Creeds and Confessions

The Reformed Church in America is a confessional church. This means that, as a denomination, we affirm specific statements of belief called creeds and confessions. (Read more about the significance of confessions here.)

Along with most Christian churches, the Reformed Church accepts three creeds that were written in the first few centuries after Jesus's death: the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. In addition, four Standards of Unity tell what the Reformed Church believes: the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Confession of Belhar. In 1978, the Reformed Church approved Our Song of Hope as a contemporary statement of faith.

Full texts for these creeds, confessions, and statements of faith can be found below.

The Apostles' Creed

Full text of the contemporary and traditional versions of the Apostles' Creed.

The Athanasian Creed

Full text of the Athanasian Creed. 

Belgic Confession

The Belgic Confession, the oldest doctrinal standard of the RCA, is recognized as one of the best official summaries of Reformed doctrine.

Belhar Confession

The Belhar Confession is the newest standard of unity of the Reformed Church in America, one of its four standards of unity.

Canons of Dort

Written as a response to Arminianism, the Canons of Dort clarify the Reformed teaching of salvation and God’s grace.  

Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism is one of four Standards of Unity that tells what the Reformed Church believes.

The Nicene Creed

Full text of the Nicene Creed.

Our Song of Hope

A contemporary statement of faith adopted by General Synod in 1978.