However, Almond Valley Church has a number of people from a variety of different traditions and denominations.