administration purposes the URC is organised into 13 Synods,
with a Synod Moderator. The whole church meets together in a
General Assembly every two years and elects two Moderators to serve
the intervening years. One Moderator being and an ordained
Minister and the other a Lay person.
The United Reformed Church was born
on 5th October 1972, with the uniting of the Presbyterian and
Congregational churches of England, two of the main strands
reform reaching back to Luther and Calvin.
Both churches arose out of the
Reform started by Martin Luther, a monk and theology Don at
Wittenburg University, when he nailed his Theses ( List of
complaints) to the door of Wittenburg Cathedral.
Luther was not concerned about
altering the shape of the church as long as the church didn't come
between a man and God.
Calvin however believed that
the church needed drastic restructuring ( re-forming).
that worship should be plain and simple. Every believer should be able
to understand the Bible and base their lives on it, and that every one
had a calling from God to serve him in their every
The Churches of Christ joined the
Union in 1981, followed by the Congregational Church of
in April 2000.
The URC therefore stands in the
Reformed tradition of Christian faith, and believes in one
who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The United Reformed Church finds the
supreme authority for faith, and conducted by the guidance of the
Spirit in the Word of God in the Bible.
The Church practices either infant
or believers baptism and celebrates the Lord's supper.
The URC also recognises the ministry
of all Gods people:-
All the members
serving in the world and through the church, in particular ministers of
Word and Sacrament, Elders, Lay Preachers,
Church Related Community Workers, and
NB The above text is not a
Quote from either of our two Moderators.
For further reading
the following sources :-
The United Reformed Church
............................ Kenneth Slack
Under God's Good