What are we?
October 1997 the United Reformed Church celebrated its 25th
anniversary. Formed in 1972 by the union of the Congregational
Church in England and Wales and the Presbyterian Church of
England, the United Reformed Church has continued to express
its deep commitment to the visible unity of the whole Church.
In 1981 it entered into union with the Re-formed Churches of
Christ and in the year 2000 with the Congregational Union of
Scotland. The United Reformed Church is in frequent dialogue
on unity with other traditions and has more than 400 local
churches united with other denominations.
The United Reformed Church comprises 150,000
adults and 100,000 children and young people in 1750
congregations spread throughout England, Scotland and Wales,
served by some 1100 ministers, both women and men.
Though one of the smaller of Britain’s ‘mainstream’
denominations, the United Reformed Church stands in the
historic Reformed tradition, whose member denominations make
up the largest single strand of Protestantism with more than
70 million members world-wide. Along with other Reformed
churches the United Reformed Church holds to the Trinitarian
faith expressed in the historic Christian creeds and finds its
supreme authority for faith and conduct in the Word of God in
the Bible, discerned under guidance of the Holy Spirit. The
United Reformed Church’s structure also expresses its faith
in the ministry of all God’s people through the structure of
democratic Councils by which the Church is governed.
Theologically, the United Reformed Church is
a broad church. Its membership embraces congregations of
evangelical, charismatic and liberal understandings of the
Christian faith – in a variety of mixtures!