What is the United Reformed Church?
In October 2012 the United Reformed Church celebrated its 40th 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 (URC) has continued to express its deep commitment to the visible unity of the whole Church.
In 1981 it entered into union with the Reformed Churches of Christ, and in the year 2000 with the Congregational Union of Scotland. The URC is in frequent dialogue on unity with other traditions, and has more than 400 local churches united with other denominations.
The URC comprises approximately 150,000 adults and 100,000 children and young people in 1750 congregations spread throughout England, Scotland and Wales, served by approximately 700 ministers, both men and women.
Though one of the smaller of Britain’s mainstream denominations, the URC stands in the historic tradition whose member denominations make up the largest single strand of Protestantism, with more than 70 million members worldwide. The United Reformed Church is a member of the World Council of Churches.
Along with other Reformed Churches, the URC 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 URC 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 understanding of the Christian faith, in a variety of mixtures.
See also the United Reformed Church website.