Commission for Women

The Commission for Women is a group of eight women and men, lay and clergy, committed to the work of advocacy. Here are some current stats:

  • 63% of all RCA church members are women
  • 12% of all RCA clergy are women
  • 28% of RCA elders and deacons are women

For more information please contact us:

Reformed Church in America
4500 60th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

The Commission for Women was formed by an act of General Synod in 1978. Its charge from General Synod is to:

  • Raise awareness so that opportunities are provided for all women in the church
  • Provide information to the Nominations Committee to insure women's participation in leadership
  • Aid the church in inclusive language and attitudes
  • Work on strategies of systemic change toward the full participation of women
  • Collaborate with other RCA bodies on women's issues
  • Work in partnership with similar groups in other denominations

Want to be part of the Commission for Women? Fill out a profile form!

We bring recommendations to General Synod for the elimination of all barriers for women's participation in the church.

We go to the seminaries and listen to the concerns of women students.

We monitor the commissions and committees of the General Synod and advocate for equal representation by women.

We monitor the hiring patterns of denominational staff and advocate for equal representation by women.

Events for Women in the RCA

Save the dates

New Brunswick Theological Seminary invites you to the third annual Women’s Stories Day at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, co-hosted by the Reformed Church Center and the RCA Office for Women’s Transformation and Leadership, to be held on Saturday, 2 February 2019 (snow date 9 February 2019), from 10 am - 2:30 pm. This year’s theme will be: “Taking a Stand,” featuring stories of RCA women advocating to change their world.

RSVP here. 

Building God’s Church Together Learning Event

February 16, 2019
ReNew Community Church
Ames, Iowa

People throughout the Reformed Church in America have been exploring what it means for women and men to flourish in ministry...together! In partnership with the Classes of Central Iowa and Pleasant Prairie, we invite you to join us for this day-long workshop in a retreat-like setting. We will share the joys and challenges of partnering in ministry with someone of a different gender than you. Explore scripture, hear stories, identify your current realities, and imagine new pathways that can result in greater flourishing for women and men as they partner together in your ministry context. Local leaders will be joined by Dr. Rob Dixon, Rev. April Fiet, Ms. Lesley Mazzotta, and Rev. Liz Testa for an interactive, Spirit-led day of transformation and growth. 

Register now!

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Read the latest Women's Newsletter to find out more about upcoming events.