These groups decide matters of doctrine, ethical issues, and church life and practice.The synod is further divided into eight boards which oversee the various CRCNA ministries.Clergy - Women may be ordained to all ecclesiastical offices in the Christian Reformed Church.Synods have debated this issue since 1970, and not all local churches agree with this position.Baptism - Christ's blood and spirit wash away sins in baptism.According to the Heidelberg Catechism, infants as well as adults may be baptized and received into the church.
The Christian Reformed Church in North America is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, with congregations throughout the United States and Canada, and about 27 other countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.Bible - The Bible is the "inspired and infallible Word of God." While Scripture reflects the personalities and cultures of the individual writers, it infallibly conveys God's revelation.Over the decades, the Christian Reformed Church has authorized several translations of the Bible to be used in worship services.The Christian Reformed Church had its beginning in the Netherlands.Today, the Christian Reformed Church is spread across the United States and Canada, while missionaries take its message to 30 countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.However, during the Enlightenment, that church strayed from Calvin's teachings.The common people responded by forming their own movement, worshiping in small groups called conventicles. Albertus Van Raalte saw that the only way to avoid further persecution was to go to the United States. To overcome the harsh conditions, they merged with the Dutch Reformed Church in New Jersey.Sunday should be a day of rest from work, except by necessity, and recreation should not interfere with church worship.Sin - The Fall introduced the "sin virus" into the world, which contaminates everything, from people to creatures to institutions.Redemption - God the Father refused to let sin conquer humanity.He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem the world through his sacrificial death.The Holy Spirit is God with us in the here and now, empowering and guiding both the church and individuals.Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the center of human history.The Christian Reformed Church professes the Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed.